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FS 1987 Mercedes 420SEL

This is my beautiful 420SEL
It is a 1987 that I purchased from the original owner.

I wish it wasn't so but it is for sale. I need the money right now more than the car.

It has 260,000plus miles on it, but as most of you know that is just the breaking in period for these amazing engines!

In the last year I have had it painted gloss black metallic, had the leather inside restored including new leather on front seats, installed new JVC cd/mp3 stereo with 12" subwoofer, new catalytic converter (to pass smog last year), new distributor, new rotor, new plugs and wires, new Michelin tires,new idle control valve, new headlight control relay, new window tint, new leather steering wheel wrap, new wood shift knob, new head lights, new tail lights, new drilled and slotted brake drums and non metallic pads, and more and more...

Here is where trouble comes into paradise.

The climate controls don't work, the sunroof doesn't open, the automatic transmission needs to be flushed and serviced (shifts hard), it just began idling high (around 1500-2000RPM), the reverse lights don't work, and the power review mirror doesn't work.

I have been diligent about oil change, air pressure, high quality fuel, and car washes. This car needs someone with more mechanical ability to fine tune the engine, or the funds to have someone else do it.

I can't afford to fix it up mechanically. Once someone does, they will have a real treasure. Take a look at the pictures and please ask if you have any questions.
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so whats the price? $ 500.00?
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Unfortunately it happens too often,instead of investing in maintenance and repairs the money goes too fancy rims and all kind of blink blink.
Then it is too late and you have to spend a fortune to make it run right
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price??

'93 300E 2.8, Green (205K...)
'07 Santa Fe SE, Natural khaki (95K..)
'04 S500 (122k..)
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'89 420SEL, Diamond Blue (154K..) Retired
'08 kawi 250R, Red (10K..) (Sold)
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Not to be devils advocate but, if all the Tranny needed to make it stop shifting hard was a flush .... wouldn't you have just spent the $50-$100 yourself on one and now have a perfect shifting tranny?
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Pefect donor chassis for my LS7 project....need Price can arrange shipping to South Florida.......cash today if price is right
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I can't believe I forgot to mention the price! Sorry about that. I am asking $4000.00 or best offer. That price is based on all of the money I've put into it in the last year. I am open to offers and am in a hurry to sell it.
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Hey Maxixe, I was told by my Mercedes mechanic that it was shifting harder than it should and that a transmission filter and flush would be smooth it out. No it is idling high until it warms up, but I have noticed that it shifts pretty smooth once it is warm.
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Ulflei, I did spend a lot beautifying the car, but while I was, it was running perfectly. It wasn't until after the cosmetic work was finished that the mechanical issues sprung up. I admit the mechanical side of these cars is not my forte, and I always pay a qualified mechanic to do my repairs. However, I can't afford a good mechanic right now, and I realize that a lot of people here are the opposite of me. If they could get a car that looks as nice as mine, keeping it running would be the easy part.
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What is the VIN...........


uhh never mind we are too far apart "A Fair Condition 420 SEL with EVERYTHING WORKING" is only worth

$ 1,300.00

I would hate to embarass you with me offer.....


Good Luck with the Sale!

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