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Evilaseq 06-05-2016 11:39 AM

88' 560 SEL - 4 seater from Poland
Hello everyone,

As this is my first post on this forum, I would like to say hello to all members and users :) I appologise for my english, I hadn't use it for a long time so it may be a bit "glitchy" ;)

This thread will be about my 1988 560 SEL, hope that I will find answers for my questions about issues that for sure will appear while using the car. That will do for my introduction, now few words about the car :D

I bought it some time ago, and since then I try to restore it to it's former MB glory. So far I've coped with most of rust and some minor mechanical stuff (car was in fairly good condition, despite the PO used the car with LPG). As soon as I realised how rare are the additional options, the car was a "must have" (only to mention 2 axle NIVO - not operational - the car seats od regular springs but got all 4 jacks with the car and 4 seats). So here's the star of this thread :)
The first pic of my S class just after I bought it, the foto opportunity was a total random episode :D just an ordinary view of late 90's euro youngtimers :D
As you can see, the car was painted by one of the PO and still has those awfull cheap AMG "wannabees"... later I found a cool set od BBS RS wheels :)

So that would be it for now :) I'm still working on too high idle problem... few days ago, my ignition tumbler broke down for good... I'm waiting for a spare (the one that broke down had "the strange, non existing part number" 126 462 01 79) ... still lots needs to be done ;) If you have any questions feel free to ask, I will try to answer ;)

Tom Kaiser 06-05-2016 11:56 AM

Welcome to the board. No apology needed; your English is better than many of us that speak/write English.

wooky_chew_bacca 06-05-2016 12:37 PM

Welcome to The Machine Evilaseq. That looks to be a fine ride you have there and I agree the BBS wheels look much better especially with the body color. I'm trying to remember about those rear seats, are they power reclining ? That would be so cool too. Be "glad" that the tumbler set gave out now instead of when you were off on a roadtrip, I replaced mine just a week or so after buying the car and upon taking it out for replacement it fell to pieces.

As Tom said, your English is better than some here so no worries on that. Again, Welcome, there are many fine folks here and boatloads of info at your fingertips with a search, also many repairs can be found in the DIY sticky near the top of the page

Teutone 06-05-2016 01:25 PM

++ on the Welcome

Evilaseq 06-05-2016 01:32 PM

THX for the good words guys :)

The seats in the rear are electrically adjustable, they lack electric heating but this option wasn't factory installed, I slowly think about retrofitting it, if I find original heating elements of course :)

When I studied the web about the tumbler problems, I felt blessed that it "fup" on my parking spot just before planned short run around the city. When I got it out the car (the proper MB way, without grinding and cutting) I recalled that it caused some problems just after i bought the car... the only thing I've done then was making a new key, problems ended so I stopped worrying aobout it.
7 months later, tumbler was a total junk, it fallen apart just after removing it from the steering wheel locking mechanism.

I've ordered a spare one but I'm still kinda worried. The new tumbler will have different key, there are small chances that I will be able to fit the new tumbler to old key (wich fits all locks).

wooky_chew_bacca 06-05-2016 02:08 PM

Yeah an unmatched key would suck, don't know about your side of the pond but a dealer should be able to get you a matched tumbler with a new key with the VIN number

LWB250 06-05-2016 02:45 PM


Just so you understand, seat heaters were part of the upholstery itself, that is, they were installed between the layers of leather and cloth that was put together to make the seat coverings. It's not just a matter of getting the heating elements, as you would have to deconstruct the upholstery to get them in.

Here in the US, and I'm sure in Europe, there are companies that sell seat heating retrofit kits. They are not expensive (here) and are rather easy to install.

Here is one example:


xlimodriver 06-05-2016 03:50 PM

Nice car, nice color, nice wheels but I'm scared to click on your pictures.


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wooky_chew_bacca 06-05-2016 04:44 PM

I had no trouble with his pics, just had to open one at a time

D&WCali 06-05-2016 05:52 PM

Nice car, and great color.

Enjoy driving it! Is the color Anthracite 172?

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