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So...Where Is The Best Place To Buy????

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I have been looking at different places, including CL for a late 80's/90's MB 420 SEL???

I saw one comment that CL is not a good place to find a potential vehicle?

My best rule is to try to find a lower mileage, well kept car, (little Ol Lady from Pasadena???)

But....Where is the best place to do it???
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Found my 87 in NJ. They were talked down to 2,600 but 2 buyers backed out over an oil leak. I snuck in for 900. Guess what. No leaks.
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Found my 87 in NJ. They were talked down to 2,600 but 2 buyers backed out over an oil leak. I snuck in for 900. Guess what. No leaks.
NJ not NO
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So you DID buy off of CL????
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So you DID buy off of CL????
Yes. I wasn't hunting this car but it fell into my lap. I've browsed my area over the last year and some other quality 300's, 420's and 560's usually show up.
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Thanks!

So what denotes "quality"?

Low miles???

Everyone says look for proof of past service....

But, not all owners are that detail, and/or do the sevice themselves??? (or not!)
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So what denotes "quality"?

Low miles???

Everyone says look for proof of past service....

But, not all owners are that detail, and/or do the sevice themselves??? (or not!)
Well I was fortunate enough that the owner kept 30 years of records and receipts in a binder. It's like a Steven king novel.

Miles are a start but high miles don't scare me with these cars. Motor trans timing chain and suspension I think are key but the rest is cake.
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Craigslist is great in that it has the "anyone could post an ad" mantra - I have made several nice finds thanks to CL.
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I have been looking at different places, including CL for a late 80's/90's MB 420 SEL???
Send a PM to magicbigdaddy. He is well known here for having top notch cars at a decent price and a very honest seller. He recently (I think last week?) had a mint 420SEL on EBay, it wasn't his, he was selling it for somebody, but the car was a dream.
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