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Whatís a good time to get rid of a 1998 sl500?

After helping get my brother in lawís 1998 sl500 that he bought with 52,000 miles, and now has 65,000... Iím wondering if after replacing tires, front lower control arms, shocks, and shock mounts, fixing the third brake light, fixing the windshield mirror, and a broken driver door mirror frame... I wonder if I should suggest he sell it and try to get his money back out of it. I bet heís got about $13,500 spent including taxes and fees and the recent repairs.

I feel like the soft top system is a ticking time bomb. That reminds me. Maybe I should drain and fill the hydraulic fluid.

It seems thereís just so much maintenance, unlike my older MB.

ASR scared the bejesus out of me when I dollied the car to the alignment shop with it in neutral and idling.

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Old 06-07-2019, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Oh boy.



This was long overdue.

Iím guessing we are operating on the original hydraulic seals. Wondering if I should have not even touched this. Worried a bust of air will blow the seals. Waiting for my wife to get home so I can use the 12v pump in her trunk to suck out every drop of this filth before refilling.



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There is a good thread on flushing the system here. Also, there is reference to cycling the roll bar as well.
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Aside from motor and trans mounts and a few gaskets, you are pretty much done with big stuff. I say keep it for now because the value will rise in the next 10 years. Nice examples are starting to be farther and fewer in between.


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Two times turkey Baster process. Left is first run. Right is second. I cycled the top a few times before the second run. I wanted to make sure the soft top was down too.

I donít like the green hint in the second flush. The original seals are green.






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To address your original question a lot depends on where you're located.

Ideally, the peak of the market for convertibles is usually in mid spring, like April or even May. People are starting to get outside more, and the desire to "cut loose" and enjoy improving weather is greatest.

That's if you live north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

If you live in the south, or southwest, southern California, there is still somewhat of a seasonal thing to the market, but it's far less pronounced since the conditions are ideal for a convertible pretty much year round.

As for what you've got in the car, forget it. Prices on the R129 models have been soft for years, and continue to be so, unless they're a unique model like a Silver Star or Anniversary Edition, and/or have very low mileage.

With minimal information that's supplied, I would guess that if this car was in good condition you might be able to net between $6,000 and $8,000 depending on a number of factors.

As for the maintenance and repairs, you've just gotten hit with a number of items that were coming due at the same time. Few, if any of them will need to be done again for a long time. These aren't high maintenance cars - much of what you've done sounds like deferred maintenance that needed to be caught up, not ongoing repairs that will continue to occur on a regular basis.

This is a situation many of us have entered into depending on the age and mileage of the cars when we bought them. You either bite the bullet and do the work, then enjoy the car for many trouble free miles after, or you dump it and take a beating, while the next owner enjoys the fruits of your labors.
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Sight unseen, but it's still a low mileage car.

With no visible problems, potentially it will bring more.
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If the goal was low cost maintenance and reliability, why did he buy that instead of a Camry sedan, in the first place?

If he gets $13,500 for it.......then what? It's not like there's a plethora of sports vehicles that are geared toward a mature clientele.
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Whatís a good time to get rid of a 1998 sl500?

I donít think they have any intention of selling. I thought the market has been moving from r107 to r129. I heard European dealers are flooded with r107 and started importing r129. That seems to have been a major factor in pricing in the US. Itís all hearsay.




Does anyone know what maintenance code -334 is for? i have been googling. Oh. 334 days overdue for service. That sounds right.


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I donít think they have any intention of selling. I thought the market has been moving from r107 to r129. I heard European dealers are flooded with r107 and started importing r129. Tat seems to have been a major factor in pricing in the US. Itís all hearsay.
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So what's the point of the thread? You're asking if they should sell?

No hearsay. While my numbers were just a shade low, based on actual sales it looks like the car is probably worth about $10k-$11k in a good market and assuming it's in ideal shape and everything is working.

$13k is highly unlikely.

The market is not moving to R129s. They continue to lag well behind their cousins in the convertible market, and show no indication of the significant increase in value that earlier models have enjoyed.

Best that they make the necessary repairs and continue to drive and enjoy it. If they're going to get caught up over the operating costs, they shouldn't have bought it in the first place. It's clear they didn't do their due diligence when purchasing the car or they would have expected some of these things. It's past due for hydraulic cylinders. They'll be failing soon if they're not already leaking. This is a well known area of maintenance, so again, no surprises here.
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