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MB EXPERTS: Should I buy? (w126 500sel content)

I'm seriously considering this one:

Its 1984 with 131000 km. (80000?mi) and he only wants $8600CAN (6300)USD
-Complete AMG wheels and body kit.
-Euro Model
-Recently imported from Japan
-Excellent running condition.
-Owned by a car collector who is owner of a limo company (his personal car)
-"Needs absolutely nothing"
-Interior/Exterior condition rates at "good to very good"

What do you guys think?
I don't have a lot of money to spend on maintenance however the buyer insists that it should be problem free for a long time to come. He can't provide additional photographs so I have to trust him on the condition..

What is gas mileage like with the 5.0 V8?
Are these cars problematic/expensive to maintain.

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RE: MB EXPERTS: Should I buy? (w126 500sel content)


this is actually quite funny because I am in Edmonton and saw it recently on the CanadaTrader.

I'd say a stern "no" to getting that car.

Owning 2 S-class sedans (W108 and W116) and now I am considering a W126 (my W116 is for sale for $4,500 CDN), I know quite a bit about these vehicles.

I am sure it is what he claims that it is in great shape, but to be quite blunt you can get a 90-91 560SEL with about 150,000 kms for that much or a little less. When gas prices are this high, that is a preposterous price for a car of that year.

I'm not sure what your standpoint is, AMG or not, the ground effects and the wheels make it look foolish - this isn't a Honda Civic, it's a premium luxury German flagship-class sedan.

They can be pricey to maintain (depends on how much work YOU can do to them) but they are reliable - don't expect a brand new car - every older car needs SOMETHING inspite of what the owner claims.

As far as the fuel economy of the V8's - the 4.5L V8's coupled with a 4,400 lbs car get about 19.9L/100 km in the city.

Take a look at mine LOL

W116 and W126 are both splendid vehicles, however, plastic started moving up the sides of the W126, where the W116 doesn't have plastic on the sides.

Hope this helps!

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RE: MB EXPERTS: Should I buy? (w126 500sel content)

i have a 560 SEL and 500 SEC AMG and i think it's a good choice, but you must to ask to the owner the invoice of the car and you must inspect the car inside and outside!
my 2 W126 take 15 liters for 100 KM (2/3 in the city)
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I would call that a "period correct" mid to early '80s W126, when body kits and wheels were the rage.

Now of course its wheels and a lowered stance without the body kits.

Alot of these cars made it into the Middle East, Japan and Asia, back in the '80s (when the cars were brand new) as that's where the economy and oil money was.

If the car checks out and is clean and well maintained (typically from Japan they would be), go for it. But as mentioned, make sure and have some funds ready incase something breaks or fails or needs maintenance. This car is 20years old and mechanical things wear out, and on a Benz that could take you to the poor house in a hurry.

So buy wisely and have some reserve and you will be happy with fine German motoring.

Regards - Yasin
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