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Mercedes Benz 280 Parts and Mercedes Benz 280 Accessories

6 Things You Need to Know about the Mercedes Benz 280

  • Mercedes Benz has actually sold several automobiles under the name “280.” A total of 24 cars that shared the 280 nameplate were sold from 1959 to 1994. The first one was also called the W11, which is actually a name given to several top-range Mercedes Benz vehicles produced from 1959 to 1968. The last 280, on the other hand, was more known as the W202-a compact executive car introduced in 1993.
  • A Mercedes Benz 280, the Mercedes 280 SE convertible (W11) to be exact, was used in the movie “Bridget Jones's Diary.” It was primarily chosen because it exudes elegance and style, which is very appropriate for Hugh Grant's character, Daniel Cleaver-Bridget Jones' (played by Renee Zellweger) boss in the movie.
  • It really looks like the Mercedes Benz 280 was a real hit on Hollywood. The Mercedes Benz 280S (W108) was used in the classic film “The Driver.” Ryan O'Neal's character showed vehicle owners what slick driving and a superb can do.
  • Top Gear, a British television show about motor vehicles or cars, featured the Mercedes Bens 280 SL in one of their segments (season 3, episode 8). Its host, Jeremy Clarkson, admired the 280 SL and even called it as one of the vehicles from the 1960s that stood the test of time.
  • When it comes to exposure, the Mercedes Benz 280 already had so much. Top-notch magazines like GQ, Belgian webzine Gentlemen's Corner,, and The Daily Telegraph featured the W11 in so many articles. This particular Mercedes Benz model was included in several prestigious lists such as the “20 Most Stylish Cars in the Past 50 years” by GQ in 2010, “Ten Cars that Made Mercedes Benz” by Gentlemen's Corner, David Gandy's ( “15 Favorite Cars,” and “The 100 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time” by The Daily Telegraph.
  • The Mercedes Benz 280 was not all glamour, though. It also has accolades when it comes to motorsports. As a matter of fact, in 1983, a specially modified 280 GE won the very tough Paris-Dakar rally. The car was driven by Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur. That year, the course was rough as it crossed the Tenere desert for the first time, which lead to 40 competitors getting lost because of the sandstorm.

Mercedes Benz 280 Articles

  • Mercedes Benz 280: Common Problems

    Mercedes Benz came up with quite a number of automobiles, which were designated the “280” model name. And with its reputation for manufacturing cars with excellent quality and performance, it is without a doubt that many car enthusiasts were impressed with the Mercedes Benz 280. However, greatness is never absolute. Mercedes Benz 280 had its share of flaws that some drivers usually yack about. But don't worry too much because these issues can be resolved to attain maximum performance. Listed below are the common problems with a Mercedes Benz 280 and what to do about them.

    Electrical system problems

    Most electrical issues with Mercedes Benz 280 involve faulty wiring, which could cause the vehicle to gradually lose its power while it is being driven. Eventually, the car would shut down and refuse to run again. In this case, try charging the battery to give it the boost it needs to function. However, expect that the fuel gauge, odometer, and other gauges would not work. This problem could be due to a deteriorated wiring harness. If left in this condition for a long time, a fire or road accident is surely not far from happening.

    Airbag warning light issues

    It is a common occurrence for the airbag warning light on a Mercedes Benz 280 to keep coming on especially when driving. This light should only turn on if there is a problem with the airbag system, and normally it only comes on for a few seconds. However, if it stays on, make sure to act quickly because this indicates a problem with the airbag. If not given the proper fix, the airbag might fail from deploying during an accident. So never ignore this problem because it might just result into serious harm. Resetting the airbag light is highly recommended. However, it is also advisable to go to a professional mechanic who will run a diagnostic on the airbag electronic control unit (ECU).

    Windshield noise

    The problem with the windshield wiper of a Mercedes Benz 280 is believed to be a design flaw. A ping noise, which is not really loud, could be heard. After a few seconds, a crack then appears on the windshield. In this case, the windshield would have to be replaced.