I am presently looking at and comparing two 1986 560sl 's and have a
One of the cars has the center high mounted stop light on the back edge of
the trunk, the other has the light near the leading edge of the trunk, next
to the top. Which is correct for the 1986, or are both correct ? I have
run carfax on both vehicles and no crash/repair damage was noted on either
car. Both reported the correct model year.
1. The light toward the leading edge is standard on 1986-1987 US cars. The more
posterior placement is standard on 1988-1989 models.
2. The car might be a 1986 European 500SL. The body style never had the centre
light outside the U.S. Contrary to what most people think, Carfax will have
records of grey market imports for model years starting around 1986. This is
when MB changed their worldwide VIN format to a 17 digit code that is similar
to (but not the same as) the format used on American market cars.
3. Carfax isn't always a reliable source of accident information. Sometimes
accidents don't get reported and even if they do, they don't always show up on
Carfax. I was just in an accident where the car was deemed a total loss, and
the report given to me (not Carfax) showed a prior accident that didn't come up
on the dealer-supplied Carfax report.
4. Maybe someone messed up the boot lid when trying to close an overstuffed
trunk, maybe something fell on it. Those things don't usually get reported.
5. Maybe someone just wanted to update the look of the car (although that
wouldn't make sense 'cause your average bloke wouldn't know the difference
Thanks for the reply... I realize carfax may not report all the details. I
have my suspicions concerning the car with the light more posterior... It
has obviously been repainted. Used Car Dealer, of course, has no clue...
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