I'm tring to find information about the Mercedes, SL 380 roadester for the 1981 model.

Asked by May 18, 2013 at 08:29 AM about the 1981 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Looking at purchasing a 1981 SL380 convertable and what to know information about the car. Also things to look for while reviewing the car.

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Ask the owners on these forums. --- http://www.benzworld.org/forums/ --- http://mbworld.org/forums/ --- http://mercedesforum.com/forum/

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This model originally had a plastic gear sprocket which drove the timing chain.Of course over time these got brittle and broke.The problem is well known and most owners had their plastic gear replaced with a steel gear and double metal chain drive like the older SL450... I prefer the 1980 or 81 SL450 to the Sl380s...... ask this question before buying.

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