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Old 10-01-2019, 01:46 AM
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Advice for buying a w123

I'm currently looking at a 1979, Mercedes-Benz 280CE. it has the 2.7L inline 6 gasoline engine. It only has 79k miles on it, and hes only asking 1,000 for it. It was garaged every winter (important since I live in a rust belt area) but the paint is in horrific condition. pretty much all the clear coat is flaking off.

Everyone I've talked to says its a horrible idea, even another mechanic-focused reddit said its bad. But in my heart, I desire it. From what I've found online they are extremely robust vehicles (except for rust of course), and that the diesels are outstanding, but this is the gasoline one. From what I can find, timing chain should be adjusted/new tensioner around 100-120k, and the 2.7L I6 is prone to head gasket failures later in life, and poor coolant can cause terrible corrosion inside the engine. Mobdro

So I figured I'd ask the thread all about this car. Yay or nay? for the price I'd be happy if I got a year or two out of it, and anything else I should look for while looking at it?

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Old 10-01-2019, 09:47 AM
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Why would you ask about a 280CE is an SL forum? Try one of the others. Maybe Vintage.
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:32 PM
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I used to own a 1979 280 CE. Great running car, the major issue with this year W123 car is the evil AC servo which fail and leak. I finally replaced my servo is a “Just Wired” (I think that was the Company name) which completely eliminated the servo.
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