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Old 07-29-2005, 11:39 PM
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420sel

I recently had the pleasure of acquiring a 1988 Mercedes Benz 420SEL.





Had a few questions, this being my first benz and all. First, how much would it cost to put a nice, fresh black coat of paint on it? What sort of modifications or upgrades would you recommend putting on this old beauty? And finally, is there any advice or tips anyone has regarding this car? Thanks!
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:52 PM
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Congrats on that new beauty!

Get a new wheel center cap for the back wheel in the pic!

How many miles?

if over 120K, replace the timing chain (if stretched) and all timing chain guides and rails.

I recommend European headlights but if not that then, get new headlight doors... it will make the front end look new!
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Old 07-30-2005, 12:02 AM
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Thanks for the prompt reply. I have read up a bit on the timing chain problems. The car is just over 200k miles right now. How much do you estimate the repairs would cost?
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Old 07-30-2005, 12:04 AM
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Also, where do you recommend buying parts, such as the headlight doors that you mentioned?
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Old 08-02-2005, 10:04 PM
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Forget the headlight doors get a set of Euro lights.

As for a repaint Maco charges $200, or a very high quality job will be just about $10k.

For a good paint job I would expect to pay about $3k-$5k, depending on how much body work is needed.
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:32 PM
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Buy the headlight doors from here, or scour ebay.

Cheap paintjobs will show up on your chrome molding (actually anodized aluminum). Good paintshops will remove the moldings before they spray, which of course costs more money. Glasurit is usually what MB uses for paint. Use the paint code to match paint - However your car looks to be a color other than black.

Also, if you have the money, the chrome (again, aluminum) on the grille can be replaced, and make a good bit of difference in the appearance. As well as a new grill insert, but that's more money.

Enjoy your ride!

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Oh, spend around $3k for a decent paint job.
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Old 08-05-2005, 11:50 PM
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A new set of headlight doors will run you about $170. You can sometimes get a good deal on new ones thru an ebay auction. If you can get them for $150, jump on it.

Once again, a new set will make your front end look 100% better.

Here are some before/after pics of the 350SDL I had when I replaced mine.
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I wasted my money on a set of headlight doors, but then ended up buying euro headlights. They are the one best upgrade you can do to a MB, you will see much better at night.
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Old 08-06-2005, 05:45 PM
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I wasted my money on a set of headlight doors, but then ended up buying euro headlights. They are the one best upgrade you can do to a MB, you will see much better at night.

Well, there you go. You can sell your headlight doors to PLAN B and make some money back.
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:00 PM
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A $200 set of Depo Euro lights will take years off the front end on a W126. Or you can go premium and get Bosch euros for $600 or so. Throw in a nice set of clear corners, euro bumper and wiper conversion, and a new grill with the insert painted back and you will have a very sharp car.
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Well, there you go. You can sell your headlight doors to PLAN B and make some money back.
I wish I could, but I have a 93 300E Sportline. However if anyone needs them, I have the headlights left & right complete including corners.
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Old 08-06-2005, 07:23 PM
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Thanks a bunch guys, I'll let you know how it gues
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Old 08-06-2005, 09:33 PM
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I wish I could, but I have a 93 300E Sportline. However if anyone needs them, I have the headlights left & right complete including corners.
Are you talking about for your 300E? I will gladly buy your headlight doors from you if you want to sell them? Are they in good shape? how much do you want for them?
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93 400E 105K (sold)
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Are you talking about for your 300E? I will gladly buy your headlight doors from you if you want to sell them? Are they in good shape? how much do you want for them?
Yes, from a 300E, & they are in good shape, clean & clear. I have the whole assembly for the left & right side, including a never installed set of clear corners if needed. Please e mail me an offer.
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Old 08-06-2005, 11:47 PM
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Shorebenz, you have mail!
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93 400E 105K (sold)
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