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In a curious sequence of events, I found that my first new Mercedes Benz, which I sold in perfect condition in 2005, might be available for me to purchase. This was a gorgeous 1993 190 2.3, which I had delivered from the factory and the only reason that I sold it in 2005 was that my family had outgrown the vehicle. The vehicle had been resold so I contacted the current owner and introduced myself and he was very cordial, but he told me that his intention was to part out the vehicle and that maybe I should I come over to see the vehicle for myself.

The vehicle broke my heart. Both headlight lens were broken, the front air dam torn and missing parts, the hood was dented with the impression of someone’s rear end, the wiper damaged and bent, the left rear corner was crushed in and horribly rusted, the left rear quarter was dented from the inside out, the ignition missing was with the use of a screw driver to start the vehicle, there were cigarette burns on every surface, the cargo netting on the seats torn to shreds, the glove box broken, and the inside of the passenger rear door was missing. All of this and the transmission was completely shot.

I owned this vehicle for 12 years and it was as beautiful and in as perfect running order as they day it left the factory. Thinking of all the hours that I spent taking care of this car and the pride ownership of such a great piece of machinery, it is inconceivable what happened to this vehicle in five short years.

My purpose of writing this note is a bit of the therapy for myself, but to also warn all of you who love your cars to never let yourself see what happened after it was sold. Seller beware.
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My condolences.

I've been told that all Benz's go to heaven. In the next life, you and your car will look like when you two first met and spend forever driving that great Autobahn in the sky.

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That made me feel really really sad, I just look out the window and uttered "I'll never let that happen to you" at my c280. I've spent the last 4.5 yrs bringing my car back from that level.

I'm sorry to see that happen, maybe project car for you? Stick a 5spd getrag, c36 engine block euro lights and complete body paint, e430 brakes, the type of work that as you work on her a little bit at a time you know everything will be the way you want it and safe
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I agree - she deserves better - rescue her!
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It's sad to hear. Some people maintain cars and some, once things start to go, just ignore more and more.

Perhaps the silver lining is that based on your description it sounds as though the hood may have enjoyed some fun, depending of course on one's imagination...

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
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Do cars have feeling? Only they know.
If the car was a classic, it would be kept as new.
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On a brighter note... last fall, an old friend passed away, and his wife asked me for some help disposing of his odd collection of vehicles. Two were running, an 86 BMW 635 and an 82 diesel G-Wagen (wanted it, but couldn't afford it). The third one wasn't running - an 85 190 16v. He was rather proud of that one, it still had all of the Euro gear on it (Swiss gray market import), Ronal R9's, and the dogleg 5 speed.

It was a sad sight sitting in a barn all covered with dust, squatting on flat tires, probably will get broken up for parts, but when I looked it over, I found... no rust, electricals all worked, 81k miles, even compression, just not getting any fuel. Not nearly as dead as it looked. I didn't need another non running car, but the little Benz made me an offer I couldn't refuse: save me from the parts bin, and I won't break anything expensive on you.

So I ended up buying it for a relative pittance ($1500) because I didn't want to see my buddy's pride and joy get broken up for parts. Four months and another $1000 later, most of that newer seats and a right side skirt to replace the cracked one, and it's running great.

And it kept it's end of the deal, nothing expensive has broken. Thought that I'd have to replace the fuel distributor ($$$) but found that a few hours in an ultrasonic cleaner cleared out what was clogging it up, and it zips right to the 7k redline now.

Can't save 'em all, but I did save this one.

Oh, here's the running blog I kept on the W201 forum:

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It is rare with Mercedes, but it happens occasionally. Sad.
I bought several MB flying over 2000 miles to pick them up and have been always very pleased with their condition with only one exception, but that was "cheap Mercedes" I was buying for my son. Where I live vehicles don't corrode, so 30 years old MB is still daily driver, while I do see occasionally at local grocery store one of those pampered MB from 60's or 70's
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