Date registered: Mar 2009
Vehicle: 1976 Mercedes-Benz 230, 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280E
Location: Tatesville, PA
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As an owner of a 230, I'll add my two cents. If you're still considering buying that car, I would say you should definitely give it a thorough going over, but I'd be inclined to say go for it if the price is right. Like they said, check for rust, that will probably be the biggest problem. If the windshield and trunk seals have gone bad then there will definitely be rust in the floors, trunk, and and quarter panels. Rust in the floor pans is the hardest to find because it is usually hidden by the undercoating and the rubber sound insulation. Even if it is rusty, depending on your situation it's not that big of a deal. I was lucky enough to have a neighbor who let me use his garage and his welder and I bought scrap sheet metal from a local truck repair shop. As far as I can tell, that car is a federal model, which doesn't have all of the extra emissions junk that the California models (like mine) have. It appears to be pretty well complete, it has the cold air intake which alot of them seem to be missing and the original radio, which I would definitely keep with the car they're very hard to get for a good price, I was lucky to find a working one in a junk yard. As far as the carburetor goes, I would say try to rebuild it. Despite what some people say, Stromberg carbs are not that hard to work on, at least as long as you have a good manual to guide you. The best thing you could possibly do if the bought the car, would be to invest in a set of shop manuals, a 114/115 body chassis and an M115 engine manual. Of course if you can't get the manuals you can always ask us about any problems you have.