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Old 10-26-2005, 06:39 PM
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S320...I know it moves my wife's C-class along quite nicely, but isn't it asking a lot to ask a 3.2L V6 to propel the tank-like W140?
It is an M104 I6 not an M112 V6.

MB stuck a 5spd trans on the back of them and some good gearing. They move along quite nicely and you really only notice a lack of power at higher speeds.

The S320 starts to lack as you approach 100mph. That is where the S500 picks up and pulls strong to 140ish. And if you really need to go the S600 will not run out of steam to over 170.
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Old 11-02-2005, 05:57 PM
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Good examples of these cars are much harder to track down then I thought. My friend and I spent a good chunk of today driving around looking for a W140 for him. We looked at 3, one was flat out junk:
A 1997 S420 that the dealer said was a perfect 9 out of 10 car. Just walking around the car we found the rear view mirrors broken and one was being held on by a wire. The under body panals were missing and I could see an oil leak coming down from behind the engine and what looked like ATF dripping off the trans pan. The body had a bunch of chips, nicks and marks, the hood star was also missing. the interior was pretty dirty and beat. Without even driving the car I would give it a 5 out of 10. $17k
The next was a 1995 S320 for $10,995. It was actually in pretty good shape but the interior was kind of worn and it had a respray that was noticable. For $9k it was probably a decent buy.
The third car was a 300SE and was pretty decent but it was older then my friend wanted to consider.
Their is also a 1995 S500 local car that is completly shot. The suspension sags and the interior and exterior are beat.

Another downside is since all these cars were at used car lots their were no service records.

So where are all the one owner, mint, full service record W140's found? I am thinking maybe we should talk to the local MB dealer and try and snag a trade in.

I know with W140's you have to be carefull a used car lot pig can get real $$$$ real fast.
I have a clean s500 coupe 74,000 miles very good condition, let me know if your interested. thanks....
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Old 11-02-2005, 06:07 PM
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:53 PM
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Braverichard, Hatterasguy and others in the MB Psyche, (not psycho), as that sometimes fits me!

This is a very genuine forum and I learned what I had sought here about MB's, personality, the good, the bad and the ugly. But, better yet, the good people here, who seek the truth about things, as they are and correct matters, and make things right, for all to benefit.

I have always wanted to own a good MB Diesel, but, as things are now with my health and the price of fuel, Diesel specifically, now is not the time for me. If I find the "right car" at he right price...ah well, you know, things are different then.

The V12s are another story, the market has dropped like a bomb! I mentioned in a previous post, before the cleaning out of the forum, last week, that I was looking for my possibly, last car. The W140 series is what I desire. There is no way on Earth or Mars, that it is justifyable, but that's what I want, that's what pleases me. Rolls-Royce Silver Spirits do too. BMW V12's. Must mention Ferrari 400-412's. Now is the time to buy one, before the shock of the price of fuel, comes back to reality. All of them have something that is wrong with design and execution, that takes big bucks to fix, but that's life. Enjoy what you can and get on with it.

Just what was on my mind tonight after reading this topic...Paul.
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Old 11-03-2005, 01:16 AM
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Paul,

I'm glad you have all the information you need to make a sound, emotional decision.

Good luck
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:32 PM
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Good for you!

Update:
so far we have a very clean 1997 S320 that looks like it may be a winner. We are also going to check out another nice S420 that I know about that could be a winner.

Finding one of these things is like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles!


Paul you will love the S600, nothing like hearing that 6L V12 scream. Just buy a very nice full maintaince records example and you shouldn't have to many problems.
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Old 11-03-2005, 07:42 PM
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Ah yes, and now the search begins
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Old 11-03-2005, 07:51 PM
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just for kicks

you should drive a nice 400i. the fuel injection is identical to two 280e bosch systems so should be bulletproof. the rear leveling system is just like a 300td. the stylling is sublime, as is the sound.

i am sure the 600 benz is excellent too.

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Old 11-03-2005, 11:46 PM
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Tom. thanks for the good thought. There was one listed on ebay, up here in mid-MI, with a $15000. reserve, black with a turbo-hydramatic 400, 3-speed, 38000 miles. It was gone before I could get an inquiry to him.

This last car scenario opens up my thinking on many choices. I would be happy with a mid-60's pickup, straight 6 and 3 on the tree, to be truthfull to myself. My 2 old cars, from the 70's are fine. It's a human desire based on emotion and faith, rather than practical reasons, to want this V12 hotrod.

If you would, I want to hear your and the gangs thoughts, on a last car. What choices would you make in a car? Changes the topic, but I'd like to know. Paul
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Old 11-04-2005, 01:08 AM
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Then their is a 1998 S320 with 70k miles on it. This could be a very good car if we can figure out what the check engine light is. Possible blown head gasket but I suspect that may not be the case. Even if the headgasket is shot I'd still buy the car if the rest of it is mint, the price is right.

The hunt continues...
The most expensive 140 you could ever own is the one you pick up cheap

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PS The sound of the 119.170 V8 comming up on cam is nothing short of awesome!! BTW- I average about 23mpg on the highway and 17mpg around town-not bad.
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:41 AM
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Yes...

But hearing that M120 V-12 in my dads SL600 come up to speed on the freeway, will put a HUGE smile on your face. Do it. Go for the 600. You will not be dissappointed (until it needs a throttle body). It is the best of very world. Endless power, timeless styling, and knowing you are a pround owner of a 600.
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Old 11-05-2005, 05:19 PM
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Yes...

But hearing that M120 V-12 in my dads SL600 come up to speed on the freeway, will put a HUGE smile on your face. Do it. Go for the 600. You will not be dissappointed (until it needs a throttle body). It is the best of very world. Endless power, timeless styling, and knowing you are a pround owner of a 600.

The only problem with the S600 is you have to watch the speedo, triple digit speeds come on extremly fast!
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Old 11-05-2005, 08:53 PM
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We found one. My friend just won a 1997 S320 on ebay. It has 72k miles on it and is a two owner car with a full service history from a MB dealer. The currant owner bought it for is wife less then a month ago and she doesn't like it. She wants another suv and doesn't want the W140. He loves the car but is a BMW guy and won't give his up.

He paid $11,550 for it, the ebay auction wasn't set up well so that seemed to have hurt it. Plus the seller has zero feed back. But from phone conversations and viewing some pics he sent us I think this car is the real deal.

Wednesday with a bit of luck we will pick it up and see. I plan on going over it with a fine tooth comb.
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Congratulations! But I would point out that you haven't actually found one that isn't a piece of crap if you haven't yet seen it. Good luck.
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