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Perfect Benz Gone To Waste???

Hey everyone,

I'm a newb looking for some insight/help with a 1997 c280 I'm thinking of fixing. Now here's a short story,

sister has a perfectly flawless/no rust low mileage Benz...that's been sitting in the backyard for over a year in a half. I know this kills some people to hear because I've dealt with it before with another car. Letting a car sit is probably the worst thing you can do. So, it doesn't start and thinking maybe do a quick battery swap to see if it even turns over? What could I possibly do to get it running? What should I check for? Fix it up could rake in $3500. Otherwise, part out possibly. If anyone lives in the new haven area let me know!

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You need to find out exactly what happened to it, if you want to get it running.
If it was only a battery, surely she'd have changed it.
So if she couldn't start it and she knows of nothing else wrong with it, start with the obvious.
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Who says parking for long time must be bad? I start my motorhome once a year and it does it perfectly so far for 40 years. I think diesel in it is about 4 years old now.
Gasoline car is a bit more difficult as the fuel likes to gunk on the injectors and tank strainer, but in dry climate 1.5 years is not much. Just get a good battery, check the filter if you can and crank it, crank it babe.
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Before you crank, check the obvious things like mice, stuff clogging the air filter, coolant, oil level etc. Good luck
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