Date registered: Feb 2010
Vehicle: 1972 280SEL daily driver. 904 Dark Blue with cognac interior. euro 4.5 engine
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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As a fellow '72 280SEL 4.5 owner, I am biased. I love my car. That said:
The timing chain noise means youlikely need a new chain, guides, and tensioner. Not super expensive if you are mechanically capable and willing to do it yourself (few hundred $$). If you are not that mechanically inclined, it is a lot of money at the shop and in general, this may not be the car for you.
Are you sure it has 95k miles and not 195k or 295k? My car was advertised as mileage unknown, but after reconstructing history from receipts found throughout the car, I think mine has about 350k on her.
A 72 280SEL should not have air suspension. It should have springs and shocks. The air suspension was on the 300SEL of that year.
Rust is a big issue with these cars. Don't fool yourself into thinking there is no major rust without thorough examination. I ended up replacing the bottom 4" of all four doors and the front fenders on mine, but it had "very little" rust in it.
These cars are very prone to rust in the fender behind the front whell, underside of the doors, in the rocker panels, and in the trunk.
Rubber door seals are almost impossible to find because it is a long wheelbase car. If you can find them (and if you need them) they are about $175 per door.
I would do it all over again, but then I love working on cars. If you get it, expect to get a lot of attention.