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Bought if from an older couple, dealer serviced it's whole life. Can you run synthetic in these things? Here's the 'proof' pictures.
 

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2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid, 1993 BMW 325i convertible
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Nice looking car!

And yes, I only run Mobil 1 synthetic in mine, and it's very happy with it. As it's been driven more and the seals are reseating themselves, some of the oil leaks have dried up, too.

5W50 is what I run.
 

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A real beauty. Great color combo. Congrats.
 

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My MB dealer runs synthetic in mine.

Looks like you have an aftermarket muffler.

Good looking car, uncommon colour pairing. You're lucky it doesn't have the blue dashboard... they crack all the time!

Congrats on the beauty car!
 

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One addition.....

This car was ordered in that color, apparently. I'll get better pictures later, it's dirty right now. It has a back seat that was dealer installed so the lady who owned it could cart around her grandchildren. I'm not crazy about it as I'm a filmmaker and would prefer a flat cargo space. Will show it and more detailed pictures with DSLR in a few days. Thanks for all the positive comments. I really love this car and am beginning to realize what a quality piece it is. I took a detour en route to a Ferrari and it's given me new respect for German cars. I didn't think I was getting such a great deal though, I paid a shade over 8K for it. Seems like this car is worth around 10 though.
 

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I didn't think I was getting such a great deal though, I paid a shade over 8K for it. Seems like this car is worth around 10 though.
You got a very good deal, and that's a great car.

Re: the back seat. If the dealer installed the OEM seat, the seat back should fold down and fasten, which will give you the flat parcel shelf you want. If not, keep an eye out on ebay for a parcel shelf. Carpet color doesn't matter, because it's easy to change, and parcel shelves are very inexpensive. I like mine, and also wouldn't want the back seat.
 

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Thats a great find, Enjoy!
 

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...and parcel shelves are very inexpensive...
I don't agree with this statement. I have seen 3 on ebay, 2 of which did not sell... The owners had $100-plus on them (one was listed at several hundred. The owner had it described as a back seat!), and one re-listed last week at $100!

I thought I had one from a fellow member... I'm still looking!

Incidentally, because I thought I had one located, I let one go by on ebay at $29.00... dammit!
 

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^^^ Excellent!

Oh, and Congrats, Marquisestelle, on the new ride! Awesome!
 

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A few other notes.

These things have, of all things, Wal-Mart Douglas tires on them, couples get pragmatic when they get old. This car should at least have Toyos on it. The tires are less than a year old, but having driven on potenzas and proxxes I can tell the compound is hard and not grippy, and the sidewalls are too stiff, but 'give' all of a sudden in hard cornering. Any suggestions on tires?

I can't get the heater to work consistently, I just push buttons until heat comes out. It all works, air is friggin cold, but the heat doesn't seem to want to come out to goog except on defrost at full blast.

By the way, my name is Duane Estill, that Marquis Estelle thing is just an old family title from France which I picked to log on here years ago when I first started researching Benz's. Almost bought an S560 Euro saloon years ago, it was great, but I backed out when I saw the the seller was unable to get the passenger window back up and left it out in the elements. Then looked at a two door 600S 12 cylinder but those things seem to fall apart despite the ultra cool engine. I also learned that timing chains on those engines go pretty easily and are expensive to replace.

Thanks again for the positive remarks. I'm starting to think this car is really a good buy and will provide a nice alternative to my Italian cars.
 

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HA!

The "house of Bourbon" was a little too inbred at the time. My family was very entrenched in the aristrocracy, but had to leave when the Huguenot persecution began. I'm of French Huguenot decent, which basically means the first French protestants, they gave the 'one-fingered wave' to the priests early on and started having their marriages by public notary in 1505, quite a dangerous move at the time, especially for the aristocracy, knights, and courtiers. Quite an illustrious family if I do say so myself. Made it here in 1664 and to the South in 1682, been here ever since. I'm the first in 8 generations born outside the state of Tennessee, just over the border in good ole Mississippi.
 
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