I'm wondering if anybody could make me aware of the pitfalls of buying such
an old car? It has done 160,000 miles (250,000 km).
I don't really know much about cars, can anybody let me know what I should
check for when I go to view the car ?
I'm assuming things like brake pads, cam belt and stuff but I have
absolutely no idea.
There are three rules that ALWAYS apply when buying an older MB. Always buy
the nicest model you can find and always buy a car with the maintainence
history paperwork. And always have any car you are considering buying
checked over by a mechanic you trust. That said, no matter what car you buy
there will be things that will need to be fixed. But you don't want to have
to start fixing the really expensive things such as AC, transmission, timing
chain and related parts, upper engine valve system, cams, pistons, etc. A
1984 MB should be selling in the $5K category and that should be for a
quality car. If you find things that need to be repaired you should tell
the seller that these costs must be deducted from the sellling price. If
the seller say no, then walk away.
Yep, thats exactly the thing that I'm scared of. If a mechanic has already
told him that the engine is only good for another few thousand miles or
something. The problem is the seller lives about 320km away so I can take
the train to see him but would then have to drive around to a mechanics
garage for it to be given a check over....
The car just looks so cool though.......arrrgghhh my heart is starting to
rule my brain.....
IMHO you, who profess to know little about cars, would be crazy to buy
such an old car. Sure, it looks nice but YOU are at the mercy of the
repair shop when you bring this old dog to their door.
These old cars are cheap alternatives for someone who not only
understands cars but also undertakes the repairs and maintenance
himself. Otherwise such a car is a fool's paradise, IMHO, that's why
the car's price SEEMS like a bargain vs. a new car.
IMHO that car looks like something a New York City pimp would be proud
Remember, your question was as to the viability of owning such an old
car, you've received several answers to that. Hope its owners have spent
as much on The Car as on its glitz.
It's your money.
I purchased a very very nice 1985 500SEL back in July 03. It has 82,000
documented miles. I'm the second owner, and everything workes on this car. No
rust, nearly perfect leather. Even the spare tire was still wrapped in the
shipping labels, and the tool kit was still in it's plastic bag that says
500SEL. I only paid $5000.00 for the car. Personally, I got it at a bargan.
It's rare to find them in this kind of condition anymore. The S-Class V8's are
not cheap (or any MB) to fix. Be patient. I was not even looking when I found
this gem! I had a 1998 C230, and I sold it because I wanted this car bad, and
I could not afford to own two MB's. The SEL is a much better car by the way!
HELL NO ARE YOU NUTS!! I have an 84 190e and have changed everything on it --
myself so I saved but i am dying to rid of it. Mercedes isnt bad just old ones
are. TRUST ME.. from a guy who hates to go to the grocery store cause of the
damn thing. firstname.lastname@example.org
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