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Help for a newbie - how does this car sound?

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Hello all - I apologize in advance if this is posted in the wrong place. I am a newbie and want to get some advice from the experts here. I am interested in the vehicle described below but want to get your thoughts before proceeding. I am looking for a daily driver, but being a car guy, I want an awesome classic, and I think the 300SE fits the bill. My current DD is a '94 Land Cruiser, which I absolutely love. I recently changed jobs and will be driving much farther to work, about 30 miles, so I need something more fuel efficient than the 14 MPG I get withe the LC. Obviously, I am looking for more than a fuel efficient car, I love classics and want something that is not just an everyday ride. Anyway, any advice you have would be helpful. If you guys are anywhere near as passionate about the 126 as LC owners are about their rides, I know you will have great advice. Thanks in advance!

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This car rides smooth, handles nicely, and has power to spare. I have restored it mechanically, and the body and interior are in very good condition for the age. This car has been a Virginia car since new and has no rust.

1991 Mercedes 300 SE
155000 Miles
Fuel efficient 6 cylinder gas engine (22.5 mpg).
65k miles on transmission.
4 new tires Nokian WR G2 all season with snow rating.
New brakes: pads, rotors, hydraulic lines, calipers, master cylinder, fluid.
New front suspension (all new bushings, ball joints, and brake supports).
New alignment.
Rebuilt cruise control.
Cold AC.
Hot heat.
New climate control blower motor.
New climate control vacuum actuators.
New head gasket, radiator, water pump, serpentine belt, belt tensioner, distributor cap, ignition rotor, bosch spark plug wires, Denso Iridium spark plugs.
Genuine Mercedes Benz antifreeze and distiller water mix.
New windshield.
New all weather windshield wipers.
New fog lamp lenses.
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I saw an FJ70 series on the highway the other day, I almost wanted to follow him. I'd trade my w126 for a real Land Cruiser any day. You know they still make them in South Africa. God dammit. Why do they taunt me so.

The 300SE sounds great. Just make sure he has paper work to prove all that. They are notorious for head gasket problems. Other than that, they are just as bullet proof as any other old Mercedes.
He has listed quite a few expensive service items. The price seems more than fair if its all true. The head gasket issue is a design fault that causes them to leak from the rear. I'm sure others who have owned an m103 would be able to better explain the design fault. I think there is an updated head gasket you can buy from Mercedes.

If I'm not mistaken the m103 also likes to leak from the front main seal. But again, I'm sure a m103 expert will chime in here.

The fact that he bothers to use Mercedes anti-freeze sounds like he might actually know something about these cars. Which can be a good thing if he's an honest person.

I keep thinking of importing an FJ75 from Japan, but after all is said and done, I might as well just import a G-Wagon. The landed cost is about the same.
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