Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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My first MB was that very car. It was nearly unbreakable. You'll be surprised how well it will clean up and get back on the road.
I suggest you take all the steps you can to not further whatever damage sitting 5 years has already done by trying to start it before you get all the fluids renewed. You sound like you know what you're doing, so you'll get it right.
Welcome to the forum and welcome to MB ownership.
BTW, this must be "let's get a W108 running" week--there are two other posts from folks who are trying to start cars that have been sitting for years. Your car is a W108 chassis; Mercedes refers to all their vehicles by a chassis, and springs the model off that. The W108 came as a 250 280 and 280 4.5 in short and long wheel bases, and in carbureted and fuel injected versions. There may be more variations than that, but those are the ones that come to mind.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck
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