Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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Change all the fluids--oil (and filter), coolant, brake, trans, windshield washer (not necessary really). Drain the gas tank and refill with a few gallons of fresh fuel. Drain the fuel system from the tank to the injectors. Charge the battery to full charge. Take out the spark plugs. Turn the engine over a few times to make sure it isn't seized. Some people say squirt a little Marvel Mystery Oil or some other top end lube into the cylinders. Put the plugs back in (replace them if they are discolored, sooted, or look other than good). Start the car. Put it in gear and drive SLOWLY around the block a few times until the engine and oil temperature are reading normal. Make sure the transmission shifts properly. Park the car. Let it sit for a couple of hours and look for leaks. If it leaks, fix the leaks. Gaskets and seals dry out with time.
If all this works well, drive your new car and enjoy it. My first MB was a W108 ('72 280 SEL 4.5). It was a great car.
That is my suggestion. There may be others who have other ideas.
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