Date registered: Apr 2013
Vehicle: Black on Black Leather 94 E320 Sedan
Location: Vail, Co.
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New Guy / '94 E320
I've been on the forum for about 3 weeks now and have experienced nothing but great help and tips from fellow members.
I recently bought a black on black 94' E320. I first fell in love with the car after driving it back to Mn. from Co. over a Christmas holiday. Anyway, it was my then girlfriend's car. She bought it for about 18k back in 2003.
Upon first drive, I was smitten. Couldn't believe how ergonomically perfect the seats, steering wheel and dash layout were and the car's uncanny ability to soak up hundreds of miles without feeling any fatigue from the driver's perspective. I also couldn't believe how fast it was from 50-100. The throttle response and acceleration in this range is remarkable.
This car also turns heads. Lots of them. People ask what model it is. They then say, "That's what I'd like to find." They know it's a little older, but they're cool with that. They like the classic Benz aesthetics. They are timeless designs. There's something cool about an older (daily driver) that is nearly mint. Not too old, because that pins you nostalgic, but just old enough to evoke admiring glances from onlookers. It's almost as if they're thinking, "I wish they still made 'em that way." My interpretations of course, but these w124's have a real effect of people.
Back to car condition when I received it: Said ex-girlfriend nearly ran the car into the ground, cosmetically. Dings, curb rash, broken side mirror, snapped combination switch, broken antennae, dog and cat hair, color oxidization, front fairing broken and dangling on the ground, sunroof left open in the rain etc. Despite neglecting the appearance of the car, she maintained the vehicle mechanically, so I knew what I had, I offered to buy the car for 2500.00 this past late winter and she agreed. I knew I could bring the car back. Over the past several weekends, I have ordered new parts, installed them and have nearly completed a cosmetic restoration of the car. Below details what I've done. The car currently has 119k on the odometer.
From an earlier post:
I have personally replaced the combination switch, antennae mast, battery with a genuine Mercedes unit (only 20 bucks more than the auto parts store), passenger side headlight lens (Bosch), aluminum grill trim, front fairing and bumper impact strip (bumper components from the Auto Parts Warehouse-impressive quality and great price. No charge for shipping!). Further, I repaired a dime sized hole in the rear bumper impact strip with spotting putty. I had the bumpers painted at Maaco (they did an amazing job!). Additionally, I easily pushed out some tiny dings in the stainless steel trim attached to the passenger side door cladding. This required taking the strip and cladding off of course as well as replacing the plastic clips. I have also pulled a ding and repaired a small surface rust spot on the rear deck lid. Concluding, I have rubbed the entire car out by hand. Color oxidization came right out with some hard earned elbow grease.
This is what I've done thus far. I will post before and after shots when I've completed the project.
Please see my profile photo of the car - taken last weekend. Looks pretty good for a black car in the sun. All original paint except for newly painted bumpers.
PS: Headlight wiper arms go back on this weekend. I need to primer and paint them.
Last edited by BLACKONBLACK94E320; 05-22-2013 at 10:41 PM.