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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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1976 W114 gas 280

I'm considering a 1976 280, gas. price is in the $2500.00 range, car definitely is in very very good condition. I'm going to go install a new battery and start it after sitting for a year.. hopefully test drive it. Last owner says that recollection of driving experience is that the brakes were getting mush towards the end.. shifting was 'sticky' in that he would have to let off the gas a little to get her to shift, in all gears, and when cold it would idle low/rough until warm.

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Cars that sit around not being used (and especially older mercs) suffer from failure of a lot of the rubber components....Fuel lines, injection parts, brake hoses etc, etc. Be prepared for this. If you are mechanically minded, thats ok, but if not, a car that has been driven daily for the last 10 years is better than one that has not been driven in 10 years.
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Mushy brakes can be old brake fluid or a failing main brake cylinder.
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That idle could be adjusted and may get better with regular driving.

Pending no major issues, $2500.00 is the max I would pay for it. Do you have a local mechanic that specializes in older model Mercedes? If so, it would be worth your money to have it checked out by a pro. $50-$100 could save you much, much more down the road.
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