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Nice shape overall, some typical rust-through near the front jack points, but rear area seems solid, trunk is solid, interior is nice, paint is fair to good. He had it listed for $700, or said it was going to the shredder, so I waited about a week, then let him know if he didn't sell it by the time I got back into town, I'd give him $400 for it site-unseen to keep it from dying at the crushers hands. The next week when I got back into town, he emailed me and said come get it. He is a cool guy, I talked with him for awhile. I'm heading over tomorrow hopefully to pick it up. And I just drove for almost 2 hours tonight testing a transmission vacuum fix in my 240D to go get W202 wheels and tires to put on it. From the pics I've seen with the 8 hole W202 wheels on the W124's, they look nice. Here's a pic of the car, and the wheels from both ads.
 

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Nice shape overall, some typical rust-through near the front jack points, but rear area seems solid, trunk is solid, interior is nice, paint is fair to good. He had it listed for $700, or said it was going to the shredder, so I waited about a week, then let him know if he didn't sell it by the time I got back into town, I'd give him $400 for it site-unseen to keep it from dying at the crushers hands. The next week when I got back into town, he emailed me and said come get it. He is a cool guy, I talked with him for awhile. I'm heading over tomorrow hopefully to pick it up. And I just drove for almost 2 hours tonight testing a transmission vacuum fix in my 240D to go get W202 wheels and tires to put on it. From the pics I've seen with the 8 hole W202 wheels on the W124's, they look nice. Here's a pic of the car, and the wheels from both ads.
 

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Is there any W124 common issues I should look to repair? I have W123's and W126's, but I bought 2 W124's recently, and haven't done much with either one.
 

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Well, it took 3-4 hours, but I went by the guys house that I bought the car from after work, and put the front of the engine back together. I was amazed at how well he kept track of all the hardware. The only thing I neglected to do was put the radiator shroud back on. I already was past that point, and it was getting dark, so I'll disassemble it another day. Looks like the water pump it quite old anyway, so may tear it apart to do that. Filled it with fluids, and installed a fresh battery, and after a bit of cranking, she started right up. Very peppy, I was surprised. The car must weigh much less than my long-wheelbase W126's. It hadn't been started in over a year when he gave up on getting it back on the road. He seemed surprised we had it running and driving in a few hours, but happy to see it was going to used as a driver, and not a parts car. He took a video of it running before I left. I didn't have an extra driver, so I'm heading back there this morning with my wife to get it. I'll take some pics, and maybe a video of it running.

So, other than engine common issues which I'm familiar with, are there any other W124-centric problems that should be addressed or looked into on a new purchase?
 
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