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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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good morning everyone, i hope i can get some help with this issue, i just purchased a 3.5, with 17000 original miles, the car is in pretty good condition, except that it needs a paint job and wood work.
Unfortunately i don't like the interior color (black), but im afraid to make any changes, that later on would affect the originality and selling price.
would you please give me an idea about a MB paint shop and cost in Los Angeles area, and what you think about changing some stuff, thanks
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 11:21 AM
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I can tell you right now, unless you bought the car for a song, you've lost money.

At 17K miles, unless the car has been sitting in the direct sun, it shouldn't need a paint job. If the car is not a metallic paint job you should be able to buff it out. Check with a local "high end" detailer for a price.

If you do indeed need a re-spray then figure $3000-$5000 for a "good" job. It could go up to $8K for a "premo" job. No, I'm not kidding. A proper job requires removing ALL the chrome, lights, trim and the front and rear windscreens which means you will need new rubber gaskets, moldings and misc. trim attachment pieces. The labor is the big cost.

There are places which specialize in the wood refinishing and I'd suggest using them. They aren't cheap.

Figure you'll have 7K into the car before you even tackle the interior.

If you are buying the car for YOU then what do you care if the interior is original? It's YOUR car, make it how you want it.
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If you change the color or have the car resprayed on the cheap, you will diminish its value dramatically. Mike is right about the buffing. Same thing for the interior. If it's in reasonably good condition, I'd leave it the original color to maintain the value of the car.

If it really has only 17k miles, I'd be changing fluids and buying all the rubber bits on the car right away. You'll have a fortune in replacing rot if you do it right.

W108s are one of my favorite "classic" Mercs. You've got a beautiful old girl. I hope you enjoy the ride!

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I have a 1972 280 SEL 4.5 that sat unused from 1991 to 2005. Yes it had 24 k Miles (documented) but letting the car sit for 14 years made it a disaster. Had reline the gas tank, change fuel pump, fuel lines, injector lines, brake lines, etc. Anything that had rubber in it had to be changed to make road safe.

You probably have to go through the same and make sure it is road worthy before worrying about the interior or the exterior.

/8s are wonderful cars, good luck with yours.

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Unless you have receipts to verify the odo, I'd be warry about the 17,000 "original" miles. The Odometers of those older cars turned over at 99,999 miles.
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My memory may be fuzzy, Grub, but I remember my '72 W108 having a million mile odometer. I bought it right at 100k and I THINK I remember it turning over. I sold it with 145k on it. If you're sure, then you're right, because I'm saying what I think, not what I know.

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I'm positive, Dr J. The million mile odos didn't come in until much later ... My own 108 has something like 30k on the odo, but I think it's rolled over a couple, if not three times (based on records)
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Thanks for correcting my memory.

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