Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1968 250S, 1991 300se, 1998 SL500, 2x 1977 450SEL 6.9. Past MB's; 300SD, 300E, 300TE, 190E, ML420
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I do realize that the M100 board does have good info. It does take some time digging to get to. The W116 to me seems to have more hands on how to fix things though.
OT from the original intent of the thread, but I always wonder if we arent our own worst enemies when it comes to recommending restoring them. The often versed "nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes" is most certainly true for most mundane high production cars, but when narrowed down to cars like the 300SEL 6.3, 450SEL 6.9 and then into 230/280SL's I wonder of it's complete validity. Plenty of people spend big $ restoring pagoda's. Do they ever get more than they spent?
Certainly a car with a higher potential value is worth spending more money on. And I dont think most of us are trying to make money in the short term with them. We know it is a hobby. Maybe by the time we die the car will be worth something.
We all know the pointlessness of fixing up a rust bucket, bad interior, needs engine work car.
Reading over at M100 I saw a lot of people trying to help other fix their cars and virtually no "dont do it's" including one in south america that had been underwater, had the dash changed, the hydraulic suspension removed. Everyone offered hope to the person. I think most thought what a waste, but didnt say that.
Now I've been around long enough to know what I'm getting myself into. I've read the warnings. Assuming I check the car out and find that it is in basic good shape concerning body and interior, I am prepared to spend another $3-5K over the first 2 years just to get it running. I'm sure some will say that is low. maybe they are right, or maybe not??? Even if I spend $15K total in 5 years, the car would probably be worth somewhere near that.
This is a car that needs it's suspension fixed every 5 years anyway, so if it needs to be fixed to get running what is the difference? Are K-JEts that hard to figure out? It's the same system on W126, R107 and many other platforms. The M-100 is suppose to be a bullet proof engine. Just got to tune the darn thing. Assuming not bad rust, fixing a few spot is no big deal.
So maybe I am delusional, but I think recommending scrapping 80% of the 6.9's ever built must be a conspiracy plan of those that do have good cars already as way of increasing their value. (sarcasm mode on)
Anyway I do appreciate your comments either way. Just trying to sort it out.
Last edited by rumb; 03-17-2015 at 02:39 PM.