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Old 01-11-2015, 10:02 PM
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Question WTB gas W126

Lookng for a nice driver quality gasser W126. I've owned 123s and 124s. Want the big body now.

Color not critical, even an off-beat one is okay.
Not looking for a museum piece, but absolutely NOT looking for a project.
300, 420, 500, or 560, any of the above would get my interest in nice condition.

I'm in South Florida, but I'll travel for the right car. More fun anyhow.

Reply to this thread or drop me a PM if you have one or know of one. Yes, I've seen the 500SEL on BringATrailer and yes, I'm definitely in on that auction.

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Old 01-11-2015, 10:11 PM
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Why a gasser when there is dieseL?
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:57 PM
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Uh because the gasser is 3x the fun. Diesel is cool but gasser is fast. I love my 420.

Just a tip in your search, I wouldn't go for the 300 engine in a W126. Its underpowered and slow in the city and high revving on the highway.
-diesel is not just a fuel, its a way of life-
'15 GLK250 Bluetec 99k - mine - (OC-104,600)
'17 Metris(VITO!) - 23k - wifes (OC-25k)
'09 Sprinter 3500 Winnebago View - 56k (OC - 63k)
'13 ML350 Bluetec - 70k - dad's (OC-75k)
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Old 01-14-2015, 12:16 AM
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Bring a Trailer is an interesting website, just read the comments carefully for any car you are interested in. Sometimes the descriptions are a little enthusiastic if you know what I mean.

Any W126 v8 should be checked for the head gasket leaking oil at the rear of the engine, for camshaft/rocker arm wear on the passenger side camshaft, and of course, timing chain rail condition.

Fuel distributers cost a fortune and don't like E10 fuel, poor running may entail much more than a simple tuneup.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:39 AM
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Thanks Edward Wyatt, absolutely true. That 500SEL on there that ends today is a good one -- that's Aaron's former car. He is either a mod over here or a frequent poster. I am trying to decide if I want to bid on it w/o ever having seen, let alone inspected the car in person. Last time I did that with an MB it did not work out well at all.

pawoSD: The 300 is my least preferred option, but condition trumps model -- I'd buy a 300SEL or SE in nice condition for the right deal, but I'd honestly love to find a 500SEL. This is why I'm so tempted by the one on BaT, but I do want to be able to see / drive / inspect the car before handing over the green.

jake12tech: I've owned several MB Diesels and one VW TDI. I like them, but I don't drive big mileage any more and don't need the economy of the Diesel. The driving experience on a gasser is simply better, unless you're talking a much more modern Diesel.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:03 PM
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This Euro 500SEL may fir your needs; check it out at the url below:
FS Euro 500 SEL - Mercedes-Benz Forum

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