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Old 05-25-2006, 06:04 PM
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Considering a 1993 300SEL: Comments please

I am considering this ‘93 140 and have read the various 140 threads. I am also familiar with the 104 engine (I am in the middle of a head gasket repair on my wife’s 94 TE), and I believe this year is before the harness issues.

The car has only 82,000 miles on it, with one older female owner. Most records are available. The problem according to the daughter is the transmission sticks in second. It will not go higher. They are asking $8,000, CDN, which seems like a 4,000 to 6,000 discount over similar no issue vehicles.

Any comments on the likelihood of fixing the tranny short of a full rebuild? Any other comments on its value?

Thanks,

John

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Old 05-25-2006, 07:04 PM
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I am considering this ‘93 140 and have read the various 140 threads. I am also familiar with the 104 engine (I am in the middle of a head gasket repair on my wife’s 94 TE), and I believe this year is before the harness issues.

The car has only 82,000 miles on it, with one older female owner. Most records are available. The problem according to the daughter is the transmission sticks in second. It will not go higher. They are asking $8,000, CDN, which seems like a 4,000 to 6,000 discount over similar no issue vehicles.

Any comments on the likelihood of fixing the tranny short of a full rebuild? Any other comments on its value?

Thanks,

John
I wouldn't presume to comment about the W140's value except to remind you the AC/evaporator issues on the early ones ran into thousands of dollars, I would be very careful of getting into an early W140 at any price, (though the ride is fit for a king, and they are VERY safe.)

What I must say, is the photo of your 1982 240D in that color with that interior color,Eurolights is exquisite, just absolutely gorgeous, stunning, it looks like a trophy winning car. It takes my breath away. You must be a discerning owner, or custodian, of your cars.

Take care, good luck
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Old 05-25-2006, 07:28 PM
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You got a long wheel base six in 93? No such thing in the U.S. until 95. Low miles, if it's a sound car i don't see how you could go wrong, especially with some DIYing. You might try a search on transmission sticking in gear. I would say you are correct - if it's like the U.S. it didn't get the HFM wiring harness issue until 94.
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:16 PM
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I love my 99. It oozes over the road and is like riding in a leather lined bank vault. Go drive it and you will understand.

I would avoid the older models though and go for a 96 and on. They did a lot of perfecting of the car in its production run and the later models are known to be the most trouble free. Additionally some of the parts prices are cheaper on the newer cars.
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:47 PM
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Thanks Jim B. for the comments on the 240.

I painted it myself ~2 years ago. I posted a thread on my homemade spray booth here:

Pleased with home made spray booth results

As for the W140 I am really only interested if it’s great value, as I really don't need another car. I believe the head gasket has been done so the risk is tranny rebuild and a future A/C nightmare. I thought I might offer less and pick up a bargain. Otherwise I can pass.

Thanks,

John
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:29 AM
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If your looking for value a 140 is a great car depending on what you define as value. If your looking for a cheap car the 140 is anything but cheap. However for what you pay in costs you get one of the most comfortable and enjoyable to drive Mercedes cars made. Quite honestly the 220's seem cheap in comparision to the 140 (fit and finish wise that is)

I doubt you will get it much cheaper unless the owner is not knowledgable. The 140 has some pretty pricey parts on it and if the price goes too low the parts dealers will snap it up and break the car apart and sell the parts for a very heft profit.

I honestly don't think the early models are that great of a deal. For the few thousand dollars you save you get a car with higher miles and a lot more wear and tear on the interior and exterior. The newer models have more updated interior colors and wood trim and the cleaner single color exterior. Of course there is also the 14 speaker Bose audio system with 4 subwoofers on the rear deck. Im not sure when they started offering that for the 140 but I suspect the early models don't have it.
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W140 potential problems;

computer accelerator
auto door closer
a/c evaporator (one of my indys just did one on a 1996-23 hour job!)

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