BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Dec 2005
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RE: "new" car
Here is the schedule I used when I bought and restored my 1990 420SEL. I hope it helps you. Here's hoping you keep your MB forever, I know I will. Good luck!
1. Replace ALL fluids (even diff.).
2. Replace ALL BELTS and hoses.
3. Check ALL fuses.
4. Check ALL interior and exterior light bulbs.
5. Replace any cracked exterior light lenses.
6. Replace worn floor mats. It will make your interior look new.
7. Replace grey front grill with new one. Pretty cheap!
8. Clean first, then ARMOUR ALL complete interior.
9. Wash outside of car thoroughly, ARMOUR ALL tires. Use Nu Finish protectant on all exterior painted surfaces. (Consumer Reports rated Nu Finish #1). Repeat twice for complete protection.
10. Check all door locks, fuel door, and trunk for vaccum locking with key.
11. Check sunroof operation.
12. Engine and trans restoration last since almost everything else is pretty cheap to make perfect.
13. I got front sheepskin seat covers (grey). Super comfortable!
14. New Alpine CD/radio, small amp, new speakers.
15. I got an entire engine (top and bottom) overhaul.
with a new overhauled tran.
16. Replace tires with Good Year (speed rated) original size.
17. Have alloy rims polished to new spec.
18. Replace bad glass, especially front wind shield because of sand or rock pitted surfaces. Install tinting (I used Huper Optik).
19. Finally, body work must be perfect (dings repaired) then repaint, preferably original color, but ALWAYS an MB color for your model and year.
I omitted a few of things that I forgot about on my list - check brake pads and caliper/disc wear (just to keep in the back of your mind for future maintainance). Check shocks - I needed two, so I decided to go ahead and replace all four. Check electric windows/antenna - most of the time it's just the switch, not the motor. Check air conditioning performance - most cars need a new compressor/dryer every four to five years (depends on use).
Buy chrome mirror backs for outside mirrors.
Buy chrome fender trim. These "S Class" saloons were known for their chrome accents. Go with it... I did!
You have a beautiful car, enjoy! [:)]