I am considering a 1984 380SE but I need to know what the annual
maintenance costs are. Its from family so I was trying to ask
elsewhere rather than have him dig out his receipts for the past 15
years. The car is driven about once a month for a week at a time when
my sister in law travels to Florida and has a total of 75K miles. If
you could also let me know what major repairs I will face as I get to
125K miles that would be helpful.
Possibly warm up regulator but easily adjusted with bending
Distributor and cap
Spark plug wires if misfiring
It is pretty much like this... once or twice a year repair... and each of
those repair is good enough for another 100K miles.
In 84 they switched to the double timing chain, so that shouldn't be a
problem, but I would double check that.
Mine recently needed new motor mounts, and some kind of unit on the
transmission, which in itself didn't cost much, but there was a lot of
labor in locating the problem. It also had some rusting around the
bottom corners of the rear window, requiring painting and a new seal (I
think rubber parts just don't last 20 years). Last week it failed the
emisions testing and needed a new catalytic converter, which my mechanic
said was probably due to age. I also have some separation of the wood
veneer on the dash which I haven't fixed yet.
Despite these things, it is still a beautiful car and a pleasure to drive.
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