Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: '87 570SEC (FrankenBenz) '87 560SEL (Lisa), '87 560SEC (Bling)
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I have 264K on my '87 560SEL and it is a *marvelous* car. But...it takes some work to keep it that way. The most common problem I've found on my '87 560SEL and '87 560SEC is old, hard o-rings. MB's o-rings around the engine get hard and don't seal any more. This week I put a new o-ring into the back plate of the power steering pump. I've rebuild numerous leaky SLS hydraulic pumps and both my 560's have rebuilt tranny's because - you guessed it - hard non-sealing o-rings. The other common problem is capacitors in the electronics that don't like the heat or long time (25 years). Cruise control amp and clock come to mind. Other than the tranny's, these are DIY jobs. I put 13 new o-rings into the AC system on the SEC and it's well sealed now, and cools rather well. Just did some work on the SEL's AC and it's cooling fine now too (FYI - Las Vegas summers are brutal!!).
The problems exist as these are now older cars. But... parts exist, Pick-A-Part salvage yards are your friend, and this forum can answer ANYTHING about these cars. If it's a clean car with a good paint job and no rust, get it.
Suggestion = change your profile from "USA" to something closer to home. Folks here will help and if you're close, might just wander over with "that special tool" you need to make the job simple. Or (in my case) wander over to BS about the cars and get free beer. :-)
US '87 560SEC with Euro headlights, clear markers, H&Rs, 18x8.5, ATE slotted rotors with semi-metallics, BergWerks FGS, 3.07 Limited Slip.
In progress - FrankenBenz SEC: GM LS6 5.7L engine with custom 4L60E 4-spd overdrive transmission, GM rack and pinion.
One of my goals with the FrankenBenz is to scare women and children, and to have Lexus drivers spill their latte.