167k Orig miles
I bought the car in 2009 and it's been one of my daily drivers. It was in excellent shape when I bought it and I've kept up with all the maintenance, most of the work I've had done were improvements and upgrades. I've restored 9 MB's over the last 10 years and do minor work myself, my buddy is a McLaren certified MB mechanic so I have him do anything major on my projects. This was my baby for a long time and I'm only selling it to make some room as I now have a SL65 and a C43 with an E55 engine
, which I've decided are going to be my keepers. The 500E looks and runs excellent and is completely stock except for what I will list below; the only thing that is not working is the automatic rear window shade, the shade motor works and will go down but not back up; there is a small plastic strip inside the motor that is really tough to find. All the lights, power windows, heated seats work, sunroof has no leaks. Interior is in good shape, a tear and some wear on the drivers seat...I would give the interior a B+ other than the tear. Engine runs strong, no smoke, no oil leaks, plenty of power. Suspension, steering is nice and tight, tires have about 5k miles on them since new, very good highway car.
Brakes - Replaced with bigger Silver Arrow brake system from a 2001 R129 SL. Car stops amazingly. The original stock brakes come with the car.
Rims - AMG 3pc Rims - The rims were professionally and completely restored by Wheel Collision Center in PA who I highly recommend..restoration cost of the rims was $1200. The rears are 275/40ZR17 about 12"wide, IMO they fill out the 500E's wide wheel wells nicely. The original rims come with the car (two sets of rims and tires come with the car) - The stock rims are the very rare 5 spoke option, see pic. Car is a bit quicker with the stock rims but the AMG's look sooooo good, your choice what to drive on.
Muffler is not stock - Exhaust system, resonator is stock. The muffler is pretty much a hollow compartment so it has a nice mild growl.
Major AC overhaul - Removing the dash is not fun so along with the condenser and vacuum elements we replaced every part inside the dash that could possibly go bad. AC is ice cold.
Console wood - has been professionally refinished.
Brakes, plugs, fuel filter, battery, tensioner belt, synthetic oil and all the usual stuff needed at checkups. Car has always been maintained.
Needs - things I would replace next.
Part for rear window shade motor.
Plastic around headlights is getting old looking (see pics).
Paint is not perfect but not bad, some nicks. On 1-10, I'd give it an 8 (see pics). The clear coat on the roof was fading so it's been wrapped.
Tear in drivers Ricaro seat.
This is the nicest 500E driver I've seen and I don't fore see any major issues in the near future. It's been a great car without many headaches and would feel comfortable driving this car across the country or anywhere. I've brought it about to about 95% restoration and would like to see someone take it the extra 5% with the things listed above. Any questions, feel free to contact me. First $15k takes it!
Dennis - 352-792-4097