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560SL Pre-purchase checklist?

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Just joined the forum today. Lots of good info and almost too much to absorb. I've begun my search for an R107 and seems like the 560SL is where I'm leaning. Has anyone here created a pre-purchase checklist? If so, I may have missed it; sorry. I really want to know the "must know" things to look for so I don't inherit a nightmare. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Had you found our Encyclopaedia yet? You should stop by sections 41 and 67...
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Had you found our Encyclopaedia yet? You should stop by sections 41 and 67...
Yes, I have perused the encyclopedia quite a bit. Again, LOTS of good info there. 41 & 67 had more detail of what another quasi-Benz friend had touched on. I figured (hoped) as much info as there was, somebody (more knowledgeable than me) had compiled a "walk-around" inspection checklist. Thanks.
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I think section 05 of the Egv107 is top of the list. Timing chain failure makes it a parts car for most.
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I think section 05 of the Egv107 is top of the list. Timing chain failure makes it a parts car for most.
From what I've read, the chains are pretty sturdy, but can be a death blow if they fail. Very expensive to replace preventatively, but catastrophic with failure. I've had a hard time getting sellers to provide what I consider "full" maintenance records on great looking "well maintained" cars. Some just don't have a clue.

Would you consider a car with no history of chain and/or guides replacement one to walk away from? Or is there a mileage limitation under which is "safe". Thanks.

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Read the section It is not the timing chain chain that fails. While the timing can stretch it is the plastic guides breaking that cause the failure. The tensioner can also get weak and the cam sprockets worn contributing to the problem. Engines with less than 100,000 miles have been found by members to have a broken guide.

No need to walk away but it can be a bargaining tool.
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Read the section It is not the timing chain chain that fails. While the timing can stretch it is the plastic guides breaking that cause the failure. The tensioner can also get weak and the cam sprockets worn contributing to the problem. Engines with less than 100,000 miles have been found by members to have a broken guide.

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Thanks. Very helpful.
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No question that there is excellent advice on this forum. However, If you are willing to spend about $10 for a used copy on Amazon, I recommend The Essential Buyer's Guide 280-560SL by Chris Bass.

https://www.amazon.com/Mercedes-Benz.../dp/1845841077
A warts and all introduction to owning, driving and maintaining a Mercedes-Benz 280-560SL or SLC, and a step-by-step guide to evaluating one for purchase. This book includes 100 photos of what to look for and what to avoid, plus a realistic assessment of running and restoration costs, as well as market values. This includes servicing and spare parts prices, and the relative values of the various models, specifications and vehicle conditions you are likely to encounter.

Written by the editor of the Mercedes-Benz Club Gazette, it draws on the experiences of the late Roger Edwards, a former Mercedes-Benz apprentice who spent his life working on and enjoying these cars, along with input from Roger's colleagues who continue to run his company. It also benefits from the author's 30 years of owning and restoring old cars, and his contacts in the world of Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts.

Written in an easy to follow, jargon-free style, this book will equip you with all you need to know to buy a Mercedes.

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