Date registered: Oct 2004
Vehicle: 2013 S550
Location: Tampa, Florida
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I have no way to estimate the cost of doing that job accurately, but I think you'd be into a HUGE investment of your time (perhaps years), and very possibly wind up putting more money into it than buying a car with similar mileage, and without all those problems. If such is your hobby, have at it - but personally (and after having invested WAY too much money and time bringing a '78 450SL into daily driver condition a few years ago) I would pass it by.
Pricing a 2008 S550 4-Matic in Philadelphia with 70,000 miles yields roughly $17,600 as a fair dealer price, and about $15,400 for a private party sale. I think there is significant risk you'd spend more than the $9K to $11K price difference restoring the car you're looking at, as well as buying the SDS system you'd need for doing your own diagnostics.The need for paint on a fender may indicate sheet metal damage - and if that broke the zinc coating on the sheet metal, you will be into rust.
2005 S500 4-Matic
Last edited by Skylaw; 01-26-2019 at 05:22 PM.