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Mercedes-Benz 300TE Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Mercedes-Benz 300TE

Mercedes-Benz 300TE Problems

The sunroof may not work correctly due to failed components as a result of age and wear. Repairing a sunroof can be labor intensive and very costly.

Internal and External engine oil & coolant leaks can develop from the head gasket and/or timing cover gasket; these leaks should be repaired before the engine oil and coolant intermix which can result in severe engine damage.

The part that attaches the distributor rotor to the camshaft can break; the starter will still crank, but the engine will not start.

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Mercedes-Benz 300TE Questions

Odometer/trip counter has stopped, speedo works.

It seems like it isn't going to start then when I put my foot down on the throttle it eventually fires. Mostly happens when it is warm.

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Mercedes-Benz 300TE Reviews

Awesome car! These cars were so over-engineered and built as to almost never wear out. We drive "Betty" all over the Big Island with no worries about break-downs, etc. If you think getting your oil/filter changed is a service, you're heading for trouble, no matter what you drive. I service the car well, near-new tires, belts, hoses, etc. replaced on a regular basis. Use only Premium fuel...

Over all the car is very well made mine has 270,000 miles normal maint is required.

I have purchased a 1990 300TE. Bodywork fab, general condition is awesome throughout. Some slight problems with the transmission, but nothing that a transmission oil change and check on vacuum pipes won't cure. All in all fantastic! My car has completed 217,000 miles so far. good for another 200,000 with good care.

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