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Hey, new member here. I was actually looking for a BMW to use as a daily driver but instead found this 1990 300E in incredible shape for $600 because someone stole the catalytic converter. Looking forward to learning a bunch and spending too much money on this car! Here’s a pic of my wife sitting in it
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The underside of this car doesn't have a single speck of rust on it, the interior looks practically new except for the driver's side bolster that apparently wears out in all of these. Only issues (other than the missing cat) is the passenger side window doesn't roll up, which I believe is the switch, and the uh, trim rings(?) around the headlights are pretty dead with age but the car had two brand new ones still in boxes sitting in the back seat. It sat for about two years but with a jump it started right up. Suspension feels good, not sloppy or worn out. 190K miles, seems well-maintained. In the glove box was the original maintenance booklet, it got every factory service for the first 100K miles or so, after that I'm not sure but the condition of the car tells me it was taken very good care of and most likely wintered in a garage.

For now my plans are to just use it as a nice daily driver so my '12 Mustang can sit peacefully while accumulating mods to reach my goal of 500RWHP. For the Benz I'm just planning some basics, window tint, obviously a tuneup and replace the cat. I was thinking of sportline springs and maybe something to replace these hideous factory rims.
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Missing/stolen cat? Why? Was this car in a boneyard per chance?

The driver's bolster don't all wear out. Just a matter of how people enter the car.

500 ponies out of a modern Mustang seems pretty tame. My old Mustang was dyno'd at 610 all the way back in 1996 after I was done tweaking it.

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Welcome to the W124 fold and thanks for taking the time to complete your profile. There is a deep pool of knowledge here that can help with just about any issue you may encounter.

Take some time and read through the various topics in our DIY sticky. You'll learn alot about the car and it's common issues.as well as site tools etc.

Again, welcome and glad to have you.

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Missing/stolen cat? Why? Was this car in a boneyard per chance?

The driver's bolster don't all wear out. Just a matter of how people enter the car.

500 ponies out of a modern Mustang seems pretty tame. My old Mustang was dyno'd at 610 all the way back in 1996 after I was done tweaking it.
Crackheads and junkies will steal cats and sell them. It was sitting behind a Benz mechanic shop for two years because the prior owner apparently just bought a new one and never cared about getting this one back. The shop was too busy to really bother fixing a car this old and cheap so it sat there. One of the employees finally just sold it.

500 at the wheels is my goal, and on the new Coyote engines you can get surprisingly close with just bolt ons. I could supercharge it and get 700 but I would rather spend that money on suspension and brakes and wide tires so I can autocross it semi regularly. 610 sounds like a blast though!
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Welcome to the W124 fold and thanks for taking the time to complete your profile. There is a deep pool of knowledge here that can help with just about any issue you may encounter.

Take some time and read through the various topics in our DIY sticky. You'll learn alot about the car and it's common issues.as well as site tools etc.

Again, welcome and glad to have you.

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Thanks! I’ve been spending my lunch breaks reading everything on here, which is both good and bad. It’s always good to have more knowledge. But I was originally going to keep this a stock daily driver, and now I’m dreaming of sportline suspension, amg rims, and somehow finding an old supersprint header somewhere on the internet.
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the plastic things around the headlights are known as 'headlight doors' for some reason.

better than replacing them is to get the Depo brand 'euro' style headlights specific to the pre-facelift W124's.

my cabrio here has those... they have glass lenses, the fog lamps are integral. they have a much better lighting pattern than the pre-facelift USA 124 lights.

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the plastic things around the headlights are known as 'headlight doors' for some reason.

better than replacing them is to get the Depo brand 'euro' style headlights specific to the pre-facelift W124's.

my cabrio here has those... they have glass lenses, the fog lamps are integral. they have a much better lighting pattern than the pre-facelift USA 124 lights.

I could have sworn that I replied this morning. Apparently not.

I would upgrade the headlights but the car came with a pair of NIB headlight doors so I'll just install those.

Also from some googling and me swapping window switches, it appears that my passenger window needs a regulator. The switch is fine. I'll try to finish taking the door off tonight after work, and hopefully I can manually lift the window up so I won't get any rain in my car or anything.

Lastly, is there a good place to find OEM sportline springs?
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Also, beautiful cabrio. My sedan is the same color(s). It would look great with some penta wheels!
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I'd just get H&R springs.

Sportline won't make hardly any difference and a ton of work/labor just to for what...1/2" lower? 5% stiffer?

I had H&Rs w/Bilstein sports on my 1994. Rode awesome and wasn't that low, but low enough to be noticeable.

I have Eibachs (no longer made)/Bilstein sports right now on my 1990.

Shocks makes a bigger difference on ride than springs (unless they're super slammed). Defintely budget for some shocks and so them all at the same time.

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