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Hi Everyone,

My neighbor has a '72 280SE 4.5 in Silver/Grey (180) and Red Leather Interior (242). It was purchased by them in '79 and was used in the 80's off and on as a very occasional driver until 1989, when one day, the car started up but would not move. They suspected it was a frozen wheel bearing from the car sitting so much.

Having a 3-car garage, they never attended to it and the car has been sitting in that same place ever since. The body is in good condition without any rust and the interior just needs a good cleaning.

They put it on CraigsList and the only offer they had was for 500 bucks for someone to tow it away. This seems like a real shame.. especially to me as this was the FIRST Mercedes I ever rode in. I can't afford to take on another older car (I have an 87 560SL) but was wondering if you think it would be worth it to have it towed to a Benz shop, have the fluids flushed, frozen bearings replaced and turn around and sell it? Think it could bring a profit?

I really would like to save it from being pulled apart. Thanks for your advice.
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Can you post pics? And yes, for my $.02, a couple hundred bucks and some work can resurrect this car ...
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I can try to get some pics. Stay tuned.
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you should do it. even if it costg you 5-6 hundred to put her on the street, someone will get to enjoy a timeless classic
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ery old car that I have tried to reawaken after a period of dormancy has cost me about $4000 to get back on the road and running reliably. The fuel system will likely be unhappy, and is probably gummed up with gunk. The tank will need draining, cleaning out and maybe sealing. All the suspension rubbers will need changing. The brakes will likely be siezed and require rebuild. Don't forget to put new brake hoses on. These motors also often have problems with the fuel hoses around the injectors perishing, which can then squirt fuel onto hot engine parts, causing fires.

So yes, you may be able to get it running rough for $500 or so but it will by no means ready to be a daily driver.
Good luck, these old cars deserve a loving home. 108's with no rust are a rarity.
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Ok, will share the information with the owners.. at least if they could get it going for 500-1000 maybe they could at least get more for it and the person would have the intention to fix it up vs. part out. I have been asking for pics, will post when / if I get.

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