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I am proud to announce that just 5 days shy of my 18th birthday, i have bought my first MB. I payed $2000 for a 1987 420 SEL in extremely good condition. It has a two rust spots on one of the doors, although i plan on getting its fixed when i repaint the car. I am getting all sorts of looks from people of all ages. Most of the kids my age are into putting a cheap muffler on a old Honda, but this is the most comfortable car i have been in. I was wondering where i could get all the factory specs, as well as tips from fellow 420 sel owners. My first question is how much horsepower do these things come out of the factory with? It definatly plants me in the seat without even trying. But this will definatly be no beater, thats what my old escort was for. thanks guys
 

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Welcome to the world of old Mercedes Benz - A.K.A. headack world. The bad news is that purchase price is only a small part of ownership. I would not equal "two rust spots on one of the doors", for example, to "extremely good condition". A decent paint job will run you about 4K.

Oh, about "getting all sorts of looks from people of all ages", I was enjoying that too when I first got mine. The looks are not what you think they are, believe me.

I am so negative because I have to fill up the gas this morning. And the fact that I I paid way too much for my "extremely good condition" 560.

Good luck.
 

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Hey, NewMbie, don't rain on the kid's parade, it's quite an accomplishment to invest in quality at 18. And kid, don't rush to spend too much money on the baby --- let it tell you what it needs. And by the way, stay in school and learn to spell --- you won't get far as an illiterate and then won't be able to afford a new MB some day --- OK[^]
 

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Welcome to the W126 best ever MB series.
Happy 18th. enjoy the day with your SEL 420.
Your SEL is rated at 201 HP and 310 Torque enjoy it!!
Post some photos of her. Should you have any problems with her were here for advice, the forum is extensive any problems just type in the situation on the search engine at the top of this forum, if you can't find the solution open a forum request?

Take a look at all the members cars at the first thread this will give you a insite into these remarkable MBs. the best they ever built.

I have a SEC 560 Euro and a 560 SEL Euro see attached photos. Sure you could also drive a TUNER but theres no star!!

MBgary
 

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Welcome, your M116 makes 201 bhp. Don’t pay NewMBie any attention – these cars are great.

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NewMBie - 5/6/2005 5:32 PM

Welcome to the world of old Mercedes Benz - A.K.A. headack world. The bad news is that purchase price is only a small part of ownership. I would not equal "two rust spots on one of the doors", for example, to "extremely good condition". A decent paint job will run you about 4K.

Oh, about "getting all sorts of looks from people of all ages", I was enjoying that too when I first got mine. The looks are not what you think they are, believe me.

I am so negative because I have to fill up the gas this morning. And the fact that I I paid way too much for my "extremely good condition" 560.

Good luck.

you are really a bum...

stop whining about how bad you got it!

LOSER!
 

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DEF-C - 5/8/2005 7:46 PM

you are really a bum...

stop whining about how bad you got it!

LOSER!
Agreed!

Welcome to the Mercedes family, kcamsdog. [:)]
 

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Hey guys. Thanks for the input. I had to go to the store today to buy a new connector for the driver's side headlight. I guess the old bulbs were cheap, high output ones and they melted the connector. I bought a new piece for 8 dollars and spliced it together. Its all working now and I realized first-hand that you cant go cheap with a Mercedes.
 
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