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Über Sonderklasse 1990 350SDL

Since the forum recommends posting this, I figured I would. I have never owned a Mercedes though my first two cars were VW Super Beetles. Since then I have had a Subaru Loyale and my most recent car was a 2nd generation 4Runner.

As you can see, I am completely unfamiliar with a diesel but have always wanted one. I fell into purchasing this car because of the price and that my 4Runner has a busted rear seal and no AC and was barely good at being a daily driver.

The car is a charcoal 1990 350SDL (W126.135 chassis) with a killer straight 6-diesel engine (OM603.97), super roomy back seats, and weighs in at approximately 3,600 lbs (according to the title). She tells me her name is Suzy, whatever that means, and has lived in Hilton Head, SC for most of her life (according to all the stickers at least). Her previous owners were quite old and she has been taking care of by an excellent mechanic at Import Service of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, SC. This guy is amazing, seriously.

She has 239k miles and the odometer is presently not working. Hope to get it fixed so I can get the 400,000 km merit badge.

Future work:
- fix odometer, rear passenger window motor, replace glow plugs every 50k miles
- Thule rack for surfboards (already bought)
- Euro lights
- replace speakers in front doors
- general maintenance

Pretty stoked and have some pictures below (if they come through). Looking forward to some years driving, and in three days have fallen in love with this car (even though there isn't a tailgate).
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You'll be amazed at the difference the euros can make. I find that just one euro headlight provides better lighting than both stock headlights. Amazing.

If you run into any problems with anything I'm sure a quick search in the "W126" part of the forums will probably answer any queries you may have. If not feel free to start a topic.
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