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Old 11-19-2004, 02:59 PM
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You know Jimmy, that's very polite for you to do that. Sounds like good informatin on the car. Question is Brandon going to buy?
I going to call the dealer here at lunch and play some cards. Like what was stated above earlier, and lay it on thick that he told me A, B, and C and the truth is X, Y, and Z. Like the AC and the antenna. Especailly the rust. Rust really, really bothers me.

Jimmy, I couldn't tell from the pic, but do you think the metal is toast, or would some grinding take it down to some nice fresh metal? I would hate to grind away and find a big gaping hole.
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Old 11-19-2004, 07:18 PM
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I personally think white is one of the better colors. I don't know if there is a mercedes specific problem with white, but white hides dirt and body damage the best. Not good for trying to see the belmishes in the car one is considering buying though. But the darker the color the more shows up. Look at a jet black car, you have to wash it all the time and any little dent or scratch shows up. I think that is kinda annoying myself. White "stays" clean.
I think tan hides the dirt the best
its the trade off of all worlds :-D
But it can be rather ugly...definitely grows on you though haha.

I love the look of jet black...I would clean it....I want a black benz so bad
anyone not like washing their 300D Turbo or 300SD?
I'll trade my tan for your black...:-D
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Old 11-19-2004, 08:01 PM
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I love the look of jet black...I would clean it....I want a black benz so bad
White is Nice, But Black is my favorite, with the palomino interior
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:59 PM
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Door rust

Brandon,
While the door rust was ugly looking, I wouldn't worry about it. First of all, that's all the rust there was. Whole car! Second, it's on the rear door frame. Worst case scenario would be to grind and putty, but I don't think it's that deep. It was confined to only a couple of inches.
In reading back over this thread I need to clarify something I think. I believe I stated something like "if I had the money I would buy that car post-haste". That meant if I was looking and found this car I would be comfortable buying it. I did NOT mean that if I had the money now I would buy it out from under Brandon. I would never do someone like that, even just 'posting buddies'. Just wanted to clarify.....
So.......what the heck did you do???????
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Old 11-19-2004, 11:06 PM
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Yes JimmyL all is good. I was wondering what he had done. Haven't heard back. Maybe he went to Dallas to pick her up.
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Old 11-20-2004, 12:50 AM
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Nope Darn-it

Me and my truck were volunteered by my girlfriend to help her friend pick up a couch and my girlfriend could get her couch back that was on "loan." Five hours later, I get home and it's 9pm. So I didn't really have the time to drill the dealer and work something out. It's too late to call and there is no way I am driving down there tomorrow without any guarantee that the car will even be there. And they be closed on Sunday, who knows, maybe I could convince him of coming in on his day off and sell me the car? I wonder if that is legal, since I believe it is against the law for a dealer to be open on Sunday. Of course he said some guy is coming up from Austin to take a look at the car - Tom, would that be you? Get it if you want it, I won't be able to and somebody here might as well get it. Or Jimmy, you did all the work, and you really liked it. Pick it up and try to get rid of the wagon.

I did get the number to the previous owner. Some lady, and I called her, but no answer. I really wanted to talk to her.

I'm kinda bummed, as I was looking forward to finally getting an MB. But oh-well, another will come along sometime. It's just frustating spending so much time looking, and calling people, asking them the same questions over and over, judging their character, thinking this may be the one, looking at the car (in this case Jimmy was nice enough to do that for me) and then walking away. Start the process again.

Next week I go out of town for thanskgiving, visit the ol' grandparents. So even if the car was still for sale, I couldn't get it. I would have to wait for the weekend after the next two. I dont' think it will be there still. I could have it shipped for $500-700, but I may as well buy a $4000 car then. They seem to get pretty nice around that price.

Speaking of more money... Tom, what year, how many miles on your SDL. How much did you pay? Do you have experience with the 617? I wonder how different they drive.

