I am looking for some of the weak point in the 1980 450 SL. This is the end
of the production run, so they might have worked out most of the bug, but...
The PO is the 2nd owner and has the papers for work performed the past 4
years. The car is a CA unit, so rust might not be an issue.
I know the reputation of the "Indie" that this car has seen. That is a good
thing. The Car has 214k Miles, but has recently had upper engine work done
My wife did a drive by and said it looks real nice. Will take a look on
7-5 and see it up close. Price is $6600.
Thanks for your input...
1980 climate control - all models but 240D - is horribly complicated.
Has an under hood "servo", logic board "amplifier" and push button unit.
Be sure the climate control works properly, if not be ready to walk for
its complexity and cost to repair causes some owners to try jury rigs
which only makes restoration more difficult.
Yes, and take a good look at the servo to make sure it's not leaking
coolant, as this is one of the main failure modes. It's under the
hood, black plastic on top, about the size of a small mellon, has 4
heater hoses connected to the bottom, about 10 vacuum lines, and two
electric cable bundles connected. Begin to see the problem?
If you wind up buying the car, its not all bad. George Murphy at
Performance Analysis in TN rebuilds them, replacing the failure prone
bottom half with an aluminum one. I think he' selling these for $500
and will then repair it for life for $100.
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