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Old 05-02-2003, 04:07 PM
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Checking out a nice 500 SEL

Hey guys

Im just considering to buy a 1985 500SEL and i was wondering if u could tell me what to look for in this particular model, i mean the owners of such cars must know what breaks down most often or what is prone to fail.

I have a 190D so i know most Diesel problems but this is different

So if you guys can give me some insight.. thanx

Car is:
1985 500SEL
202 000km
5.0 L engine
Auto trans
Original paint
All electric with heating seats

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Old 05-02-2003, 04:52 PM
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Might also post this over in the "Featured cars" and "Open Discussion" forums. Lots of guys with these gas w126 cars over there.
Trannies seem to be good for about 200K miles(whatever that is in kilometers). AC/heating air doors/valves/flapper-thingees(whatever) are vacuum operated,and tend to get vacuum leaks. Can be a real PITA to trace down and fix.
Beyond that, they're built like tanks
past MB rides:
'68 220D
'68 220D(another one)
'67 230
'84 SD
Current rides:
'06 Lexus RX330
'93 Ford F-250
'96 Corvette
'99 Polaris 700 RMK sled
2011 Polaris Assault
'86 Yamaha TT350(good 'ol thumper)
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Old 05-04-2003, 12:47 AM
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I have two diesel MB's and maybe a third on the way .But I also have a Euro 500 SE with a Euro 420 engine and it is a total pleasure to drive whether on twisty mt. roads. freeways (it's real meat) or town driving. Mine cost about twice overall compared to my SD in maintence and fuel cost ........ William Rogers.......

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