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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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A 280 SEL is a much more expensive car to fix than to buy. As others said, avoid cars with rust. Avoid cars that need a new interior. Avoid cars that need new paint. Any one of these could exceed the cost of buying a good driver. After that the things to look for that are expensive: AC - does it work? If not, add $1500 to get it to work. (That's a guess, it may be much less, it may be more). Fuel Injection: Have the car tested running with an exhaust gas analyzer. If the car seems to be running rich, the car may need the fuel injection pump rebuilt. $1500 for the rebuild plus the labor to take it out and install it again.
It is _MUCH_ better to buy a $4000 car that doesn't have rust, has a good injection pump and drivetrain, and good interior than to "get a deal" on a car that has some rust for $2000.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...