Date registered: Mar 2012
Vehicle: 2005 c230 Sport Sedan
Location: SF Bay Area, California
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Sounds like a great barn find.
For Mercedes especially it does not surprise me to find gems like this that were purchased by the elderly, garaged for most of their life and driven very few miles.
I had spent some time a couple of years back looking for a w123 for my son's first car ... I wanted to start him out with something classic but relatively inexpensive. A nice early 80's 300TD would have been great. In looking for the car we ran across a few w124s, but I was told to beware as they were Mercedes' first experience with aluminum engine blocks and the engines had a tendency to develop oil leak problems.
That, and the age of the car may warrant combing through it to look for rubber that needs replacing.
I also don't know if the w124 still has the extensive vacuum system -- that may need some refreshing.
Otherwise, a combination of great body, interior and low miles is something that is hard to beat.