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Thinking of buying a project for $800.
1997 C280 with 275k miles. Stack of service records to show major maintenance like timing chain, head gasket work, etc. done by local MB dealer. All power options work. Exterior is in really good shape, with a clean CarFax. Engine runs (barely), brakes well, suspension is tight, seems to have been well taken care of overall.
Needs: Cam sensor (immediately), headliner, radio, Catalytic converter (stolen), and A/C work. I'm looking at around $2000 total investment with all of the above needs satisfied (DYI).
What do you guys think? Should I do it?
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location and your expected hourly wages?
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What do you guys think? Should I do it?
Nope. You will be in well over $2800 when complete and STILL have a rolling pile of junk beat to hell 13 year old base model C class with nearly 300k miles under it all. THEN everything else will start falling apart and by that point you could have just saved your money and gotten a way better car. Go get a nice Honda Civic. $2800 will get you into something that won't break or need much work.
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location and your expected hourly wages?
Charleston SC, $75k / year
It's been a southern car all but 2 years of it's life.
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such projects usually generate honest 10 cents to 1 dollar per hour. They do bring lot of satisfaction, but no monetary value.
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