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Old 02-03-2019, 04:50 PM
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W123 Rear End Collision Cost-Benefit

I have a 1985 W123 300D Turbo California version, with 72,000 miles on the odometer, which was in a rear end collision back in October 2014. We had a repair shop repair the right rear end side member, quarter panel, trunk pieces etc. However the job was largely done incorrectly with harvested clip pieces. We are now doing a second phase collision repair with a reputable body shop with knowledge in older model Mercedes.

My main question is in regards to the repair of the rear right side member (part# 123-610-02-10) (luckily the left side was largely unharmed in the collision). Is it best to replace the entire side member, or is sectioning sufficient? My concern is long term value of the vehicle. All other components of the car are pristine. The original owner had it garaged, all paperwork intact, clean interior, etc.

Any advise/perspective would be appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2019, 04:53 PM
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Where are you located? If you are in Southern California, I can recommend an excellent body shop/painter with lots of experience on W123 models.
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Old 02-03-2019, 04:55 PM
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Don't have any advice to offer really, but I've got a 1982 300SD that I'm just using for parts. The rear end is basically mint. I'm on the other side of the country from you but if you need any of the parts off of it just shoot me a PM with an offer (and preferably a guide for how to remove said part). All I really wanted out of the car was the engine so the rest of it is just taking up space.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:29 PM
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Thinking as a buyer, I wouldn't care if it was sectioned as long as it was done very neatly and it was structurally as good as new. Nice welding, no rivets, no excess undercoat. Less obtrusive work can be better at times.

You may wish to see the work before it is painted or undercoated, this should set the tone that you care how it is done and that you will only accept a properly done repair. One that looks correct and is structurally sound.

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Old 02-03-2019, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by clbenz#1 View Post
However the job was largely done incorrectly with harvested clip pieces.

Please expand on this a bit.

What specifically was done wrong with the job? Welding , fit, installing used parts?
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