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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-22-2010, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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I am soon to be the owner of a 1982 380SEC, seems mechanically sound, needs some interior work (sewing seat seams, headliner coming down, drivers seat won't move) Anyone care to clue me in on what to expect in general, it's my first MB. And I need to replace the dash cover (cracked). I know about the issue with the timing chain, single row vs. double, the engine was replaced 2 years back and hope they knew enough to avoid the single row then. Any comments are welcomed at this point. I'm surprised how little this car is selling for too. less than 1K. How can I lose? I drove it and appears to have never been wrecked, can't really tell the engine was changed either. Lay it one me, just in case I need to re-consider
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2010, 03:56 PM
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Welcome to the site I'm a newbe myself here, but make sure you to take it to a mechanic to have it check out.
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"How can I lose"
You will find out when you start to repair,an SEC for under 1K is a parts car
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It sounds like a rolling pile of junk. A less than $1,000 MB is a car that should have been in a junk yard 10 years ago. Since it is a non collectible undesirable base SEC, it isn't worth putting any money into as it isn't worth any money even if you fully restored it. You would be buying this car for one reason, and one reason only..... to part it out. There is nothing more expensive then a cheap Mercedes. That $900+/- will turn into $9000 faster then you can blink.... all money you will never see again.
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There's a common misconception about an engine being replaced.
Don't forget that the new engine underneath the hood, well, is not, new. It came from another car that became parts.

Not wanting to scare you off, just stay alert on potential breakdowns, and were you want to place your money.
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