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Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2007 ML320CDI, 1959 220SE, 1971 280SL, 1982 380SL
Location: Clovis, CA
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Keep in Mind. You are in California. Land of smog check insanity. Stay away from the grey market 280Sl and 500SL or you will find yourself in a swirling nightmare with the smog police. 560SL has the most value, but there is nothing wrong with a 380SL and it does get noticably better fuel milage. You have heard of the timing chain issue? If you get a 380, you really want one with a dual row timing chain and many have been converted over the years. It is easy to check for with a small inspection mirror and flashlight through the right valve cover oil filler cap. Also check that the subframe has the updated reinforcement plates installed.
No matter which one you get, including the 560, age on the plastic timing chain guides is as much of an issue as is miles. Figure on changing the guides at a minimum without recent work reciepts on them