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Thinking of buying a W108/9... Help?

Alrighty... So I'm working overseas now, but have the cash and resources to buy and keep a car in Australia for my return. I'm due back (for good) in around 6 months, and have fallen in love with W108s and W109s...

Initially, I had my heart set on a 6.3, but pragmatism set in, and I realised that I really won't get to use the car for what it was designed for, and commuting in inner-Melbourne is a waste...

So I'm looking at a 2.8, or a 3.5. I'd love a 3.5, but would be more than happy with a 2.8. I'm thinking a 108 is probably more sensible - they still ride well (from memory) and given my urbane lifestyle, I think steel is probably a more sensible choice than bags.

I'd ideally like to buy a very good, or near-perfect car, spend some money in getting it absolutely perfect, and have it waiting for me on return...

I just want some general thoughts - what I should be looking out for (i.e. most importantly, no rust), what's the pick of the bunch to buy, etc... For those in Australia - what should I spend? Does anyone know of anything really good for sale?

I'd love a silver, grey, or white car with leather, but it seems much of the leather is a bit tired these days.

I've got good, well-priced access to upholsterers, painters and mechanics, so I don't mind overhauling maybe one aspect. But I don't really want to undertake a project car.

All advice appreciated!

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If you're looking for a driver, I'll agree with your decision -- a w108 6-cylinder is a fine and practical choice. Trouble spots include the rear hydropneumatic compensator, front kingpins, and the heater lever assembly. Levers and cables can be replaced, but make sure the assembly is sound. The other issues I mentioned also have solutions, but bad kingpins will hurt you where it hurts most -- right in your wallet.

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