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Old 09-20-2010, 04:16 PM
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1992 400SE - I think I am in Love ( lust)

I saw this car years ago, and the owner hardly ever drove it, word has it that he wants to sell.
Pro cons on this one year only W140. Sure is a classy - Black, plamino interior, no rust. usual wear and tear.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:48 PM
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No way! (Talk you out of it.)

You should be able to reason with the owner/seller on taking it off his hands - at a reasonable number.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:44 PM
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great motor, great era, great chassis. Wiring harness has surely been replaced (doublecheck). Normal crap.....records, PPI..........

Sweet ride
former: 83 300D, 97 C230, 93 400E

current: 08 C300 Luxury , 92 500SL
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:10 PM
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Ron, check for a complete set of service records for that 1992 400SE. As I recall that vintage S-Class automobile had numerous problems in the early years (say 1992 thru 1995) and almost caused MB to go bankrupt. It certainly hurt their reputation for reliability and high quality. A friend on mine bought a new 1992 500SEL and had regular problems with it. So many that he unloaded the car within 2 years of purchase.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:59 PM
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I personally think the early style (92-94) looks better than the later ones, and I think the short wheel base fits itself better than the long. 92 400SE is the only SWB V8 140 body in the U.S. which is a good thing. Colors are good, 119 motor and .3 transmission very good. To me the only thing scary about that early is the front end. There was a class action lawsuit on a front end shimmy that they couldn't seem to get rid of. Not all cars suffered but all owners got $3500 in settlement. The previous owner has surely blown it on something. But if it doesn't do it no need to worry about it.

Fred, you've got 95 in the early troubled years. That was the facelift year - the pinnacle of 140 desirability in my view, especially for the DIYer. It was all downhill from there. There were very few changes from 95 to 99 but they all either went sour or were somehow hostile to the DIYer, like the elimination of DIY flash code reading.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:01 AM
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I don't know...half the folks have headaches with these cars or any car for that matter and the other problems....I am the original owner of a W140, 92 500 sel and other then brake pads, LOF changes, window reg and radio...nothing major at all. Lucky I guess!
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:03 AM
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I recently saw a 1995 S600 in champagne gold, I fell in love...

What year and engine would you guys pick if you wanted a W140 coupe?

2006 BMW M5 "Heidi" @ 106,000 miles
2005 MBZ C55 AMG "Lorelai" @ 134,000 miles
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