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300ce questions

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Hi all
I went to view a 1988 300ce with 120000 miles on it today. I have a couple of questions, and i'm after some advice.

On starting from cold, i had to turn the key with my foot on the gas for about 5 seconds before it would start. Is that normal, or should it start instantly like a modern car?

The car has also been lowered, and was quite stiff when going over bumps. It also squeaked and clunked when going over the bumps; is this a very bad sign?

There were minor body blemishes. Do these cars rust badly, or are they very soildly built?

The gas pedal had a very long travel, and needed a good shove to get any response. Is this normal? Once you pushed it the car seemed powerful and seemless and was a dream on the motorway.

The aircon takes a few minutes to cool down. Is this normal, or is there likely to be a problem?

There is no obvious service history, but the milage appears genuine. What are the main things i should look out for when i go to check it again.

Thanks in advance
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I have a 1989 300CE. They are great cars when properly maintained. I had a similar starting problem. My fuel pump relay was replaced and the injectors cleaned and that solved the problem. I have never seen a badly rusted 300CE, I think they are fairly resistant to corrosion but there may be exceptions. These cars start in 2nd gear so they are a bit slow off the line unless you shift manually, accelerate hard, or have the transmission modified to start in first. I prefer a stock unmodified car so I would avoid the example you are looking at but if the price is right get a pre purchase inspection before buying.
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