Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: 1965 230sl (euro spec,48k), 1979 450sl (200k)
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I would consider an out-of-town car if the deal was right, (although Boston makes me somewhat concerned about rust) it all depends on the mechanical condition. I have looked at ones which were 15,000 and a pretty good deal considering condition, and others which were far less but needed considerable work. I won't buy one without a complete pre-purchase inspection first (including compression test, not just mobile inspectors who basically kick tires and count the parts) and so far the last 3 I have had inspected revealed 3 to 6 thousand in repairs needed. I think for most this establishes the value of paying a couple hundred for an inspection. In one case the asking price was 11,700, it had 107,000 miles or so, and had never had timing chain serviced either. and over and above the potential timing chain issue it needed three thousand plus in repairs. If the seller had lowered the price some to account for that I would have bought it, but he would not budge on the price, and insisted he could do most of the repairs himself.
I have looked at lots of these cars, and my experience has been that people are selling them just before they get expensive to maintain. They probably know their cars have issues, but they say they are ignorant of any problems, they let me pay for an inspection, then become somewhat offended when confronted with the news. Or, they think their car is perfect because it it looks "pristine" and they have always changed the fluids and kept copies of the service records. They will say all the needed repairs are "simple" or "cheap" but then of course if that were true, why wouldn't they do it themselves?
It truly is tough to find a nice one realistically priced!!
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