On Sun, 24 Aug 2003 20:15:08 -0400, Scott D wrote:
Nice job. The W126, even with the smaller engines (2.8 and 3.0 litres) are
fine cars and excellent cruisers. I have a 1983 280SE with well over 200,000
kms which I use on a daily basis. It is a pleasure to drive.
An excellent job! Do you mind if I ask how much you paid for the car and how
much you spent on parts to fix it up? You're definitely the proud new owner
of an excellent looking Benz, salvage title or not.
no problem. it took some shopping as I found that the prices vary widely
car was $2700 (US) from auction
passenger airbag $200
crash sensor $65
seatbelt w/retractor $75
eurolights $170 from eBay
headlight (no hole) fillers $20 from eBay
sidelight $22 from eBay
misc from MB dealer $60
Newbie question -
I have an oportunity to pick up a 92 300SE with 63000 original miles on it.
The car was obviously garaged /stored there is not a blemish on the 2 tone
goldish color. I am wondering about keeping this beauty on the road. Even
with low miles there must be some "estimated" costs for annual maintenance.
What do you think it is worth? Any and all comment are welcome. I hope to
make an informed decesion by Friday
If you can find a trusted MB independent garage or do the maintenance
yourself, the cost should be close to other cars you may have owned (parts
are a bit higher than many other cars though). However you may find the
Mercedes has more extensive maintenance schedule than other cars you have
owned (e.g. brake fluid and coolant changes). If you take it to an MB
dealer's service department you can expect to pay significantly more than
some independents (I will leave the value equation up to you).
63K miles is very low especially for the 3 liter motor. I have never owned
that body style SE but have had a few 300E's with that motor and found them
ultra reliable and easy to maintain, even after 200K miles.
You can check what it is worth by going to KBB.com and checking the Private
Party value, or better yet watch what a few sell for on eBay. It will not
be easy to find 92's with that low mileage.
Check the maintenace record book and run a Carfax on it.
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