i wanted to give a more critical and detailed decription of the car.
a list of the innoperative items:
sunroof(track not motor)
the antenae and the center vent control are innoperative due to the DIY dash replacement - dash was fitted perfectly but i managed to crack the center vent and lost the little plastic plunger that opens the ducts. the antenae connector is MIA and hidden under the dash somewhere.
sunroof, always worked perfect, but came off its track about a month ago. sunroof motor is in perfect working order, but i suspect the cable has either come undone, or it has come off track, or something "plastic" has broken.
cats as mentioned are pretty fried, i have someone local that wants to trade me his full exhaust of his 16v, however he has eliminated his resonator, so im not sure how it will sound.. the offer is trade my full exhaust plus $200; or you can buy a aftermarket converter complete with the primary tube precats for $250 - seach ebay for "190e catalytic" and you will see one listed for the 16v cars for $250 plus shipping.
when i replaced the rear speakers i installed 5.25" vs the stock 4"ers, so i could not re use the covers. i will see if i can buy some base/covers from circuit city and complete the install. stereo sounds pretty good, very clean, but no bass as the car only has 2 4"ers in the front and know two 5.25"s in the rear. the alpine unit is good quality and is 2006 model with integrated ipod controls. the ipod itself i am keeping, but i will leave the ipod cable so as to keep it a plug and play for the next ipod owner/user.
i have purchased brake fluid and a SLS fluid with filter, and will go out and buy 6 quarts of royal purple motor oil and a couple filters that will come with the car.. i cannot gaurantee i will actaully do this work as it will depend on how much time i have available... i am also a little apprehensive about flushing the SLS as there is a little more work entailed then i had anticipated.. its not rocket science, but there is room for error; not something i want to attempt for the first time.
i also need to figure out how to properly re-install my center console gauges and the ash tray.. it seems to all fit fine, but i havent figured out how to get the ash tray fully secured.
fuel gauge works, but isnt super accurate, it sometimes flutters, but hasnt been a problem for me and it always lights up when indicating its on "reserve fuel."
driver side power seat control is missing the recline button - this needs to be sourced from a junkyard and shouldnt be too hard to find. all power seats motors are in perfect working order. I am awaiting the new(used) driver side power window motor any day and will install it upon arrival.
as far as the car running, everything runs fine, or as can be expected from a car with a bad cat, id imagine it will be a nice suprise once the cats and o2 sensor are replaced. the car runs strong, but i never take it past 4k rpms as the "closed loop - bad-cat-bad-o2-sensor" does not allow it to rev freely in the high rpms.
INTERIOR: re-stitch the rear seems at the top of the rear seats and the leather is as nice as anyone could expect from a 20 year old, or even 10 year old car. door panels, headliner are all intact and look good. same with the wood grain; all in good condition. there are 2 bulbs that are burned out in the instrument cluster that i will try to replace - i have the original cluster with plenty or reusable parts.. replacing the bulbs shouldnt be too hard, as you can access them from the driver side vent- it just depends on how much slack i can get without having to disconnect the misc wires from the cluster... 10 minute install with the possibility of becomeing a 45 minute bulb(s) replacement. there is also a tiny bit of oil residue on the face of the oil pressure gauge, not sure the oil line needs jsut be re tightened or not?
PAINT: looks good and has a nice shine; although not its original paint, the paint has nice continuity. there is one bad keyscratch in the drivers door that is approx 16 inches long and has been "touched up" as well as some various small scratches on the ground effects and moldings. the actually body panels are clean from any other major scratches aside from the mentioned driver side key scratch and 2 little "ping/dent/scratches" in on the hood. all of these imperfections are pictured in the photobucket link in the first post. Front bumper has some wear and a little chipping on the lower passenger side. Front bumper molding(black) is original as shows sun fade.there are three small cracks on the rear spoiler, not highly noticeable, but an imperfection none the less.
BODY: three medium sized dents in the rear driver side quarter panel. they are not too deep and look like they can be removed without paint work; however, since it is not original paint, there is always the risk of cracking the paint in the removal process. in other words, this could become a $500 repair to smooth, paint and blend the quarter panel - while you're at it you would want to reshoot the driver door, and maybe remove some of the misc moldings to have them reprayed. no noticeable door dings, although their is a ding in the cent of the hood the size of a pea which would be a simple paintless removal.
MOTOR AND TRANS: feel pretty solid, i wouldnt be suprised if the top end had been rebuilt as the car is very quite, all valves clearances are in spec, and the timing chain has been replaced and is taut.
thats about it, im trying to describe the car as critical as i possibly can to eliminate any dissapointments to those that come to view the car.
SERVICES IN NEED OF BEING PERFORMED: As far as servicing that should be done, i will list them in order of how i would have them done:
replace the cats and O2 sensor(obvious)
tansmission fluid flush - since i have no history of the last time the trans has been serviced.
coolant - does not have factory MB fluid, so this should be an equal priority.
brake and steering fluid, as they are dark and old. same with the engine oil as it has been 8 months and maybe 4k miles?
flush SLS fluid - mainly because this is a very expensive part of the car; just simple preventative maintanence. the rear SLS is in perfect working order, although i have never tested it under load(i.e loading the trunk up and rear seats with passengers). suspension never sags, bounces, or acts "stiff"
once these things are done i would focus on some of the "still original" suspension peices: bushings, rear links, etc. I think the front tie rods/ca bushings and drag link are getting weak in terms of how tight a "sports sedan" should feel upfront, but the car still drives like a well behaved mercedes. i believe the motor mounts and trans mount are original as well and should eventually be replaced simultaneuosly of the suspension bushings.
thats about it.. it may seem like a "laundry list" of to-do items, but these cars typically require more work done to them as they were often driven hard and put up wet; and neglected in between.. not to mention many of these cars have a list of ownership a mile long.
Once, i thought i was wrong; but i had only been mistaken...
Last edited by OGMERC; 12-26-2007 at 02:10 PM.