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1990 560SEL for sale in Phoenix, AZ

1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL (w126.039) 4-door Sedan. 166,000Mi. Black on Black.

Third owner, So-Cal car, comprehensively documented. Clean Carfax.
(Technically only second because it passed from father to son via
estate, then was sold to me.) This car cost nearly 100K when new. It
has all of the luxury and innovation that you expect from a Mercedes
S-Class sedan including an incredibly powerful 5.6Litre V8 Mercedes
fuel injected engine (M117.968), and all black leather interior with
real burl wood trim all cut from the same tree. All of it is in
fantastic condition for a 20 year old executive sedan.

The Mercedes Benz w126 S-Class has been the premier luxury sedan the
world over since it's first debut in 1979 and was the longest running
S-Class that Mercedes built since the 50's. Jeremy Clarkson of Top
Gear says that if you want to see what sort of options are going to be
available on most consumer cars in the next 10 years, you only have to
look at the Mercedes S Class. This was the first car to give us air
bags & ABS standard, pre-tensioning seat-belts, crumple-zones,
traction control, and so much more. This car was engineered and built
before that whole Chrysler fiasco (which we shall henceforth never
speak of again), and it shows.

Just to give you an idea of the ridiculous level of engineering they
put into this car: The very shape of the hood causes rainwater to
flow away from the windshield at highway speeds. The taillights are
designed so that wind blowing down the side of the car will blow snow
off the rear bumper as you move along the Autobahn in a Bavarian
blizzard. They put the radio at the bottom of the center console
stack instead of on top like most manufacturers because it has a
center console shifter and when the car is locked the PRNDL handle
can't be moved from Park. So if the knob can't be moved from Park,
the radio can't be removed unless the key is in the ignition because
it's exit is blocked by the PRNDL handle. Genius.

It has driver and front passenger airbags, pre-tensioning three-point
seat belts, eight-way power adjustable front seats including power
head-restraints with 2 position memory. Seats are heated front &
rear, and the power rear bench seat with center armrest actually
reclines. It comes with the original removable rear passenger
footrests and yes, the factory issue first-aid kit is still safely
tucked away in one of the rear deck storage compartments - though the
efficacy of anything contained therein should be suspect.

The 560 SEL models were often used as limousines so the four-speed
automatic transmission starts out in 2nd gear by default in order to
give a smooth departure. It has on-demand first-gear start but you
have to shift it into 'b' and then back into 'D' every time. (Then
regain control of your senses as V8 engine rockets off and slams
everyone into their seats. Make sure your passengers hold onto their
drinks because there aren't any cup holders in these stately German
tanks. "Autos sind fĂ¼r das Fahren nicht zum Essen" or something.)
This transmission has a topographical sensor built in to monitor the
gas pedal position and the vehicle's angle (whether you're going
uphill or downhill). That means it'll hold back acceleration when
coasting downhill, and it means that if you stop at a light going
downhill the car will hold position even if you take your foot off the
brake. (It will roll, but the transmission won't "creep".)

Ambient climate control with R-134 air conditioning blows cold front &
rear, set it to the temperature you want and it does all the work.
Power telescopic steering, power brakes w/ABS and get this: automatic
speed-sensitive self-leveling hydro-pneumatic rear suspension - the
faster you go the lower it gets to the ground. This car will probably
still do every bit of the 160MPH marked on the speedometer but I've
never had the wherewithal to find out for myself. I can tell you
it'll do 80MPH all day long across the USA for days in a row without

It was built before the age of remote-keyless entry though you can add
that as an aftermarket module these days - it has vacuum operated
central locking. That means when you turn the key in any one lock it
operates all the other locks, and when the passenger doors are locked
the fuel door is too. (probably a good thing these days because it
takes premium fuel only.) It has stalk-mounted infinitely variable
topographical sensing analog cruise control, an analog dash clock, and
a mechanical trip odometer, but the outside temperature gauge is
digital. Go figure.

I just had a new Sony stereo w/bluetooth phone/mp3 player connect
installed with remote control (the original Becker tape-deck comes
with for the MB puritans.) It has an automatic power antenna with
override and something like 13 factory speakers with a built-in center
console stereo fader (front/rear) so your driver can turn the music up
for you in the back, yet still carry on a conversation with their
navigator up front. It also has reading lights front & rear with a
remote rear flood and a sunroof big enough to let you stand up in.

Headlight wipers, amber lamps, and right/left European parking lights.
Power windows w/lockout, rear window defrost, third brake light, two
tone selectable horn (highway/city), remote mirrors, and the windows
are limo tinted (5%) all around. This car has presence. It came with
California Emissions and passes AZDQT with flying colors. It also
includes a conventional spare tire with jack, wrench, a 5 gallon gas
tank, owners manual, service records, and Mercedes Benz factory repair
manuals on CD.

New MB brakes/rotors, belts, filters, synthetic oil, alignment,
Pilkington windshield with clear 100% UV block applied. You can drive
this car at high noon in Phoenix without wearing sunglasses. New
Optima battery, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor, and
recently replaced the rear differential because of a problem with the
carrier. I have the original and the gears are good and salvageable
but the carrier isn't. It has Depo front clear corners and several
new trim pieces (hood star, grille badge, etc), but I still have the
gold pieces that it was originally equipped with.

With any 20 year old car there will be a few minor issues, none of
which are really expensive to fix but I can't be bothered. Idles a
little rough when starting, fuel injectors probably need
cleaned/rebuilt. The washer fluid nozzle leaks a little. Paint is
so-so, there are some dings and scratches here and there with a good
sized one in the left front fender but no rust. Sunroof needs work.
Armrest console lock doesn't, and the B-pillar leather has detached
and torn a little around the seatbelt tensioners. A hair-dryer and
some contact cement would fix it up nice enough, but I've wanted to
replace them instead and just haven't looked for a set. Driver seat
motor won't slide forward because the cable popped out and I haven't
put it back in. Drips a little power steering fluid and hydraulic
suspension fluid. I'm not really sure if it needs it, but I'd
probably replace the ball joints sooner rather than later since these
have 160K on them and they're a wear-item. I picked up a set of
shocks for it but never put them on, they're in the trunk. It could
use a set of tires, at least on the rear. (I don't like the rims so I
was planning on replacing them & the tires at the same time. AMG
Monoblocks would look stunning on this vehicle.)

This is a beautiful Mercedes in good condition and recently completed
a 5000+ mile roundtrip across the US with 20MPG avg. Look around you
and see how many of these cars are still on the road. This is a very
strong machine and could easily run another 150,000mi with proper
maintenance. I'm selling it because I really only drive it on long
highway trips 2-3x a year, my garage is full of Miatas and I really
need a pickup truck instead of a full size sedan.

Asking 4500$

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Went over the car for an inspection before sale... looks like the power steering hose cracked.

I'm dropping the price to 4350$ for that.
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