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[B]I am looking at a '72 MB 250 for sale. It is a beautiful car, one owner, 93K miles (verified by records, and hasn't been stored for a long period of time), asking price $4,200. The a/c needs charging (which may mean a lot more than that?), but otherwise, the car is in excellent shape, inside and out---NO cracks in the leather, seats or dash. My question is about the engine: is the 250 a reliable one or trouble prone? I believe it is a carburetted engine; is that a problem? It seems like it's a little pricey, but I'm not knowledgable about that model. I'd appreciate any helpful advice you can give. Thanks
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The w114 Chassis will always be my favorite,,having owned just about every model including a 72 250C cabriolet that I hand built,I can tell you the weak points of teh car are
1. they rust fairly easily in the trunk/rockers-check it very good
2.the heads tend to crack easily when overheated
3.ignition points just plain suck-but can be replaced with electronic ignition from Crane or others
5. Carbs suck literally the bodies warp and cause air leaks which gives more headache and anyone should have-look to replace with Webers-they still offer the complete conversion kit
6.the Speedo/odo needs a rebuilt about every 7-8 years or so

these are things I have noticed with my many W114 I have owned--
By the way it should have Mercedes Benz Tex-which is a very tough vinyl that will outlast even the best leather-only W114 with Leather were special ordered when new and very expensive-95% that have a material that looks like leather is MB-TEX

The york compressor robs serious power when in use-but they do have better compressor available these days--all in all one of the best Mercedes Benz ever built in my opinion-from 1996-2002 my daily driver was some form of W114...I have had 2 coupes/5 sedans/2 Long Wheel base sedans/1 truck/1cabriolet-I built some cabriolets back in the late 90's...
Good luck

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