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Hi, first time posting. I've learned a lot reading a variety of threads on this forum. I've owned 6 MBs since 1981 and now I have an opportunity to pick up a 1995 SL600 from a family member. All I have to do is drive 1500 miles one way to get it. He's had it for about 15 years or so. It has about 110K. The motor runs good, but the suspension has leaked out all of the hyd fluid and it's sitting almost on the tires. He said he can back it out of the garage, but can't really turn the wheels. He will be donating it if I don't go get it. He is not the mechanical type and just wants to get rid of it. I believe it is in pretty good shape as far as paint and interior go. I'm aware of the wiring harness issue. Just not sure if its worth the effort to get it back on the road. I'm guessing the hydraulic actuators for the soft top will need to be replaced also. I hate to see such a fine car get away, but concerned if it will be a money pit. I'm estimating $1500 to retrieve it (trailer it home), $800 for new accumulators, $600 for rebuilt roof actuators and who knows how much to fix the suspension. I can do the wrenching on the accumulators and roof actuators. Not sure about the suspension, but I think I can. I'm sure it will need new tires also. My plan would be to take some fluid and see if it will pump up so I can drive it on a trailer. If not, I'll have to build some ramps to get it up there. Any thoughts? Thanks
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Id go pick it up if I was you and its not in such a state.


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Just go pick it up! Your cost will be picking it up only.
It's a free car, no matter how you look at it, it's still a good investment.

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Your cost for an SL600 is going to be $1500...... where could you ever buy one for that ??? Hell just the title and tags are probably worth that to a chop shop !!! OK, so you are going to have to fix up your $1500 SL. You were going to have to do that to one selling for double or more of that price !!!

Here's the deal. It is costing you $1500 to OWN IT. Everything else you spend on it you can do at your leisure. Rent a storage unit if you don't want to deal with it now. The value of that car is going no where but UP !!!!

If you don't want it, please send your relative my email and let him/her know that I'd pay them MONEY along with getting it out of there !!!
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I haven’t shipped in a while, but $1500 sounds pretty high.
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Don't know if this will help you decide, but I recently purchased a 1999 SL600 for $1000. It has 81,000 miles and was a theft recovery. I need to replace the ignition (all of it), get new keys, repair the front bumper, driver's seat and left headlight. I can't get to it right away, so it is in line behind a few other projects, but it's something I couldn't pass up. When I purchased the car, it came with equity. It's kind of like buying a house under market price. You absolutely cannot go wrong. There's probably $5000 worth of parts on it if nothing else. In addition to the instant equity of the purchase, it will appreciate just sitting there.

But, ultimately it's your decision.

Good luck,

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I haven’t shipped in a while, but $1500 sounds pretty high.
I just moved two from the east coast into the midwest and got nailed about $.80 a mile each for two that ran and drove. Most other quotes I got were in the $1.00 a mile range and way more.
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Are you going to trailer it home, or have someone ship it? It makes a HUGE difference in cost!

Either way, the drooping suspension is a real problem for getting it on a trailer. Someone, if not you will have to get really creative with extra ramps to get it loaded. A shipper is going to charge you more because it doesn't run and drive.

Just sayin...
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Thanks guys for all of the comments. It does seem like a no-brainer to go get it. My estimate of $1500 is my cost to drive my truck to go get it, hotel rooms, etc, rent a Uhaul car hauler and bring it home. Getting it on the trailer will take some time and ingenuity. I wouldn't consider a shipping company due to the situation. The good thing is that I have the time to take to do it right. I have a place to stay while we figure it out. If I'm lucky, we might be able to get it to raise up by adding fluid. Even if only for a short time. The car sat every year for about 6 months during the winter months, so no telling how long it took to fall. He doesn't know.
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Perry;

Let us know how it goes. Will be interesting to find out how much creativity (if any) it's going to take to get it on the trailer. Maybe you'll get lucky and it'll "stand up" by itself, otherwise bring 1/2 a lumber yard and sharpen up your engineering skills. Remember, there is no such thing as TOO LONG a ramp.

Party on!

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P.S. Perry, where are you in Idaho??? Look at my sig.
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