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Old 02-23-2017, 02:36 AM
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SL & SEL PUrchase & Repairs Advice pls

So with the SL tucked into the garage (very happy bout that purchase) I thought - why not a matching 560SEL. And so I located one.

I asked myself - do I want to buy a car with the work done (taking the sellers word, in most cases re Timing chain etc) or buy one needing work done, and factoring the cost of such repairs into the purchase. Then knowing myself what has been done.

I have a good mechanic who is not too expensive, who would do most of the work.

So this is what I am looking at: 560SEL (1986). The car is 1700 miles (West) away, so... am buying LD based on pics and WoM.

1 family owned (elderly Dad then adult farmer son). The son is looking around for receipts - but does not know much about the car. He brought the car home 5 years ago, has done nothing to it, seldom driven. His dad was religious about maintenance and repairs and kept it garaged.

157,000kms (97500 miles)

I think the rear end sags, so might need accumulators or shocks or?

The rad leaks

finish on wheels worn

windshield cracked

typical DS window issues

A/C not working

Dash not split, interior excellent. all trim excellent. All tags in place. No accident history.

If I pick up the car, am I going to be able to address timing chain, radiator, windshield, rear end, DS window and A/C for 4,000$ ? And then throw on refurb rims and new Michelins (has Michelins now).

My objective is a daily driver 560SEL and w/e sunny season 560SL. I do not drive much.

The car has no rust, body damage, told tranny is smooth, and engine purrs.

The car is priced well. It'll cost to ship it here, but that is just life with cars...

Fellas, your thoughts?
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:48 AM
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:52 AM
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:46 AM
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She looks in good nik and that is a good year Service history is a key if you don't want any major surprises. The air suspension along could run a grand AC could be another 700-1000. You mentioned timing chain. At that many miles I doubt it would need servicing. I'd still get it checked out
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:54 AM
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Car was MB serviced until warranties expired and then regularly serviced by one decent mechanic for many years following. Went through close inspection every 6 month's needed or not.

The car is 2500usd. Shipping another 800usd (or I could fly in drive out...36 hrs drive).

I get sense the son wanted the car but it has reached point of needing a few repairs plus he has several other vehicles and is insuring them all...

Ready for a rescue...
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Old 02-23-2017, 12:04 PM
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Car was MB serviced until warranties expired and then regularly serviced by one decent mechanic for many years following. Went through close inspection every 6 month's needed or not.

The car is under 3grand usd. Shipping another 800usd (or I could fly in drive out...36 hrs drive).

I get sense the son wanted the car but it has reached point of needing a few repairs plus he has several other vehicles and is insuring them all...

Ready for a rescue...
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:18 PM
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At that price you probably are safe. Emphasis. Probably.
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