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.