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About Mercedes-Benz 380SE

Being a model of the Mercedes-Benz W126, which is a series of S-Class automobiles and the S-Class is formerly known as Sonderklasse (German for "special class", abbreviated as "S-Klasse"), and is Mercedes-Benz's flagship as well as the successor to Mercedes-Benz Type 300, Mercedes-Benz 380SE was built by the Daimler-Benz between 1979 and 1985 as a full-size luxury car. Originally introduced as a model of the second-generation S-Class, 380SE was selected as the Car of the Year by Wheels Magazine. But after being available for about two model years in the North American market, the production of the 380SE was ended.
Mercedes-Benz 380SE (W126) made its debut for the 1984 model year at the North American market when the S-Class was in its second generation. It was offered in only one body style, 2-door sedan and came in only one trim level. "SE" in its name stands for S-Klasse-Einspritzmotor and it had standard wheelbase. Featured the complex but effective self-leveling air suspension system, beautifully fitted walnut burl dashboard, large round instrument, power steering, power windows, air conditioning, a radio and leather upholstery, safety innovations, including the first seatbelt pretensioners, driver side airbag, passenger side airbag, Traction Control System (TCS), namely Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR), Anti-locking Braking System (ABS), crumple zones front and rear, fluted taillights, high strength low alloy steel, courtesy lights on the underside of the doors, eight-way powered, dual stage heated front seats, and optional automatic climate control and others, 380SE got power from a 3.8 L V8 rated 201 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque and power was sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed 4G-Tronic automatic transmission.

Mercedes-Benz 380SE Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

No matter how tough it was built, you still could not ignore the fact that the youngest Mercedes-Benz 380SE now is at least thirty-two years old, which is not an optimistic figure for a vehicle. In other words, you must make good preparation for these common problems on it:
First, needless to explain, the engine failure definitely ranks first among all other problems on Mercedes-Benz 380SE. This problem is often regarded as the omen of the vehicle breaking down and you are advised to solve them as soon as you can. According to experienced 380SE drivers, when the engine starts to make strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling, you should know something wrong is with the engine. Soon, the engine will have performance issues such as misfiring, stalling, hard starting or inability to start. Finally, before the vehicle breaks down completely, it will see a decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy. When the Check Engine Light comes on, then the 380SE spark plug, air filter, oil filter, engine control module, oxygen sensor, exhaust manifold gasket, fuel pump and valve cover gasket need a thorough inspection.
Second, another common and serious problem on Mercedes-Benz 380SE is the transmission failure, which is often lead to drivability problem and make the vehicle impotent. Considering most 380SE have no idea about how to diagnose and solve this problem, these recognizable and simple symptoms of it provided by professional 380SE repairmen will be helpful for you. Starting with the clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, leaking transmission fluids on the ground and the indicator failing to match the gear, then the transmission slips or surges, the vehicle starts in another gear or refuses to go into any gear and you find hard to shift gear. All these symptoms should be attributed to the 380SE transmission assembly, shift cable, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, transfer case seal and clutch fork.
However, apart from knowing about above-mentioned problems on your Mercedes-Benz 380SE, you need to spare extra efforts to routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts of it. Parts including 380SE seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, cabin air filter, fog light and headlight must be maintained routinely to ensure a safe and comfortable driving environment.
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