Originally Posted by Nicholas Minopoli
Both have good points. Sorry everyone, I didn't mean to start any argument. I do appreciate all the comments and suggestions, and my feelings dwell on both sides of the fence. I think I found a decent deal, for what I wanted. Mostly that being rust free car that was well taken care of. Problem lied in that I didnt leave myself appropriate time to do my "due diligence".
Ive been a hawk on these forums enough recently to realize that these cars will need maintenance. I found a car that has less problems potentially than some others that have been fixed up and made to run reliably (with care).
Apologies if I started something of a flame war, but I appreciate the differing opinions. Im showing you all, the more experienced people here, the pictures and intel I have, to get alternate opinions. For that, I thank you.
If you are comfortable with your purchase, then that's awesome. Take a deep breath and be excited and get ready to enjoy the new ride. Put everything else out of your mind. Little things will come up along the way but you'll be able to tackle them as they come up. This is a great forum and people are very willing and eager to help. These cars are also dirt cheap to maintain.
I bought a car which was in excellent mechanical condition with $30,000 worth of maintenance receipts, a Euro. My cars aesthetics left a lot to be desired however. but there was no rust. She was very solid. But I knew exactly what I was getting myself into and actually wanted to do a restoration. I am a novice, definitely not a car guy. I did everything myself and it was my first time doing anything like that and I documented it in this thread. https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w123...-exterior.html
If I can do it, so can you.
Go through the above thread when you have some time.
Going to take the liberty to recommend your go to site for ordering any parts. FCP EURO. (For me, there will never be a reason to order from any other vendor or website) I found out about this site recently when I bought my BMW and someone on that forum recommended them. Ordered complete brakes, Akebono pads, Zimmermann rotors. Very satisfied with that company. (I am not affiliated with them in any way.) Look below.
Look here: https://www.fcpeuro.com/page/lifetim...SACEgITKPD_BwE
Q: Does this really include every part you sell?
A: Yes, our lifetime replacement covers every single product we sell, including wear-and-tear items like brake pads, spark plugs, gaskets, rotors, filters, belts, wiper blades, etc. This covers every part across every brand, including OE, OEM, genuine, performance, aftermarket, and re-manufactured parts.
Please remember to include the fluids you purchased from us in their appropriate bottles. We don't accept empty bottles or fluids/parts that were not purchased from FCP Euro.
Also lifetime for fluids. You can send your used oil and get new oil, new oil filter kit, etc. (Not something that I would do, too cumbersome to keep the original bottles. But just goes to show what an awesome company this is. Great for people who have to watch every penny).
Imagine never having to pay twice for a maintenance item ever again, never having to buy wipers, rotors, brake pads, belts, etc.
I haven't done a return yet so can't say anything about the return and replacement process or the lifetime warranty. My car gets driven about 300 miles a year.
I don't keep my cars long, but I imagine that this company would be gold for those who keep their cars for a very long time or drive their cars a lot and for those who can keep the original packaging for fluids.
Wish I had known about this company when I was restoring my classic.