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#148 of 518 I really liked the Nakamichis, too.
Aug 22, 2002 (9:45 am)
I think we're starting to see a backlash against the gaudy, flashy aftermarket stereos that have been forced on us. If you look at the 2001 Blaupunkt T-line compared to the 2002 models the new ones are far more restrained and tasteful.
In the end I chose the Blau strictly on convenience and price - a local shop had the San Diego in stock for $100 ($60 less than Crutchfield!), while even the cheapest Nakamichis were $200+++ and I couldn't find a convenient source. If I were installing it in a Benz I probably would have cared more about sound quality but in a noisy, snarly Alfa about the best you can hope for is to hear it above the engine / wind noise. Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!
#149 of 518 more on Nakamichi
Aug 22, 2002 (10:01 am)
Bad news. I guess Nak is having some "supply chain" difficulties during a model changeover. They have phased out the CD35z and 40z models and are expecting to be able to supply the CD-45Z in about 3-4 weeks, but at a higher price, along with a new series of gear.
Our second choice is made by Eclipse. It is kind of similar to the Blau in overall design, although the LED screens are a little more pronounced. But does have all the modern technology we are looking for including a separate sub-woofer channel and comes highly recommended by our install guy. At least it doesn't flash lights and silly designs
My wife decided not to wait (and pay more) for the Nak, so I'm going in Saturday for the Eclipse.
Aug 22, 2002 (10:59 am)
Might even be more reliable, too.
#151 of 518 Driver's side reclining seat jamming up
Sep 19, 2002 (10:12 am)
My '80 450SL driver's seat doesn't like to recline. The shaft which links the knob from the left side to the right side comes out of the square-drive gear that it fits into. Usually I can fit the shaft back in, and then it works. But invariably it comes out, and then the knob freezes up and jams. This has resulted in my driving around with the cover off of the back of the driver's seat.
Has anyone else encountered this problem, and/or know of a fix?
Sep 19, 2002 (2:44 pm)
Must be a lost retaining clip or pin somewhere in that seat. You could unbolt it and take it to an upholsterer if you can't figure out how to secure it. they do this kind of stuff all the time.
Sep 20, 2002 (12:27 pm)
Or take it to a shop that does interior restoration, seat rebuilding and reappolstering.
I don't know about the 450SL, but our 380SL has the manual seat adjust (forward-backwards) on an incredibly tight spring. One end on the seat bottom. One end secured to the floorboards. Disconnecting it wasn't too bad, but it takes a lot of muscle, experience, or proper tools, or some combination of the 3 to resecure the spring if you have disconnected it to remove the seat. I've taken seat out from several makes of cars, including two other MBs, with manual and electric mechanisms, to be able to remove the carpet for replacement or deep cleaning while detailing the car......the SL seat was the only one I ran into problems with. I ended up having the spring reinstalled by a shop.... how embarrassing.
#154 of 518 So is anyone else with an interest in these old cars still out there?
Nov 12, 2002 (1:54 pm)
Got my wife's 380SL ready for the winter rainy season here. Shampooed the canvas and stowed it. Bolted on the hard-top. Gave it a good cleaning and waxing top to bottom.
With 5,000 miles on those new Dunlop Sport 8000s I can say that overall they are pretty nice handling tires and seem very grippy, but the deep vertical grooves makes them a little twitchy with any imperfections in the road surface.
Other than that, the car is running great with 106K miles on it.
#155 of 518 Looking for mechanic in Hollywood, CA to service 89 560 SL.
Apr 02, 2006 (8:57 am)
I have an `89 560 SL with ~130,000 miles on it. I've been to all the dealers in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica area, and find the service to be atrocious and ridiculously expensive. For a 17 year old car, my SL is in pretty good shape, but I need a major service (brakes, front tie rods/bushing, engine compression check, etc.)and I'm looking for a mechanic I can establish a relationship with in the Hollywood/Silverlake area of L.A. who works on classic Mercedes'. Any suggestions?
#156 of 518 Re: Looking for mechanic in Hollywood, CA to service 89 560 SL. [la8956sl]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 02, 2006 (9:15 am)
Call Heritage Classics Motorbooks in West Hollywood and ask if they know anyone. You might also find some good books about your car there as well.
Apr 02, 2006 (11:15 am)
You should be able to find a place...from my experience, every decent metro area has some good independent MB shops, and I would expect many in LA. I wouldn't take my car to the dealer unless it is under warranty...the labor here (Seattle) is $125/hr and I am sure it is more there. My independent charges barely more than half that, and his shop is spotless, and he has a large clientele.