w108,107 Parts Hoarder
Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500sl92 GONE:280sl79 4xW114/5 3x450sl72-3 280slc4sp81 280s69 73,81SLCs
Location: Philadelphia Area
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Is there also a hypothetical
"Murphy's Law"? In general, the more experienced buyers are better at making decisions like this.
I think the strange scenario we are dealing with is:
- generally lovers of w115 or w123 diesels are owners of those cars that have some experience with them.
- you seem to be a lover of impossible-to-find cars, and don't fall into the category above. We all hope that you still love them after you own one.
- it's really rare to be able to come out on top after fixing a busted up car. Generally there is something additional broken, and not having the experience, I doubt you even know what to look for.
So Murphy's law is a big factor.
People "in the know" are much more likely to be able to quickly swoop in a snatch up a good deal, even when they aren't seeking one. Most likely, by the time you figure out whether it is a good deal or not, someone more knowledgable would have scooped it up if it was a steal.
What you've got on your side is a big wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket. Hopefully a little knowledge, luck, and help of the forum will get you a good one. Personally, I think your best bet is buying a more expensive example (that not many people like you are seeking) and hopefully not getting burnt.
My dream car is a classic sporty five speed (stick+overdrive) convertible that seats five. If, you want 70's-80's Mercedes tuner wheels, let me know.