Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: 1955 300SL, 1999 SL600, 2011 C55 AMG, 1990 500SL, 1993 500SE
Location: America the Beautiful
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RE: Importance of Service Records ???
I bought an 87 300E a few months ago from a software developer out at Microsoft, guy who had trouble finding the title, much less providing a satchel of service receipts. The trunk lid made me worry a little, because there was evidence that the car had a spoiler on it from the factory, and it had been removed, the trunk lid sanded & repainted, and a very bad job at that. This made me wonder about the competence of persons doing prior service. Having had the car for a few months now, I did find a few instances where competence had been an issue: light bulbs changed using wrong replacements and then forced into the sockets, breaking the sockets! I couldn't believe that you could do this! But the third brake light and the right brake light were both broken this way! Also, the fog lights one was a different color than the other! I switched the headlights to Euro and the car looks nicer and the lights are much better for night visibility! I replaced the rear brake pads myself (Easier on this car than any other car I have ever seen) at a cost of less than $25. The only other issue was the driveline flex discs which the rear has been replaced and the front is being replaced this week. Got the 2 discs from a company online for less than $60 each. The engine, trans, everything else is fine. So for having a bozo who couldn't change a light bulb as previous owner, the car did well. I don't fault the guy... computer geeks often don't know much about cars. When looking at a car to buy, just bring with you all that you know about cars, and look at every thing that yuo can on the car, check all the fluids, if you can see thru the wheels, look at the brake pads & rotors, look for things that have been mickey-moused back together. I am happy with my W124 and my neighbors all think it is a 1999 model and not a 1987, so they think I must be a mob capo to afford it! The 300E is my second Mercedes although since I got it I bought and sold another Mercedes too! If you find a car yuo like, then Buy It. Life's too short to be seen in a piece of junk. Ha!
Please don't spill Champagne in the Mercedes.