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Am considering buying an 82 380 SEC for 6500 USD. I have never owned a MB before and do not know much of maintaining this vehicle. Car is immaculate outside but needs some interior work. DO NOT have service history unfortunately and car has been through multiple owners. I am hoping to get some feedback on the reputation of this vehicle and some possible pointers to look out for while test driving the car. Am a bit of a novice here so would appreciate any and all feedback that can be provided.

Additionally would like some feedback on how, where and how much an interior referb would be accomplished. Car needs new headliner, new armrest and new bucket seats.

Many thanks in advance for all responses!!!!
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That’s way too much for the car. Has the single row timing chain been converted? For that money you can find a very good condition 560 SEC.

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Thanks for the note!! Car has 118k miles on it...not sure of the chain though?? If this is changed does this make value of car appropriate for price tag?? Also, I will ask seller for service repairs and post what has been done to vehicle. What other major repairs can be expected of a car this age?

What price do you think this car can warent.....I want this type of style MB but will not overpay!!
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RE: NEED OPINION...PLEASE READ!!!!

I think about 3500 would be about right for a car like the one you are describing.
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Look for front-end suspension work, worn bushings and other rubber parts in the chassis and drive train mounts, and engine valve train wear. If the owner does not know or if the timing chain conversion was not done, I’d walk away. The second generation 126 coupes, like there sedan counterparts, (1986 to 1991) are more modern and have more options than the first generation coupes like the 380 you’re considering. Now I have no problem with the first generation cars, I have one myself, but if you can spend that kind of money you should get familiar with the 560. If you prefer the older coupe – and I would understand why – then consider the 500 SEC, which will be more powerful and not have the timing chain issue.


BTW, you’ve posted in the wrong forum: the 126 is not considered “vintage� so the forum host will be moving this thread to the 126 forum soon. I suggest you spend some time reading through the threads in that forum to get familiar with the 126.


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Clearly just an opinion, with a little experience

I own a 380sl with the single-row chain. Bought it from the original owner with 70k miles. Here is what I have learned over the past couple of years.

First thing I did was change the chain (also single row). I am absolutely convinced that it is not necessary to switch to a double chain if you do your maintenance (and I keep my fingers crossed). At 118k on the original (or unknown) timing chain, single or double, you must change it. The plastic guides on any 20 year old engine are brittle. If they break, your engine will buy the farm.

Assuming you did it my way, you are out at least $1200 (once you are in there, change the sprockets and all the guides) before you even drive the car. If you want to convert to a double chain, MB will not do it for you, you are at the mercy of independents, and my guess is it will be over $3000, probably closer to $4000.

Regarding the interior; the parts are the second most expensive things on an old MB, and hard to find. An example is visors at over $150 a pop, and I bet yours are flopping; can't be fixed.

In my opinion, the net/net is to buy the best you can afford with the best records. There is no such thing as an inexpensive Mercedes, but there are many cheap ones. While an SEC is about the most beautiful car MB ever made, I would get the best one out there, and it would be a 560 (or better yet, a 500 euro).

Good luck.

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