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I have a 1990 Mercedes 560SEL. Flagship model in 1990. US spec, 285HP. 142,000 miles.

2000 miles on engine since timing chain, tensioner, chain rails, cam oilers, radiator, all vacuum lines, air idle hose assembly, injectors, CIS booth, cap/rotor, spark plug wires, cam sprockets, intake thermal actuators, fuel pump relay, MB 180 thermostat, fuel filter, fan clutch, renewed secondary throttle body, new throttle position switch, added switch for manual operation of aux fans, cold AC, great heat, new directional Bridgestone Potenza tires (2K miles, ), new SLS high pressure hose. (ALL REPLACEMENT PARTS OE). Compression test measures 150-155 lbs. between all 8 cylinders, with less than 10% differentiation.

All windows/sunroof, door locks, seat warmers, power seats front and rear, guages, lights, EVERYTHING works, except the front seat electric headrests (motor turns but headrests don't move), and the power antenna.

Motor runs Royal Purple 15W20, Trans runs B&M Trick Shift (new MB filter/gasket), coolant is MB w Purple Ice, power steering is MB ATF w new MANN filter. Motor idles at 750 P/N, 650 in drive, temp sits at 180 degrees in traffic. Motor burns NO OIL, no leaks, great power. Limited slip rear differential.

This is a 2nd owner car, 1st owner bought it from Park Place Dallas. Have original Owner's Manual, original key, and everything else that came with the car. Clear title, but I haven't changed it to my name, no accidents ever, ZERO rust, great paint w fully intact clear coat (8/10), better interior, no rips/holes/tears on seats (9/10). Interior color is Black/Black w Burlwood. I also did a complete audio upgrade, all the way to the wiring, but I will be keeping the components. Rewired with Monster heavy gauge wiring and a 2 amp set up in all the factory conduit (this is 80hrs. labor at an audio installer).

I spent $4250 on this car, spent another $3000 on parts. Asking $4500, or I'll trade for a running and driving 68-72 GEN II Nova, or a 68-72 Chevy Shortbed pickup, preferably stick shift, will consider Auto, motor size doesn't matter. Actually, I'll pretty much consider any vehicle trade.

This Mercedes needs a new fuel distributor. A new rebuilt unit from CIS FLOWTECH is $500. A used rebuilt unit is $75-$200 from Ebay. I recently installed a rebuilt unit from Python Injection, but it still has a partial miss on the #2 cylinder due to a misaligned metering piston. It's my daily driver, and the miss disappears after 1500RPM when fuel pressure increases, but you can feel it in traffic and right off the throttle and should be replaced. I already have replaced it w another used unit that was defective; I don't feel like spending any more money on this car.

If you're looking for the classic German tank with ALL of the necessary maintenance already done, here's your chance. Let me know if you have questions or if you'd like to see it. Extremely reliable and comfortable. Make me an offer.

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Just curious how its US spec and 285hp? The stock US 560 had 238hp, what have you done to make yours higher?
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Clear title, but I haven't changed it to my name...
How do you plan to transfer it?

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I would certainly be interested in looking at some pics, if you have them (and still have the car). E-mail is charlestownchiefs <at> comcast.net.

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want to add that i am willing to trade as well
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Looks like this car has been 'butchered' quite a bit. A daily driver wont't need a fuel distributor unless it's been tampered with. A No.2 cylinder 'misfire' won't be an issue due to fuel distributor, for goodness sake it's a CIS as in 'continuous injection system' therefore no injector is at fault unless determined so by pressure testing, therefore the problem is in cylinder compression and/or ignition system which is most likely to be the culprit. And that's because of lack of TLC. Anyone who does 'complete re-wiring' for a stereo on such a car should be discarded as a total wannabe who just wanted the car for the image without appreciating the vehicle. I deem your car as worthless as a quick inspection would reveal. Sorry my friend, you bought it to satisfy your ego as you could not afford to bring it to a place where it would be diagnosed and fixed right. I may be wrong, but if one really loves an 'S' class of old days, then he should keep it as one, without mods! Good luck with your sale!
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Looks like this car has been 'butchered' quite a bit. A daily driver wont't need a fuel distributor unless it's been tampered with. A No.2 cylinder 'misfire' won't be an issue due to fuel distributor, for goodness sake it's a CIS as in 'continuous injection system' therefore no injector is at fault unless determined so by pressure testing, therefore the problem is in cylinder compression and/or ignition system which is most likely to be the culprit. And that's because of lack of TLC. Anyone who does 'complete re-wiring' for a stereo on such a car should be discarded as a total wannabe who just wanted the car for the image without appreciating the vehicle. I deem your car as worthless as a quick inspection would reveal. Sorry my friend, you bought it to satisfy your ego as you could not afford to bring it to a place where it would be diagnosed and fixed right. I may be wrong, but if one really loves an 'S' class of old days, then he should keep it as one, without mods! Good luck with your sale!
Great post. Makes me realize what a gem I've got. I hope I'm doing everything I can to keep it "real." :/

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Looks like this car has been 'butchered' quite a bit. A daily driver wont't need a fuel distributor unless it's been tampered with. A No.2 cylinder 'misfire' won't be an issue due to fuel distributor, for goodness sake it's a CIS as in 'continuous injection system' therefore no injector is at fault unless determined so by pressure testing, therefore the problem is in cylinder compression and/or ignition system which is most likely to be the culprit. And that's because of lack of TLC. Anyone who does 'complete re-wiring' for a stereo on such a car should be discarded as a total wannabe who just wanted the car for the image without appreciating the vehicle. I deem your car as worthless as a quick inspection would reveal. Sorry my friend, you bought it to satisfy your ego as you could not afford to bring it to a place where it would be diagnosed and fixed right. I may be wrong, but if one really loves an 'S' class of old days, then he should keep it as one, without mods! Good luck with your sale!
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Looks like this car has been 'butchered' quite a bit. A daily driver wont't need a fuel distributor unless it's been tampered with. A No.2 cylinder 'misfire' won't be an issue due to fuel distributor, for goodness sake it's a CIS as in 'continuous injection system' therefore no injector is at fault unless determined so by pressure testing, therefore the problem is in cylinder compression and/or ignition system which is most likely to be the culprit. And that's because of lack of TLC. Anyone who does 'complete re-wiring' for a stereo on such a car should be discarded as a total wannabe who just wanted the car for the image without appreciating the vehicle. I deem your car as worthless as a quick inspection would reveal. Sorry my friend, you bought it to satisfy your ego as you could not afford to bring it to a place where it would be diagnosed and fixed right. I may be wrong, but if one really loves an 'S' class of old days, then he should keep it as one, without mods! Good luck with your sale!
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Well, when something is too good to be true and only needs a few bucks here and there to be in top shape - that's when it makes me wonder. A fuel distributor plunger 'misaligned' spells danger. And big money too, if fixed right. I haven't seen in over 30 years of fixing cars a CIS system to cause misfire because of that. An internal engine damage or wear can do so and if it were as simple as in replacing distributor cap, rotor, plugs and wires, be sure it would have been done already, don't you think?
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