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Old 06-13-2012, 11:59 PM
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Which car should I keep ? 220SE Coupe VS 250S Sedan

So here's my dilemma.

The W108 220S Sedan
2 Weeks ago I found a 1966 250S Sedan for sale and totally fell in love with it.
I purchased it with little negotiation and now she's home.

It's a '66 2-Tone Black with Silver roof and a Black interior.
Positive:
1. Color Combination. - Love the 2 Tone Exterior and Black Interior
2. Automatic Tranny with Column mounted shifter
3. Freshly Rebuilt Engine with about 700 miles
4. Rebuilt Dual Zenith Carburetors and Synced by a Benz Mechanic
5. Freshly rebuilt Air Conditioning System
6. Interior is Great, Seats and Carpets, Window Seals just replaced with new
7. Power Windows, Locks and Remote Alarm

I guess the few downsides to that car are:
1. Rear Axle needs resealed and all the bushings replaced in the rear.
2. Gas Mileage is what you would expect from a almost 50 years old Carbureted heavy car. And I need to be able to use that car as a commuter
3. Power Steering Pump is Leaking
4. Brake Hoses need replaced.
5. Missing the Becker

Overall not a bad car
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The W111 220SE I just got it today.
White on Red

The pros
1. It's a coupe.
2. Fuel injected.
3. White on red
4. 66 original miles
5. 4-speed manual transmission (love it)
6. Body and interior is in great condition.

Negative
Needs Clutch, Brake cylinder, Becker radio fixed and Clock.

I know the coupe has a better value than the sedan.
The coupe was twice the price of the sedan.

What should i keep ?

Here's a pic of the coupe


And here's the Sedan


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Old 06-14-2012, 02:04 AM
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both very nice cars. i would say based on the value alone you should commit to the coupe?
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:34 AM
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I'd keep the coupe - a much classier looking car in my opinion.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:50 AM
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Couldn't see the pic of your sedan but our coupes are twins so I say go for the coupe. In 10-years time it will still be timeless, elegant and worth even more. Where are you located?
Sell the sedan (if you can only keep one) and use the money to fix the coupe, none of those are major issues, and your clock may just need cleaned. Most people think the fuse is blown but if you take it out and have a clock shop clean and oil it for you, it will likely be fine, I did mine myself.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:44 AM
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The coupe does look nicer, but if the sedan was mine id feel bad selling it, because it would most likely end up scrapped within a couple years, and the coupe wouldn't.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:06 AM
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Tough call. In general I like a W108 more than a W111, but manual>>automatic and fuel injection>carbs. Take one for a nice long drive. Wait a day. Then take the other one for a nice long drive. Wait another day and then try to make a decision.

What kind of bike is that in the garage?
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:34 AM
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You either need to keep both of them as daily drivers or sell both of them.

If you keep one as a daily driver, then you need the other vehicle to drive while the daily driver is down for repairs --- provided you do you own repairs.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:04 AM
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You either need to keep both of them as daily drivers or sell both of them.

If you keep one as a daily driver, then you need the other vehicle to drive while the daily driver is down for repairs --- provided you do you own repairs.
Or even if you pay someone else to do the work - who was it who ended up having to drive a "courtessy" Smart car recently? I wouldn't wish that on anyone!
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:21 AM
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Couldn't see the pic of your sedan but our coupes are twins so I say go for the coupe. In 10-years time it will still be timeless, elegant and worth even more. Where are you located?
Sell the sedan (if you can only keep one) and use the money to fix the coupe, none of those are major issues, and your clock may just need cleaned. Most people think the fuse is blown but if you take it out and have a clock shop clean and oil it for you, it will likely be fine, I did mine myself.
I'm in Orange County California. Anaheim
Thanks for the tips, I saw your thread about the clock and found lots of good info. I like to deal with major repairs first. So clutch and brake cylinder are priority.
I realized the radio actually powers on, but there's no sound. And i found the speaker in the trunk. So it might just be a speaker connection issue.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:25 AM
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Tough call. In general I like a W108 more than a W111, but manual>>automatic and fuel injection>carbs. Take one for a nice long drive. Wait a day. Then take the other one for a nice long drive. Wait another day and then try to make a decision.

What kind of bike is that in the garage?
Well, i drove one about 60 miles last week on the freeway and the other one yesterday about 70 miles. The coupe feels smoother because the suspension is in better shape. And it feels as if the acceleration is better on the injected engine.

The bike is a 2011 Z1000 Kawasaki , has about 150hp and with me weights about 700lbs..
It's my daily commuter. I bought the Benz for the days when i don't feel like riding and no need to go fast.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:26 AM
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You either need to keep both of them as daily drivers or sell both of them.

If you keep one as a daily driver, then you need the other vehicle to drive while the daily driver is down for repairs --- provided you do you own repairs.
I have a bike for my daily routine. The benz is for trips on PCH and pictures with my family probably . I will also use the car for cooler days.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:25 PM
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I realized the radio actually powers on, but there's no sound. And i found the speaker in the trunk. So it might just be a speaker connection issue.
Yeah, if you find the speaker in the trunk it usually means that it isn't connected. :-) Take a picture of the radio and post it...

Oh, and if you really need a daily driver, sell the sedan and buy a Honda Fit and keep the coupe.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:50 PM
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Which to keep??

I'd sell the bike and keep them both.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:00 PM
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I'd sell the bike and keep them both.
dws
The bike gets 40mpg, 106$/year insurance, and let's me use the HOV lane on the 405/55/91 and split lanes in traffic. It's too good to be true..
So far only oil changes and chain lubes 11k miles in 7 months since new
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:26 PM
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220SE vs. 250S

I vote for keeping both fine cars. Coupe worth more but the sedan very nice.
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