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Old 08-06-2005, 06:39 PM
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85 190 2.3 16V 5 speed

Looking at buying 1 of these beauties, 99k miles. 2900bucks. Is the heater core a weak point, notice a few on the internet that need heater core.
What does this forum think of these beautyfull car. Weak points to be concerned. Ca car so rust is ok.

Totalled the 1993 300E and im trying to replace it.

Please respond so I don't buy a headache.

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Old 08-06-2005, 07:30 PM
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An '85 16V is gray market - emissions control by bubba with no documentation and many were fraudulently certified. I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Has it had an emission test? Seller's responsibility! The results could be telling.

By another M103 powered US model.

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Old 08-06-2005, 08:43 PM
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Great advice, didn't know they were grey market cars. I'll ask for the smog check if he has it then I'll check it out.
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Old 08-06-2005, 09:05 PM
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maybe true

about the grey market issue, but it seems like a low price. course the speedo would have been changed if it is grey market.

i bought a grey market car which i doubt was correctly certified. i asked my insurance co if they would insure it. they said yes. i bought it. no emmission checks in indiana. no problem. had the car two years or so sold it off. missed it . bought it back ten years later. this year.

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Old 08-07-2005, 01:38 AM
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They are great cars, but like others have said this sounds like a strange deal. If I recall climent control parts for a euro model are a pain to obtain. You could prob. get a legit one in Ca. for just a few thousand more and it would prob. even have good documentation and service records.
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Old 08-07-2005, 08:02 AM
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climate control

for many of the euro cars is much simpler and less likely to fail or cause problems. the big parts such as compressor are the same. so that would not bother me and i would find it a plus.

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Old 08-07-2005, 08:22 AM
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a euro 16v for 2900 gotta be freak not to snatch it up ASAP, even if you have to put 5K into it, it is well worth it

RARE RARE RARE MB , one the fastest BEST handling most fun Mercedes out there

buy it quick it will be gone fast
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California emissions are tough even for 20 year old cars!

I would have a VERY trusted MB technition check the car over for needed repairs! PRE-purchase inspection including a compression test!!!

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