I am thinking about buying a 1984 380 sl 5 speed euro version.
Any praise?? Any things I should watch out for??? What would be good
price?? Excellent condition and 65000 miles. One owner.
I have 1985 500sel with AMG package. Great car, but it now has 170k on it
and we keep having small problems pop up. Its my wife's car, so I get an
earful when the slightest things happen. It has been dripping AT fluid for
about a year now, not bad, just enough to make a mess in garage. I spent
about $600 to have new front pump seal put in it, which fixed it for about
two weeks. Now that it is leaking again, I am ready to buy something with
less miles on it and manual transmission!
Was our first mercedes and even though it was 15 years old when we bought
it, it has been one of the best cars we have ever owned.
thanks. Shop is two hours away, took 5 weeks first time. I am ready for a
change. Besides, i like a 5 speed. I probably will take the car back though.
Then try to sell. It actually looks cool with the spoiler on back.
I have an American-spec 1981 380SL with an automatic transmission, so
I cannot comment on the Euro specifications nor standard transmission,
but I can comment on the rest of the car. In short, it's really an
enjoyable vehicle. It's fun to drive, seats two quite comfortably, and
maintenance is good. It also has a good-sized trunk. Parts are a little
expensive, but as I understand it overall maintenance is comparable to a
One important thing to check is the timing chain. Make sure the
engine has the double timing chain and change it as soon as you get it.
If it has the single-row chain you can get it converted.
I had an unttraceable ATF leak and it turned out to be very sneaky. The
metal clips that hold the lines going from the transmission to the
cooler, had worn pin holes in the lines. When the car was newly parked
or starting in the driveway, the fluid leaked, but after the system
pressure dissipated, nothing would drip. It took me a year to track it
mine is dripping off the bottom of torque converter and from pan gasket. I
could fix pan gasket myself, I assume the torque converter is getting leaked
on from front seal again, which I think would be a pretty big job.
The 380 SL was never available from the factory with a manual transmission. Are
you sure this info is correct? All 380 SL models (U.S., Europe, etc.) had
4-speed automatic transmissions. Maybe it's a (W 107) 6-cylinder 280 SL which
was never available as a U.S. model and was available in Europe with a 5-speed
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