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Old 11-11-2003, 03:25 AM
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Reminds me of a friend who used to be an "exporter" of MB cars to Taiwan, he bought so many cars that MBZ found out about his operation and shut him down.
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Old 11-11-2003, 03:29 AM
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The only way those cars got to Taiwan directly from Germany is if someone ordered them from a dealership in the US for factory delivery then shanghai'ed (pardon the expression) the ship so it landed outside the US. I'm sure no one in their right mind fitted US-spec accoutrements like MPH speedo, unleaded fuel only warning on the fuel gauge, Fahrenheit outside temp gauge, big heavy bumpers and useless headlights to make an impression in Taiwan. I'll bet the old head gasket of my SDL that there are DOT and EPA certification tags on those cars.

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Hi! Sixto:

Thank you for your info.

Actually, I am not sure the SEL is euro or us spec.

The owner said it's from the authorized "Mercdes Benz of Taiwan",
then I assume it's directly from Germany.

Well, I know that US spec has speed limit, but I don't really drive that fast, so I think US version is ok for me.
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Old 11-11-2003, 03:38 AM
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Here's an idea - check the VINs of those cars at carfax.com. The VIN is the 17-character string visible on the driver side windshield pillar. It'll be something like WDBCA39... for the SEL. There's a cost to checking so maybe someone on the forum with an open account can offer to help you. It won't tell you anything about the history of a car outside the US, but if carfax has any record of those cars then they were originally sold/registered in the US. A report might even validate the odometer readings. And what if they're reported as stolen in the US? I hope I'm not scaring you

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Old 11-11-2003, 03:38 AM
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P.S. are you single? SEC is looks like a lady catcher to me........
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Hi! William:

I am still single. So.....

I also think that SEC will be a "eyeball" catcher on the street or highway.
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Old 11-11-2003, 03:44 AM
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Do you have a source for Depo brand replacement Euro spec headlights for these cars? See - http://www.depoautolamp.com/index.htm

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Old 11-11-2003, 04:50 AM
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Do you have a source for Depo brand replacement Euro spec headlights for these cars? See - http://www.depoautolamp.com/index.htm

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Ha! It's a Taiwan-based company.

I think I knew someone from other car forum in Taiwan who's working for a "replacement light" company.

Maybe it's the same one.

I got to ask him.


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