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Old 06-22-2004, 01:31 PM
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OK, I'll finish this one off. After initial contacts, and an offer on my part to arrange for a PPI at my expense, the seller seemed to become remarkably hard to reach - no answer to phone calls, no response to my e-mail, and no follow-ups on voice mail messages left by me. After two weeks of this, I pretty much wrote it off.

On a lark, I called back a week later (yesterday), and actually got through. It was a different guy this time, who told me that someone from New York was coming down to look at the car. I explained that I had approached this as a serious potential buyer several weeks ago, and that it had been very difficult to get anything going. His response was pretty lackluster, along the lines of, "sorry about that... we've been in and out a lot lately... you were talking to the other guy... , etc."

Gee whiz, why even have a business number with voice mail if you won't use it? Is this how one sells cars - by ignoring active sales leads? Either "Benz MotorSports" in Norcross, GA doesn't have their act together, or something's fishy with the car, or both.


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Old 06-22-2004, 02:00 PM
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These things happen people can get funny when selling cars. Aren't you in FL? Their should be tons of nice W126's down their. All of the nice ones seem to always come from FL.
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Old 06-22-2004, 02:06 PM
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Tallahassee is a much less populated part of the state. I worked there for 6 months and saw very few Mercedes. Mercedes heaven is the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area, about 500 or so miles from Tally. Not every state is as small as CT. (I worked in Hartford for 6 months, too)
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Old 06-22-2004, 02:55 PM
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Ha! I looked at this car 2 weeks ago!!

And passed. Car needed a lot of work to get it to acceptable standards. From the top of my head, I remember,

Rust on the rear, near license plate.
Dent on the rear passenger fender.
No A/C of course
No radio
Engine made strange sounds
Injection Pump leak
Tires soon need replacing.

I'd rather spend another $1000 or $1500 and have something much closer to the final car I would like!
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Old 06-22-2004, 03:31 PM
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I just this last week bought an 85 300sd. I spent more than I would have liked, but all the cheaper ones I saw had serious flaws in various ways, and looked like a lot of money could be dumped before I knew what hit me.
My long dead step father collected and restored antique cars in a big way, and I kept remembering something he told me once. "The best way to restore an old car is to get one that doesn't need restoration in the first place".
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Old 06-23-2004, 10:15 AM
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Re: Ha! I looked at this car 2 weeks ago!!

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Originally posted by GoWolfpack
And passed. Car needed a lot of work to get it to acceptable standards. From the top of my head, I remember,

Rust on the rear, near license plate.
Dent on the rear passenger fender.
No A/C of course
No radio
Engine made strange sounds
Injection Pump leak
Tires soon need replacing.

I'd rather spend another $1000 or $1500 and have something much closer to the final car I would like!
Well, I would too! The information in the ad was enough to get me interested, but I certainly wasn't ready to buy it without knowing more. The acknowledged faults weren't enough to put me off for the price, but some of the additional stuff you turned up probably would have.

I'm far enough away that a trip just to kick the tires wasn't very appealing. A local member of this board was kind enough to offer to take a look at it for me, and BMI could have accommodated the car for a PPI, but things never went far enough for either of those. I would at least have wanted to run a CarFax on it even before a PPI, but I couldn't get the seller to even confirm the VIN for me!

So, lack of communication on the seller's part may have saved me the expense of the PPI, or saved the other good soul the trouble of looking at the car for me.

Thanks for posting this. It makes me feel better to know that in this case, the grapes really may have been sour!

As an aside, did you actually meet the seller(s) in person? Are they as squirrely in person as they seemed to me on the phone?


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Old 06-23-2004, 10:30 AM
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Like you, I saw the ad on autotrader. I have been looking for a nice 300SD but wanting to pick it up for minimal investment. Saw this car and figured I had found my ride. My girlfriend lives in ATL and I go down there some weekends so checked it out I think 2 fridays ago.

Car is not horrendous, and would be an ok beater car. I just don't like rust, don't like dents, and want working a/c--esp here in the South!

The guy was a young foreign kid. He knows very little of diesels and sells other Benzes--mostly newer gassers. I think he saw I was very familiar with these cars so he didnt try any sales job on me. Just told me what he paid for the car and what he would take for it.
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Old 06-23-2004, 10:39 AM
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Originally posted by Bruce Appel
I just this last week bought an 85 300sd. I spent more than I would have liked, but all the cheaper ones I saw had serious flaws in various ways, and looked like a lot of money could be dumped before I knew what hit me.
My long dead step father collected and restored antique cars in a big way, and I kept remembering something he told me once. "The best way to restore an old car is to get one that doesn't need restoration in the first place".
Your point is well taken. Even though I value mechanical soundness over cosmetic condition, I've already reconciled myself to the possibility of buying a car that "looks nicer than I need." It's simply the case that the ones that have been mechanically well cared for are often in excellent cosmetic condition as well.

To be clear here, it's not that I'm limiting my search to really cheap cars. I'm not turning up my nose at really fine examples with higher prices, it's just that I haven't run into many of those fine examples yet. I'm willing to pay more, but I won't do so for one of the more numerous high-miles, no records, mediocre appearance cars that I've seen offered.

So, the search continues. Some of the fine folks on this board have offered to keep an eye out on my behalf if I give them more information on my wants, and I plan to take them up on their offers.


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Old 06-23-2004, 11:30 AM
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Its hard to find the right car. I am new to this Benz thing, but have had a number of older cars in the past, and I always found body and interior work to be more costly and difficult than mechanical repairs. The trick is to avoid a money pit.
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