It's a sad story, but that won't stop the "I told ya so's." I bought my 1988 560 SL when I moved to this town, and from the moment I saw it, I was in awe that it would be my car. The man selling it to me said that the front bumper and hood was rebuilt, the reason for the good price. It looks great, so I didn't care about the big black "REBUILT" stamp on the title.
Now I need a new engine or a new car. I can't say I know the extent of the damage, but the shop tells me that a problem with the timing chain caused the right side cylinders in the engine to ruin themselves: pistons, rings, valves, and all. The price of the repairs is likely less than that of a new engine, if I can find one.
Now I'm basically at a total loss, and I don't know if I can afford to keep the car if this is a sign of things to come. So, I ask the community. You love your cars, but you also understand the risks of having them. Should I fix it, should I try to sell it as it is? Perhaps it's not yet my time to have this car.