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FS 1993 47.7k miles w124 500E - Texas

1993 Mercedes 500E, 47.7k miles, $22.5k

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Two years ago, a buddy of mine found a 500E for sale on Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500 Fanatics Underground Kingdom that was low-mileage and in Houston where I live. Having always wanted one since the 80’s, I met with the seller (2nd owner) at Star Motor Cars Mercedes dealership – I drove the car, got it on a lift, and took it to my personal MB-only mechanic (who, btw, also owns a 500E). Turns out, my mechanic knew the original owner (a local Doctor) and knew the car.

The car checked out well – always a Texas car, always serviced at Star Motors (Star Motor Cars - Serving Houston, TX), two known past owners. The car needed a few items, but I knew that going in. As a pilot, I’m fairly perfection-minded, so I had my MB-only mechanic do the following:

• Leaking evaporator coil replaced – costing me $4300 to have done, my mechanic has done many of these. The evap was leaking when I bought the car and I knew it when I bought it, so this was first to be replaced. Top notch job by a top notch mechanic. All the pods in the dash were replaced as well because we were there anyways.
• New upper and lower engine wiring harnesses – costing me $1300 to have done by my mechanic. We weren’t seeing symptoms of this issue, but you could tell the bio-degradable harnesses were wearing away so symptoms were coming soon.
• New front struts and mounts. The originals had been worn enough to justify my redoing these too. Done by my mechanic.
• New factory headliner – costing me $650 to have installed. The headliner was sagging a bit at the rear center, and it drove me nuts. Installed by a trim guy of thirty years.
• New headlight doors – ordered from MB in Germany, brand new – costing me $190. The originals had a bit of fading and it made the car look dated.
• One of the transmission lines was leaking, so those were all replaced by my mechanic.
• All fluids were replaced – ALL of them.
• New front pads and rotors at 43,000 miles.
• I had the factory wheels refurbished and bought Goodyear Eagle F1 tires in March of 2008. Probably have 500 miles on them, because I immediately took them off and replaced the wheels with brand new Mercedes EVOs (these don’t come with the car) and new tires (again).
• I swapped the taillights for brand new factory 94-95 smoked taillights; both sets will come with the car.
• The antenna was sticking, so I purchased and had installed a new antenna

As you can see, I’ve spent a pile of money fixing all the things on this car that either needed to be done or I knew were going to need to be done. All the services for this car since 1993 were done at Star Motor Cars until my ownership when all the work was performed by Hans at Autohaus Stuttgart in Houston (have known him since the ‘80s when I owned a 240D). I saw the Star Motor’s records prior to purchasing the car (all regular service were done since 1993), but I only have the records for all my work done. Mileage was verified by the dealer at the time of purchase.

Mechanically, the car is a nine. It drives tight, fast, and straight. The steering is excellent, the power is excellent, and the brakes are excellent. Despite changing the shock tower mounts for the rear, there’s still an occasional minor “thump” in the rear when going over large bumps – it’s a minor annoyance more than anything and it doesn’t affect the car’s drivability.

The interior is a nine. I’ll deduct points because the front driver’s has a minor bit of wear at the bolster. The wood is excellent, the headliner is new, there aren’t any funky smells, and the carpet is unstained.

The exterior is an eight. There is a minor scratch here and there in the paint, nothing major – it is a 17 year-old car that’s been driven, but it’s in excellent, low-mileage shape.

Why sell after all I’ve done and spent? Because I don’t use it too often and because I have eight other cars, three of which are Mercedes Benzes. I don’t drive the 500E as much as I thought I would so it sits in my airplane hanger way too often for me to justify keeping it.

The car is on the west side of Houston, Texas. It’ll easily make the drive anywhere you’d like to take it. If you buy the car, come see it, and find that I’ve lied about anything, then we’ll kill the deal – no harm, no foul. I’m not a dealer. If you want someone to come look at the car, I will be happy to meet them.

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Hey dude your tires are in the wrong direction
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That's a really gorgeous car. I've seen it in person only once. Good luck with the sale.

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I've seen this car personally and can vouch both for the description provided, as well as it being a first-class example of the breed. This car will make a new owner very, very happy.

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Hey dude your tires are in the wrong direction
Ronald, thanks for pointing that out. I swapped the Evos to stock wheels at night, and was not paying attention. I blame Sierra Nevada pale ale. Car has been driven less than two miles with the tires incorrectly installed, and will install them properly this weekend.

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Wow. Too rich for my blood but clearly worth my envy anyway. Good luck with the sale.

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Here's another voucher! I'm the one who found the car for Doktorno, and I've driven it many times. Way cool car; description is accurate but maybe a little hypercritical on the exterior being rated at an "8". I'd put it at "9", but everyone has an opinion.

It's a very, very good 500E being sold by a good guy.

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Ronald, thanks for pointing that out. I swapped the Evos to stock wheels at night, and was not paying attention. I blame Sierra Nevada pale ale. Car has been driven less than two miles with the tires incorrectly installed, and will install them properly this weekend.
I was ready to pay asking price, but after the "drove two miles with the tires mounted in the wrong direction" fiasco, I am afraid i can only offer $5K. But you can leave them incorrectly mounted at that price if you'd like.

Seriously, great looking car, best of luck with sale.
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A solid offer from a solid guy!

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The "thump" mentioned by the owner is most likely caused by the rear "shocks". Not a big deal - under $1k bought and installed. Looks like a great car for a new caretaker.

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