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Old 03-15-2008, 12:55 AM
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Looking at a 79 280TE

I know nothing about the W123 chassis and was hoping for a bit of direction. What should I look for? What should I pay attention to when test driving it?

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Old 03-15-2008, 01:34 AM
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Rust is the biggest enemy on a car of that era. The mechanicals are robust as all get out, but major repairs are expensive. Buy one that is in good shape and been taken care of and you can be very very happy, buy a turd and you will find it will be expensive to put right.

Get it checked out by a mercedes experienced mechanic before purchasing.

They're built and designed so well that they can drive very impressively and be carrying major defects.

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What he said.
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:17 PM
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Thank you, I should have some photos later today.
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:38 PM
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No exterior shots but my brother, the actual buyer, is looking at it today.
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:49 PM
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From the pictures I can tell you that it is a euro spec car since it has fabric on the seats. From the pictures its got a really great interior. If the rest is as good as that it is a keeper.

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Old 03-16-2008, 12:02 AM
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That looks like an interior JimmyL would like.
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I'll post more photos later. It had serious rust issues and the current owner had left it sitting for three years. It had a comfortable cruising speed of 25mph.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:42 AM
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i noticed the euro interior as well... check mechanicals first, some older cars have 123 can be a little rusty, i have noticed it more on the euro spec cars... otherwise if you like it and looks good, enjoy it!
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:46 AM
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if you can get it cheap you can always sell that euro interior
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:42 AM
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That is one sweet interior! I've always wished I could have cloth, manual, heated seats. Oh well.
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:25 PM
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sweet it's definitely a euro the cuise control switch is till in german really nice interior. The euros have more more horsepower than american spec cars. I don't see any Major rust issures it looks really nice. If your brother passes on it send me some info as I am interested in it and I am in northern virginia.
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Rust was an issue. I'll upload the shots he took tonight. If he passes on it, which I think he will, I'll forward the details
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:22 PM
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That looks like an interior JimmyL would like.
It would be difficult to find an interior I would like more than that one. I want a green/green MB one day!!!!
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Not all of his photos turned out. I've included a few that illustrate the condition of the vehicle.











He said that the drivers footwell would not pass the screwdriver test. You could punch right through the metal. The car has been driven once a year to get it inspected. Its also been parked under a pine tree and the sap had sealed the windows shut. The AC did not work. The car took excessive time to reach 55 mph at which point it felt unsafe. Violent vibrations.

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