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Old 08-23-2001, 03:41 PM
Jim Collins
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1988 420SEL: Worth fixing or time to trade?

My 420 has some problems. I'm looking for advise on the issue of whether to invest in fixing it or trade. Here's the list of problems:

Transmission leak, needs new front seals;

Blower is out in climate control; ventilation moves cold air thru car when moving so it's not the compressor, but blower doesn't work (already checked all fuses)

Ball joints need replacing; front wobble at 50mph+, tires and wheel bearings are good are good

Wife backed into passenger door on driver's side, bodyshop guy says can replace door skin &paint for $1,000 ($1000 deductible on insurance so it would be out of pocket)

I have always liked this car, but I'd like to have some other opinions on whether it's worth the money to fix or just trade.
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Old 08-23-2001, 09:40 PM
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Heres my opinion:

I would weigh the costs of fixing it versus the costs of what you would get in trade and what you would have to spend extra on the trade.

Generally I think a benz is a great investment if it doesn't need a lot to get it back to good shape.

If the engine runs great, and everything else is ok, then I would think the minor cosmetic expense, the ball joints and the trans leaks could be done for a decent price.

Since you are in GA, you could head on down to see benzmac and have him do the mechanical repairs. he's in Atlanta if I am correct or at least near it.

You didn't say what you were planning on trading it for, that might help us help you make the decision. hehe

If it were me and overall the car was in good shape, I'd keep it and save up for an extra car to have as a toy.

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