Maybe I'll try to call the previous owner agian and then the dealer. See if there is something we can work out. But really don't think anybody else should feel bad if they want to jump on this thing.
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Old 11-20-2004, 02:04 AM
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Hey Brandon, Nah it's not me. Not sure who it is from here in Austin. You probably should get ahold of that guy and talk to him. He'd probably sell it to you if you could come down to Dallas. Looks and sounds nice from Jimmy. It'd be hard to pass up.

Well I love my 300 SDL, 1986. I've got 168k on it I have the 603 engine. It's nice, it's got a lot of get up and go. The 617 i'm not familiar with, but I hear alot of guys talking about how great a car it is, more simplified than that of the 603. Either way if you can get a 123 or 126 you'll be doing great.

Hope you can get that car. It's nice..
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Old 11-20-2004, 03:37 PM
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Talked to the original owner

She was a very nice lady. I was misktaken, the car is from Luisianna, not Pennsylvania. But get this, she bought the car in Germany in 1984. She also swears that it has never been repainted. Which is wierd since both Jimmy and the dealer say it looks like it was definately repainted. She said no, but people always wanted to wax the car for her, so it's been waxed a whole bunch. Allways garaged. She said it just started to get old and had "little leaks." The freon started to leak so she would just charge it every summer. She said she's never done anything major to it. I think she pretty much drove the car and got the oil changed. But, she did give me the number to the mechanic who serviced it every time. It's looking like a pretty good find, except that I wish there had been more preventative maintenance done to it. A talk with the mechanic would be awesome. And the dealer said I could buy it and he would just park it in the back with sold signs on it. No storage fee and I could pick it up whenever I could.

That's wierd about the paint thing. Anything I should know about the German import cars? Or maybe she was just confused since it came from germany she thinks she bought it in germany. But I asked after she said that, "you bought the can in Germany?" and she said, "yes." She said she took the germany plate off at the dealership when she traded it in.

Who knows.

OH yeah, and she traded it in for $1000 off the car she bought. Basically, the dealer got this car for free.

Brandon

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Old 11-20-2004, 05:09 PM
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Sounds like a great car. And now you know one of the most important things--how much the dealer paid. Use that knowledge to get a better price.

It never ceases to amaze me that the dealers can get cars like that for next to nothing AND they bring them the car AND they make money on the new one.

I'm a 123/617 diehard fan, but I'd jump on that one due to its history. If the lady was willing to give up the mechanics name there can't be anything major wrong with it. At least you wouldn't think so.

Let us know...

Cheers,

Bill
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:09 PM
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Bummer

Well, in between the time I called the lady and called the dealer back, somebody put a deposit on the car. Now I start the whole process over again.

Thanks again Jimmy for looking at this car and helping me out. And Tom for bugging me to buy it.

If you guys want one to fix up, looks like it might be pretty easy, check this one out Here's one somebody could fix up. I think it might be pretty nice. I'm going to keep looking for one that I hopefully wont have to dump money into as soon as I get it home.
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:24 PM
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Well, in between the time I called the lady and called the dealer back, somebody put a deposit on the car. Now I start the whole process over again.

Thanks again Jimmy for looking at this car and helping me out. And Tom for bugging me to buy it.

If you guys want one to fix up, looks like it might be pretty easy, check this one out Here's one somebody could fix up. I think it might be pretty nice. I'm going to keep looking for one that I hopefully wont have to dump money into as soon as I get it home.
Too bad, but you'll find one. I looked for a long time, bought a fixer/upper 'cause I was tired of lookin' and of course just two months after I bought the fixer wreck, I find a nice one. So, I bought the "good" one as well and sold the fixer wreck. And before anyone gets offended that I didn't offer my fixer to anyone on the forum first, I sold it before my forum days...

Cheers,

Bill
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Old 11-20-2004, 11:51 PM
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Thanks again Jimmy for looking at this car and helping me out. And Tom for bugging me to buy it.
Hey sorry Brandon, Don't worry, the good thing about it, is that it helps you get a better understanding for the good car that you want. It's a learning experience and it hones your skills. I know your disappointed, but your better choice will come soon.

Keep an eye out for a 123 or a 126, my favorite models
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