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Old 01-13-2007, 07:43 PM
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560 SEL purshase

Good evening gentlemen.
I'm about to buy my second MB.This is not a diesel model but I would like to know if there are any particular problems on this model.Its a 560 SEL 1990,with 256,000 KM.
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Old 01-13-2007, 10:11 PM
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two that I can think of...

1. Some people think that high milage W126 cars are worth the price and others don't. Don't get suckered into anything you'll regret later.

2. Consider the motor to be not rebuildable. It will cost far more than the car is worth. If there is any hint that the motor is not up to par, either walk away fast or make sure you have an expert opinion as to what's wrong.

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Old 01-13-2007, 10:41 PM
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there are lots of gadgets on the 560s that the earlier 500s don't have.

my 500sec has been less expensive to maintain than a diesel.

and since it runs regular unleaded even though it uses a lot, it isn't much more expensive to drive than a diesel.

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Old 01-14-2007, 02:11 AM
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Take a look at the buyers guide for the 560SEC coupe click www.mbcoupes.com for some general hints about shopping for the cars, some of the suggestions apply to the sedans as well. They are well built cars, and safe but look for one that has up do date records if possible, and a prepurchase inspection is recommended before you buy one.
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:54 PM
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Thank's so much for all your wise advise gentlemen!!
I will keep you all posted.
Best regards
Dan Vancouver Canada
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:01 PM
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bens lover, thats the finest car MB has ever build, less head ache all of the 126 models do not have vacumn doors, check the engine for compression/test and the idling, the rest are routine and easy to do. I have 2 of those 1990 and 1991, they are still serving me perfectly.
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:14 PM
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check service records, if they are good, you can't go wrong, a good year and a good car
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:33 PM
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I will be performing the compression test myself,what should I look for in readings? 140 to 150 psi?
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:59 PM
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Also check the hydraulic rear self-levelling suspension!!! The U.S: 560 SEL had it standard (same as with the wagons) and this system can be expensive to fix depending on what is wrong. Leaking struts are expensive to replace.
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:30 PM
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Talking

Well its a done deal guy's!
I am now a proud owner of a black 1990 560 SEL!
The price? Well lets just say the seller had no idea of its market value...It was a steel!
HI HA !!
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:56 AM
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Excellent! Post photos of it when you can.

The 1990 was one of the better W126 models, as it was the near the end of that bodystyle. Not saying that the other W126s were bad, because they are one of the best MBs out there- its just that that was the one of the last W126 models. 1991 was the last year.

Enjoy!

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