It could be so many things, no spark, no fuel, no air etc.
If the car just died it could be the fuel pump relay (engine bay I think) or the crankshaft position sensor. Also check the fuel pump connections and that they are running properly (under the rear passenger seat I think). It could also be the fuel filter clogged if it's not been changed for a while.
Most MBs of that year also had wiring harnesses that disintegrate, if yours wasn't changed it could also be the problem.
Anyway check the simple things first.
I'm not too familiar with your model so I may be wrong as to where the FP relay and pump/s are.
no spark. pulled a plug wire, no spark. getting good spark, car ran for a second, then died. cranked a second time, ran for a second, then died. will not crank third time. let it sit for 30 minutes, same deal. craks for a second twice, then nothing.
Sorry- I was working on the car last post- mad & in a hurry.
The car will occasionally start, run for about 5 seconds, & shut down. I pulled aplug wire, & when it shuts down, the spark goes, not the fuel. So, Crank sensor, Cam sensor, or both?
Any ideas? Need help. Mechanic by trade, Mercedes owner by marriage.
Pre 1996 models use the OBD1 diagnostic system, if you follow the advice on how to read and clear codes, you should be able to determine where your problem lies.
My 1993 SL500 has the same system and I constructed a simple LED code reader. If your car has the LED in the engine bay as shown in the above link, that will be easier to use.
The attached PDF will show your model and the the DTC fault codes.
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