So I have owned many W124ís over the years & currently have a 300E-24 that I restored and an ongoing E36 w124 build as detailed on here.
But I have always hankered after a V8 500E / E500 & I recently made the fatal mistake of going to look at one. The first car I viewed had way too many issues but the seed was planted- I HAD to get me an E500!
I found a great original car in Birmingham. The owner was a gentleman- vey honest about the car and happy to discuss the car with me. A very fair price was agreed on the car so I could not pass it up. I took a plane over & drove the car to a Ferry in Wales- taking me to Dublin port. Only yesterday actually is when I got the car home.
Anyway- pics attached of the car taken today and letís get to it;
This car was originally delivered to the German Market where it lived for a couple of years. Then it was shipped to California for approx 10 years before coming to the UK with the same owner I have bought it from now. It has full service history and lots of history including all service invoices from Germany & CA- until current day. It also had an upgrade to full E60 suspension when it was in CA and those alloys added after- but I will get some 500E limited EVO 17ís for it if I can find a good set. The wheels are growing on me though so I will wait & see- anyone who views the car loves the wheels on it
It has 124k miles on it backed up by the extensive service & MOT records even dating back to itís german origins. and despite the obvious (to me) sign of eco junk- it purrs like a kitten. The power is incredible. On the way home I gave it full throttle kickdown whilst driving along at 45mph on a dry (But very slightly damp in places) road and it instantly smoked the rear tires until I let off again!
It drives fantastically well. Smooth fast car- lots of effortless power. Rock steady smooth idle- trans is great too crisp well timed shifts and going through the shifter from D to R etc is fast hot & cold trans.
Interior is immaculate- all original including the stereo. Seats are like new & all power / heating functions work. (Except the headrest- I can hear the motor buz but no moving) I have fitted a discrete looking Sony USB unit today but kept the original stereo for safe keeping and also used a wiring harness adapter so the original stereo will simply plug right back in if & when I want to.
It's very well presented in a Metallic charcoal grey colour. I can tell the car has been resprayed I would say within the last 5 years or so. I will get my usual painter to colour sand & machine buff the car in the near future to make it totally perfect. Currently some minor orange peel is showing in places like the car wasn't colour sanded at all after the respray.
Tyres all are in great condition & matching.
Brakes are strong and responsive- no problems there.
The bad- these are the issues I will be addressing over the coming months. The purchase price worked for me & the vendor in light of these issues. I have a few £K to play with the make the car perfect as it should be. It's already a fantastic car & most people would happily drive it as it is. But it is my dream car essentially so only perfection will do! When these issues are dealt with this car is easily worth £16-20k+ in our market.... but I will not be selling the car- itís a keeper for me.
The car has a degrading wiring harness (See pics) I tried to read the white sticker on the ETA- can't read nada. Presumed ECO Junk also. I will order a new Engine harness from MB on Tuesday and re-visit the ETA when I have the engine stripped down for the replacement harness. I may well re-wire the ETA like I did recently for my C36 Motor. Also to that end- the Cruise control does not function either.
Some bits of trim here & there are loose so I will get new clips and fix these as I go along.
The key won't work on the driver's door- stuck. I freed it up but it will only turn the unlock direction. I have bought a full Cat 1 alarm like I used on my 300E-24. I will fit that to the car & the fob will then operate the central locking. (+ the obvious advantage of a Category 1 alarm / dual immobilizer)
It had some electrical gremlins inside- this morning I replaced all the corroded fuses with copper ceramic flosser ones- most issues now fixed. Except the interior dash illumination is dead. I will tonight adjust the dimmer on the cluster to see if it will flicker them on. Otherwise the power is lost somewhere I will have to start further diagnosing the problem.
The car runs too cool- about 60 degrees. Thermostat is to blame- new one ordered along with a coolant cap and the correct Zerox coolant for preventative maintenance when I am in there.
The power aerial is stuck out and not functioning. New one ordered also
Car is de-badged- new E500 one ordered from MB
The LHM fluid is very low- I will get the correct fluid- top it up & monitor.
The ABS / ASR lights are on constant. (The battery was hooked off the car by the vendor during storage as a side note) However- I believe the degrading engine harness may be the issue for the lights on. I will replace it first and go from there. I did check the battery voltages today- battery 12.68v with the car off & 14.37v at idle.
I will have the car on a 2 post lift tomorrow or Tuesday so I will get a proper look and see what condition the underside is in. I do hear a soft knock occasionally from the back end- maybe a bad drop link.
It was serviced 6 months ago but I will be giving it a full mega service soon with the trans fluid / diff etc included. (All Fuchs Titan recommend brews- Redline is not commonly available here in Ireland)