I have a crusty 1979 300 SD with actual 110k miles, winter salt cancer, 25-30 MPG on 50% 1 micron WVO.
Vandals took to radio and climate control panel. They must be MB fans as they did not use side cutters.
While OEM parts are nice, $450 climate control panel is a bit steep for this old lady.
Can this system be 'hot wired'? I do not expect to get the AC running, but heat/defrost is nice in Wisconsin.
Long term goal is to find a better body for this gals running gear.