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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

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Mercedes-Benz 420SEL Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Other than a defective motor, a bad switch or blower motor resistor assembly can cause an inoperative heater blower motor.

Engine -- Verified

It is not uncommon for the idle air compensator to get stuck in one position, resulting in the engine idle speed (rpm) being too high or too low. Replacement of the failed compensator may be necessary to correct this concern.

Engine -- Verified

The timing chain and timing chain guides wear; they should be replaced every 100,000 miles.

Engine -- Verified

The rubber boot connecting the throttle body to the intake
manifold tends to crack. This can cause hard starting, rough or erratic
idle, and engine performance problems.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Valve stem seals may wear and cause the engine to burn oil. this can contaminate the catalytic converter and cause it to fail.

Mercedes-Benz 420SEL Questions and Answers

tx77703, 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL, Beaumont, TX

1989 420 sel new valve job having problems hard to start when cold and after driving up to normal temp also the eco neelde stays in center when at a red light and the car is in gear

u.perpar, 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL, Indiana, PA

what is coreect atf fluid for 420 sel and where does it get filled once drained

RC90, 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL, Oakdale, CA

car stalled while on the road. plenty of fuel(half tank) turns over fine. no prior problems. Any suggestions or ideas

JNM, 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL, Richmond, TX

I have a 1986 420 SEL and had to replace the window. The plastic clip which is used to attach the window rotor to the actual glass was broken and I went to the dealership and got a new one. How d...

Visitor, 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL, Aurora, CO

what would effect my tranny shifting down from 3rd to 2nd or when I'm slowing down 2nd to 1st,is it a vacuum problem or something more serious

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Mercedes-Benz 420SEL Reviews

great car!! still a head turner after almost 20years.. have owned my 91 420sel now for 5 years and still performs, looks, handles and drives like brand new with only 150k...maintenance can be costly..GREAT Highway cruiser..no cup holders :( .. last of the big(long) dinosaurs..

THE HANDLING REALLY NICE THE VENT DOES NOT OPENING TOOK ME FOR AWHILE TO GET AC ON ALMOST 1991 S CLASS HAVING PROBLEM WITH CRUISE CONTROL SWITCH IT'S DOESN'T WORKING SOME TIMES DOES.I'VE GOT BAD FUEL PUMP ON BOTH LEAKING TO REPLACED COST ME $500.000.

what other automobile would you even consider that has 150k miles and still cost $5k or better..and get a consistent thumbs up!

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