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Old 10-20-2009, 12:23 AM
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Thats a pretty good looking car. When you decide to sell it next year why don't you PM me first, maybe we can work something out.
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:56 AM
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After reading this thread I want my 420SEL back..... and she was a 367,000 beater.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:44 AM
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The Hoover fleet has a new flagship. Ingrid is one nice MB!!
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:20 AM
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Now that the fuel pump is replaced and in I can really enjoy the car now.

Quite a list in the last few weeks, and I've managed to put 1000 miles on it somehow.

Fuel Pump
Fuel Filter
Center Muffler, Rear Muffler, and exhaust seal rings
Tranny Cooler Hoses
Oil and Filter
Oil Pressure Sender
Tranny Filter, Gasket, and fluid
Front Rotors
Cleaned and Repacked front wheel bearings
Brake bleed

...and last year from the PO

March 14, 2008: Coolant and oil leaking internally and externally at head gasket. 11.00 R&R Cylinder Head and inspect for cracks and warpage.... OK. Found head gasket eroded and leaking into ports. Cleaned cylinder and engine surfaces and replaced valve seals during service. Had heavy carbon buildup and resurfaced seats by lapping providing good quality sealing surface seating. Fond about 10-20% sealing prior to servicing. Replaced head gasket set, valve cover, gasket, seals, coolant, engine oil, 1 missing panel screw, distributor rotor (cracked) and rotor bracket. Test drove - OK. After test driving and sending vehilce to courtesy wash, found thermostat housand cap cracked and broke. Replaced housing cap with new style metal cap. Topped off coolant and test drove - OK. Coolant contamination from failed head gasket. After repairs in line A were competed, drained coolant and added detergent and water solution. Ran einge to full running tempurature and then drained. Filled with coolant and checked for leaks. Found radiator drain plug dripping. Replaced plug and retest- OK. Found when first started engine from cold, coolant temperature gauge was inop but started working after several minutes. Found gauge faulty. Topped off washer fluid.

Way too much work for a working tempurature gauge.

July 2008: A. Hose Coming apart, soaked. Drained Coolant and replaced radiator hose. Replaced coolant and test drove- ok. B. Customer states engine temperature gauge is not working. Parts have been ordered for this repair. C. Engine mounts collapsed and coming apart. 4.00 Replaced leaft and right engine mounts and transmission mount. Test drove- OK. Topped off washer fluid.

July 2008: Intermitant short to ground in temperature gauge sender. Intermittent open circuit in tempurature gauge. 3.00 Found at times usually with cold engine and after vehicle set for hours temperature gauge will not operate. Found after dirving for a while gauge begins to work. Cold started engine and found tempurature gauge inoperative and found about 260ohms resistance in temperature sender. Replaced temperature gauge and started engine. Found in less than a minute tempuature gauge reads full hot. Disconnected tempurature gauge sender and found tempurature gauge reads full cold. Checked tempurature gauge for resistance on nrearly cold engine and found 74 ohms. Found sender shorted to ground. Replaced tempurature sender and topped off engine coolant. Reinstalled original tempurature gauge and found gauge reads full cod. Test drove until engine at operating tempurature. At about 90 degrees celcius and found gauge still reads full cod. Inspected with David Brown and ok'd to replace temperature gauge as per previous estimate. Replaced temperature gauge and found gauge reading about 90 degrees celcius. test drove and found no futher concerns.

The indy at her most recent visit is not nearly as verbose:

July 2009: Check and replace swolen heater hoses. Installed new flex disc.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by JimmyL View Post
The Hoover fleet has a new flagship. Ingrid is one nice MB!!
The siggy has changed... Oh my, an 18 year old car as a primary.
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:34 AM
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Nice ride! I really like my 88' 300SEL, despite its minor woes. lol. Its been a better / cheaper car to own than my 91' LS400 has been.

Originally Posted by TylerH860 View Post
After teasing myself with the perfumed inner thigh of the W126 last summer with a 350SDL, I knew I wanted to experience another one for long term, and preferably a drivable one. (I'm borrowed the opening line from one of the more literary adept on the forum, btw.)

I came across a brief yet well written craigslist ad last week, and after a few exchanges I knew it was worth looking at. On sort of a whim, the GF and I made a trip to Dallas, and stopped in Enid Oklahoma on the way back to take a look.

The previous owner is a 30 something lawyer who just moved from Oklahoma City after a divorce and job loss. She bought the car because when she was growing up the W126 was the standard lawyer's car, and she always dreamed of owning one. In the last few years, she spent over 4 grand catching up on deferred maintenance and a few big repairs, including a head gasket. After falling on hard times, she decided to sell. It was a first for me seeing a seller close to tears over it. The car came with a name too: Ingrid.

Ingrid drove home 2 hours comfortably flawlessly while the GF followed in Ol' Turbo. Other than being very dirty from sitting out for a few months and cracking center console wood, she is in fantastic condition. The dark gray with black leather color combo is striking.

I will have to sort out a few things though, but its a much shorter list than what I'm used to with old benzes. She does have a mild exhaust leak somewhere, and while not obtrusive it does give it a sort of embarrassing ricey sound. I also feel a little vibration at high speeds and braking coming from what seems to be the front right brake rotor. The back driver's side window regulator is smoked, and the antenna mast was ripped off at some point. Everything else, including the AC, heated seats, and cruise control, work fantastically, and the fire sale price, nice cosmetics, and excellent service records more than made up for the shortcomings.

First things first, as always, will be a thorough cleaning. Ingrid is in need of a good clay barring compliments of the tree it sat nearby for the last 2 months. I plan on doing that tomorrow, and will take a thorough photo shoot then. Until now, this is all I have:

The sellers photos were from her old place that had a carport.

and back home:

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Old 10-24-2009, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by TylerH860 View Post
The siggy has changed... Oh my, an 18 year old car as a primary.
Psh, lightweight. My primary car is 27.5 years old. So far it has never let me down in 75,000 miles of driving/6.5 years of ownership. I even drove it about 155 miles today in heavy rain with 0 issues.

And my wife's 300E is technically 20 years old date of October 1989.

As you can see in my sig....the newest car in my immediate family is technically the 300E!
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