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1986 560SEL - Price drop and video


1986 560SEL
Diamond Blue / Silver
~140K miles
Located in Northern NJ

I bought this car as a replacement for my Euro W124 300D that I sold recently. I have always loved the W126 560s and was looking for a rust free example which I could not find in the North East. So I bought this one in Florida and drove it back up. I intended to keep this car for a long time but got bit by the V8 W124 bug. If I had the space / money, I would keep it, but I can't justify having 6 cars. It does need some work (listed below), but a lot of the big ticket stuff - including the timing chain and AC work - was done recently. I made it back from Florida without issue and would drive this car anywhere as it is right now without hesitation. In fact, I've been using it as a daily driver for the past 3 months without issue. It just sucks up highway miles effortlessly.

Maintenance / Repairs in the last 30k miles

Over $11K in receipts!

Front pads, rotors, and wear sensors
Rear brake hoses
Rear brake caliper
Air filter
Timing chain and tensioner (115K miles)
Valve cover gaskets
A/C compressor, drier, and switch
A/C condensor flushed
A/C idler pulley
Trans mount
Shifter bushings
Motor mounts
Lower ball joints
Steering damper
Guide rod bushings
Front struts
Rear suspension control valve
Fuel pump relay
Headlight surrounds

I just replaced the tires with General Ultimaxes.

I have all receipts from the PO.

The Good

Like all properly running 560s, the car is rocket at highway speeds (see YouTube video below). Torque and power are right on the money and 70 - 110MPH bursts are impressive with plenty more top end if you have the courage. It has way more torque at useable RPMs than my W124 E420. It starts and runs great, any weather, all temperatures (I drove the car back from Florida, where temperatures were 80+ to New Jersey where temps have fallen to 15 degrees). The idle is smooth and the valve train sounds quiet - no tapping.

Parts of the exterior were resprayed to a good standard, roof paint is original. Chrome is very good to excellent and there is NO VISIBLE RUST including underneath which is still has the factory undercoating. The Gen II body cladding is in excellent condition with no visible scratches / dents.

The dash is ALMOST crack free with two small cracks visible by the front speakers. ALL seat leather - including driver's side bolster - is in excellent condition with no rips or cracks. The headliner is unmarked and not falling.

Almost everything works, including the reclining rear seats and ALL FOUR seat heaters. Power windows, sunroof, seat adjustments, gauges are all in good working order.

The Not So Good

- Power steering is leaking
- Radiator is leaking coolant
- Hydraulic accumulators for rear self leveling are shot
- The starter doesn't always engage on the first try but the car never fails to start
- The inside driver's door skin suffered some sort of break-in attempt (not in my ownership)
- Vacuum locks aren't working
- The vacuum modulator for the transmission will need adjustment, shifting seems funky at times
- Some front end shimmy at highway speeds. One of the wheels is probably out of balance.

The odometer is currently inoperative, but I have all records from the PO documenting the date / mileage back April 2010. So I am estimating 140K miles which should be within 5K - give or take - of the actual mileage.

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e28m5 at comcast dot net



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Price drop - $3400.

Here is the in-car video test drive... skip to 3:30 to see 3/4 throttle acceleration onto highway:

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