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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-25-2009, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Bodywork on a 1997 E420

My father has a '97 E420 with 175k miles on it. He's taken care of it. Mechanically, it is almost perfect. But cosmetically, since he has kept it outside its whole life and used it winters in New England, it has some body rust. But for a 12 year-old car treated like this, it is in amazing shape.

I know nothing about bodywork.

It seems to be mostly bubbles of rust under the paint, and the mechanic told him it cannot be repaired--the only solution is to replace the panels (2 doors and a rear quarter panel). I have not taken it to a body shop for a look.

My question--is there any way to repair or stop the rust? He is getting a new car and I would really like this one for myself...

I do not have photos but could get them if needed...

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Start with a rust bubble in less visible spot and scrape off loose material. If there is no hole, priming with rust converter and than touching up with original paint will do.
If the body has holes, it will cost more to fix it than car value.
Go to W210 section where the subject belongs and take a look of our member -Insaneme dealing with his rust bucket.
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Like Kajtek1 said, proper bodywork might be more costly than what the car is worth in real terms. Since it is your father's I can fully understand why you might not be too concerned with that. If you decide to keep the car, replace the affected panels and make sure whoever paints it knows how to approximate the original finish; not just the color but the depth aka number of coats.

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