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#1 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 03:31 PM
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So I came across a 560SEL with 250k original miles, but has had 6k in work done to the engine. Timing chains, valve job, head gaskets. All with paperwork showing work that has been done. Wants 6500 for this 1988 car.

Not sure if worth it but thia is the post

" 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL*One of the top cars of its day. CLASSIC 4 door , Black exterior, black interior, excellent shape,Sky roof all the bells and whistlesNew trim and golden rim trim all new ...Spent over $6000 over the last few years restoring engine , etc,Call me if your interested, I have all the records of work done..*Runs great...Will respond to calls only.... no on line solicitations"

I talked on the phone and he says mechanic who did the work was a retired mercedes mechanic which Is now passed away. And the car dash just has a few cracks in which he has someone that he can have take them out and get the car repainted to perfection with original decals. But after he does that he will be selling it for around 10-12k.

So I guess my question is.. what mileages do you 560sel se sec owner have your mileage at and have any of you bought a car with that kind of mileage before and had many problems?
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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. :-)

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I have 264K on my '87 560SEL and it is a *marvelous* car.
What mileage was this car when you obtained it?
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I got it ten years ago with about 135K on it. At that time, the front suspension was terrible and the AC didn't work. Fixed them both.

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210k on my 560 and I've recently had the top end/timing bits r/r ed. It then dynod to factory hp specs and runs like a top. $6k seems steep to me though. No matter how much the PO has put into it, your still going to have some initial repairs that can add up fast. I've had mine for almost 3 years now, bought for $2700 with 180k on it and am sitting close to $5000 into parts and labor for various items including the aforementioned tranny. Look closely at the suspension and expect a lot of rubber bits to be up for replacement.

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I'd pay the guy $3500 and be done with it, I don't see him getting close to $6500 in the future... Maybe $5500 if the car is mint (Doubt it is).


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Yea your right. I lnow I'm real anxious to get a 560 but I'm goin to try and wait for a 560SEL with a lower mileage. More around 100k if I can and better pricing.
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That middle one seams like what od go for. Kinda far away though. I want black on black for sure. Thats what I'm looking for. What is he referring to as far as rear accumulator goes? The rear window is probably juat that white clip broken. And the egr may just need to be replaced.
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