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Old 05-04-2008, 03:09 PM
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Old member returns with a new car, and questions.

Hey guys, it's been a few years since I've been here due to the fact that I defected and went to the Jaguar camp. Well I still have the Jag but just picked up a (new to me) 1991 420SEL. I think I got a pretty good deal on it and have some questions.

First details: 1991 420SEL, black/gray, 137,000, 2 owners, clean carfax, clean interior and good paint but no records. Of course it needs a serious detail job. Bought it from a repair shop that was going to replace the fuel distributor but it was never finished. It's been sitting about a year but the mechanic said it's in pretty good mechanical shape and he would charge $200 to install a new fuel distributor that I would supply. Found a few on eBay for around $200, unless anyone here has one they want to sell.

So here are they numbers: Paid $900 for the car, $200 for the part and $200 for the labor. $1300 total. I know it risky buying a car that's not running but the numbers seemed to work, at least I think so. What do you guys think?

Also, since it hasn't been run in a year and it's going to be worked on before I even start the car, should I do anything while it's at the shop? I was planning on having him install new plugs, wires and fuel filter. Anything else you guys think I should do?

It's good to be back in the Mercedes camp.

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Old 05-04-2008, 11:28 PM
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Have him check out the front suspension. Look for oil leaks too.
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:45 PM
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Also recommend checking the flex discs on the drive shaft.

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Old 05-05-2008, 06:52 PM
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guide rails

Most importantly , check the timing chain guide rails, and you could replace the fuel distributor yourself , it's really easy , these are great cars , I have owned mine for 8 years.. good luck and welcome back..

Ben
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:30 PM
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Welcome back. I brought a 90' 420 SEL for 5000.00 put in 8000.00 as I write she is "tits-up" in the shop.....nasty little propblem with stalling and hesitation when you start her up.....
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