No problem. I would just try to check out that tranny leak. That seems to be the only real issue. The A/C, like you said is not a big issue, nor is the "check engine" light. Hopefully the heating is something simple. If the tranny is just a leak caused from a bad gasket, then I would offer the $2200. I would not go past that price with the leakage, unless it is as simple as a gasket. Like the advice given, I would have it checked out by a mechanic that you can trust.
Actually, I do not have a 86' 560SEL, but that was what I was seriously considering at the time I joined the fourms here, so I was "stuck" with that name.
, I actually have a 1985 380SE 4dr sedan. You have an advantage over me, you have RECORDS. Unfortunately, I do not. Sad really, because my car was one owner from 1985-2000. The man I bought it from owned it since 2000. He said that the PO did not keep any of the records, but the car has obviously been cared for, which is a plus. It too is a southern car and 100% rust free. Unbelievably, it has no leaks. I am thinking it may have had a good service not too long before the PO sold it. My only issue now is a belt missing from the airpump and two windows don't work. I do not have a check engine light, only a "oxygen sensor" warning lamp.
Originally Posted by denny franks
Thanks for the replies.
Gigtime: Yes the car did have the scheduled mercedes services done evidenced by the stickers in the owner's maintenance manual. The lack of a/c doesn't bother me as much as the lack of heat. Maybe a monovalve thing or likely some electrical issue is causing this. I agree, though, on the tranny leak as I would have tried to complete the deal had there been none. I don't like leaky cars.
86560SEL: Thanks for the welcome! From your username, sounds like you have a nice car. Evidently, the car has been garaged it's whole life and I did check around it for more rust and found none.
What I sense happened is that the owner just got sick of putting money into the car and decided to sell it rather than throw more into it. In fact, in his ad he mentioned that the reason for selling was the cost of fixing the a/c was more than the car was worth. But, as we all know, these Mercedes are worth more than people realize. These cars are built so solidly. These one owner cars with history are a little more difficult to come by around here and taking a crapshoot with a dealer is something I don't like the thought of.
Basically, I can live with the lack of functioning creature comforts like a/c, but if putting another $1500 +/- into a car with a complete maintenance history will insure a few good years in the best Stuttgart had to offer, I wouldn't mind.