1988 Mercedes 420SEL
Runs smooth, quiet, and strong. A/C works although the large sunroof is nice to have on a cool evening. The interior is very clean and all blue, including the dashboard. The rear windows go all the way down. You don't really see cars like this any more. The trunk is cavernous and looks like you could park a Porsche 914 within. Original toolkit and first aid kit come with the car.
Soon after I purchased this car, I performed all the following work. All parts were of German or U.S. manufacture.
I replaced the radiator because two of the nipples had broken off the original plastic tank. The replacement radiator is a Behr, as was the original. Coolant and transmission hoses were also replaced. Due to the car's age and mileage, I also replaced the upper timing chain rails (preventive maintenance). To access the timing chain rails, I had to remove the water pump. Rather than reinstall an 18 year old water pump, I opted to replace it with a new German unit. Since I had the front of the engine this far apart, I replaced the following parts "while I was in there:"
Timing chain tensioner
Cam oiler towers (plastic)
All of the exhaust system aft of the catalytic converter was replaced (pre-mufflers, tail pipes, muffler). This car is quiet! When you stand on the gas, you don't hear an exhaust note so much as the whirring sound from the valvetrain.
One rear caliper was replaced, along with all rotors and pads. Parking brake was rebuilt.
There are a few small rust spots on the bottom of the fenders and on the front bumper, but the body and suspension are clean and solid.
Tires arenâ€™t new but they have plenty of tread left.
The car looks and drives very nice. It's a clean, original German classic. I'm selling it because I just don't drive it enough to justify keeping it insured.
Mercedes-Benz 420SEL - a set on Flickr
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