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Hi all -
New 107 owner - first Mercedes. Lots of fun to drive already but lots of original stuff that needs refreshing - carpet, sound deadening material, mats, paint, hoses, bushings.......
Looking forward to digging through the forum for best practices.
Thanks in advance !
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Eric
 

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How many miles? Any maintenance logs?
Around 106k. I have the PO's records - nothing too worrying. I believe he drove it about 10k miles over the past 15 years. First owner put the rest on.
There was some suspension damage from hitting a rock - several parts replaced.


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Pics of your ride when you can please (y)
That's it in my avatar, with my oldest hoping it is a graduation gift (NOT!)
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Hard top is in the garage and in better condition than the rest of the car.
 

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Nice car! Welcome to the forum! You'll find a lot of knowledge re: MB 107s here. I have a 74 450SL. Only thing I would do is get rid of the rust causers (chrome flares on fenders) and hope there isn't any rust. Is that a fairly new soft top?
 

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She's a beauty and deserves a better car... I mean a teen in a 12mpg car that needs 90 Octane minimum? I refused to sell my '75 to a person buying it for his son going to college.
I asked about maintenance records because of things like the timing chain, and oil changes (what weight they used) and other nagging things on a car with 160KM
 

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Welcome to the madhouse, fellow Kentuckian! Love the color on your 450. The paint looks to be single stage, which will buff to a wonderful shine with a light compound and buffing wheel.
 

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your acquisition. Reminds me of the 107 that the Hart to Hart TV show used...even the color brings back memories. I would second the suggestion that it might be worth looking under the fender flairs in case there's rust. Hope you enjoy it!
 
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Around 106k. I have the PO's records - nothing too worrying. I believe he drove it about 10k miles over the past 15 years. First owner put the rest on.
There was some suspension damage from hitting a rock - several parts replaced.



That's it in my avatar, with my oldest hoping it is a graduation gift (NOT!)
Also here:
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Hard top is in the garage and in better condition than the rest of the car.
Beautiful

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Nice car! Welcome to the forum! You'll find a lot of knowledge re: MB 107s here. I have a 74 450SL. Only thing I would do is get rid of the rust causers (chrome flares on fenders) and hope there isn't any rust. Is that a fairly new soft top?
Thanks!

Probably a good call on the fender chrome, but that decision will ultimately be my wife's-
If/ when we have it painted (same color) we will take them off and repair what needs it. Based on your comment I may have to pull them and see if she notices....
Anecdotally, it has never been parked outside. However, rust always finds a way~

Top is brand new, as is the front seat leather.
 

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She's a beauty and deserves a better car... I mean a teen in a 12mpg car that needs 90 Octane minimum? I refused to sell my '75 to a person buying it for his son going to college.
I asked about maintenance records because of things like the timing chain, and oil changes (what weight they used) and other nagging things on a car with 160KM
She drives a late model CRV that her grandfather babied. Much better reliability, gas mileage, safety features, steering, braking, ya da ya da.... Although i have let her take it around the block a few times.
1. Press the brake in.
2. Press it in even farther.
3. Put it in drive.
4. Gently let out on the brake.
5. Stop!
Whole different world than the CRV.
 

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I asked about maintenance records because of things like the timing chain, and oil changes (what weight they used) and other nagging things on a car with 160KM
Compiling the records now... I don't expect that any major work has been completed.
Taking it in to my local German car specialist shop in a couple of weeks to get that ball rolling
 

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It's worth checking the timing chain tensioner and also the guide rails. If the guides are brown replace them. Not a huge deal but can avoid catastrophic damage.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Glad to have another early 450 owner.
I second Aussiemerc, please check your timing chain stretch and guides. It is important.
 

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Welcome! I think 79 is probably the best year for reliability. IMHO I have an 80 450 which is close but wish it came with the 79 model speedometer instead of the 85 mph.
 
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