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That looks definitely worth saving !!
They all need welding at some point, might as well be now :)
Just an idea, is the motor getting hot, does it have a thermal cut out switch?
It should be under 50 milliamps.
You may need to wait for up to 30 minutes for the car to fully shut down.
Based on what you describe, I would be checking the earthing points thoroughly, those symptoms sound familiar.
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Mine has been exemplary to be honest, now done 56k on a 13 plate.
My 2012 E Class Coupe 350 CDI now on ebay.
A well looked after car.
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I would suggest SS Motors in Weybridge, they know the 124 and 126's very well as an alternative recommendation.
I bought a Lidl one a few years ago, it lasted around 18 months before dying on me, maybe I was unlucky.
But at that price, they are almost...
Is it in gear?
Are you putting you foot on the brake before starting it?
I know it sounds obvious, but as its your father in laws car, perhaps...
Yep, my son has one, never had an issue with parts either from MB, as well as loads of aftermarket pattern parts.
My view is that i depends on how handy you are with the spanners.
Its a 30 year old car, I had a 560 sec, and they are fabulous, but as a daily...
I have done this from the positive under the red tab, not an issue.
There is a nice earthing point about 6 inches in front of the positive...
well done, i am enjoying your updates.
The W210 is a much underrated car.
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A lot of those are convenience functions, which are likely to run off the convenience battery.
You said you changed the battery, did you change...
As mentioned by st13phil, there can be Balance Shaft Issues on the M272 engine, which were sorted on the later ones.
Here is a link to the MB...
Any compatible camera and plugged in to the Comand unit with a Fakra connector should in theory work.
But you will need to update the data card,...
My money is on the MAF, unlikely to show up on a code reader and the symptoms fit