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Old 07-29-2003, 10:44 PM
rrobben rrobben is offline
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Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Louisville, KY
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For what it's worth....

I purchased a 93 500 SEL from a family friend on June 1st. It had 119K miles at the time, and I knew going in that I would have to do a few things to get it up to speed. To date, I have spent over $4,000 on it at a very good inde shop. The list reads:

Wiring harness
Valve cover gaskets
New p/s gear box
new seat belts
flush and fill radiator
new thermostat
Oil pan gasket
New serpentene belt
PVC kit
Oil and filter cartridge
rotate tires

Now, after discovering this forum, I would do some of these things myself. But at the time, I was "scared" of this big, expensive car.

So, after 6 weeks and about 100 gallons of fuel (did I mention it only gets 17 MPG?) what's the verdict?


I had a Lexus before. It was nice, but nothing exceptional. In the 6 weeks I've had the Benz, 2 different total strangers have commented to me about how nice my car is. One lady (at the gas station..imagine that) circled back to my pump, rolled down her window, and asked me "What kind of Mercedes is that?" I told her, and she just shock her head and said "Well, that sure is a beautiful car!" Nobody ever said that about the Lexus.

There is nothing like driving the w140 big Benz!
1993 500 SEL 121,000
2003 Toyota 4Runner 4X4 Limited (Sweet!)
1995 Ford Bronco 351 Windsor 135K miles (Hunting truck)

Past Vehicles
1999 Landrover Discovery II 46,000 (Sold)
1998 Lexus ES300 (Sold to get my Benz)
1973 Chevy Nova SS (drove it till the body fell apart in '87)
1971 Chevy Camaro (wrecked in high school)
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