Date registered: Aug 2008
Vehicle: 2008 E320 Bluetec, 1988 560SL totalled unto death). 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, 1983 300CD
Location: Greater Metropolitan Beaverdam, Virginia
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I bought my 560SL sight unseen on ebay 2 1/2 years ago. Pix looked good, telephone conversations were good. I did not have an inspection done.
I must say that I sweated all the way until the car was delivered to my door. When it arrived, my heart sank. It looked terrible having traveled 1500miles on an open truck. A wash and wax fixed that. Mechanically, I was also disappointed. There was more wrong with it than I thought there would be BUT I also thought there was less wrong with it than the seller thought there was.
With subscriptions to ALLDATA DIY, Pindelsky, this forum and a CD Repair manual, and a logical approach to fault isolation all significant problems were cured within two months. The car is now my literal daily driver. I have put 24000 miles on it since purchase and have loved every minute of it. Cost has been minimal (parts only and a few special tools).
All that said, I would never again buy a car I did not personally inspect. My heart can't stand it.