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W109 300 SEL 4,5l
Newby to both the forum and the world of Mercedes w108/w109 models. I am familiar with w115 and w123. So, any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't have possibility to inspect the car (I am in EU). The car was meant to be very close to daily driver car.
I was looking longer time to buy either W109 (300SEL) or some of the W108 (280SEL, 280SE, 250SE) models. I know that the w109 might be very expensive to maintain due to air suspension issues. I have found an w109 300SEL 72 mod. 4,5l. It is not in perfect condition, 34k miles partly documented (I don't believe, I guess it is rather 134k). Paint looks good on pictures, score 6 (of 10, where 10 is best), no rust, it needs repaint, interior is 10. All mechanical is OK. Air suspension holds for 2 weeks (when car is not in operation), air valves are rebuild according to seller. Price for the car 10-12K USD (e bay). To get it 100% perfect the following needs to be done (input from the most honest seller I have seen on ebay so far):
-glass out bare metal respray, two tone, fill sidemarkers, retrofit to Euro headlights and euro rear bumper, new door and window rubber gaskets
-detail engine bay, cad plating
-retrofit AC to r143 , new hoses, and o rings,new rec/drier & new sanden compressor
-new bilstein shocks
-new subframe mounts
-new motor, trans mounts,new kingpins, suspension bushings F&R
-powder coat air cleaner
--new rotors F&R
-powder coat exhaust manifolds,+ new gaskets
-new michelin tires
-detail underside, check centerbearing, new cad plating on linkages, calipers
-AC is holding a charge but no guarantees, hoses are o rings all original and 40 years old.
So my questions are:
1) Is the car worth the price? What is the real price of such car in the similar condition?
2) Has anybody any idea of the price I would need to pay to fix above listed issues?
3) Is W108, 280SEL, 280SE, 250SE better solution regarding maintenance cost?
Reading through the similar subjects on this and other forums I have concluded that the e-bay MB cars can from time to time be overpriced? Are you of same opinion? So if some of you know anybody who could sell an W108 250SE / 280SE / W109 4,5 / and even W116 300SD and 280 SE it just to suggest here.
Thanks in advance
Last edited by MB oldtimer; 03-20-2012 at 03:00 PM.