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Lugnut
Lugnut Dork
10/18/12 3:36 p.m.

With over 120 cars under my belt and being down to only the MINI and the K75 for most of the year, I saw a stray that needed a foster home, and I have never had a Mercedes.

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I forgot to upload the interior pics, so I'll get those when I add this to my reader rides.

Anyway, it's a '90 560SEL. I feel like a president's driver, and my 6yo daughter says she feels like a princess riding in the back with her reclining and heated rear seats. It needs some love, but it runs strong and it was under a grand. 22 years ago, this car was $83,000 and change. Now for a little more than 1% of that, I am eligible to join the Armenian mafia. :D

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
10/18/12 3:38 p.m.

I have an unnatural love of old hi-lux cars, she's gorgeous!

Lugnut
Lugnut Dork
10/18/12 3:43 p.m.

I was thinking about another P71, or another LS400, or maybe a Q45, or an E32... Then I found this two miles from home. :)

SyntheticBlinkerFluid
SyntheticBlinkerFluid UltraDork
10/18/12 3:53 p.m.

If you can find them and not to expensive, I'd drop some coin for a set of Euro Spec head lights. They clean up the front end very well.

cutter67
cutter67 New Reader
10/18/12 4:00 p.m.

i would check the engine wiring harness. you do have a 1990 some came with the bad insulation on them it cracks and falls off then causes fire that is why i will not buy any 90 to 96 unless the upgrade has been done and SL's are real bad

but very nice looking car and good luck with her

DrBoost
DrBoost PowerDork
10/18/12 4:11 p.m.

Here in MI, registration cost is based on the ORIGINAL MSRP of the car. My 92 300D is about $180 to register. My car was $42K new, so that would cost almost $400 a year to register here

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltraDork
10/18/12 4:48 p.m.

I had a customer in Philly who had a white one with 180,000 miles on it - I told him to let me know..........but he traded it in.

Great find for you!

plance1
plance1 Dork
10/18/12 5:16 p.m.

How are the pixels?

Lugnut
Lugnut Dork
10/18/12 5:22 p.m.

Pixels? The only electro display is the LCD on the radio!

belteshazzar
belteshazzar UltraDork
10/18/12 5:29 p.m.

super cool

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 Dork
10/18/12 5:30 p.m.

Pixels will kill you every time. They cause massive ZOMGWTFBBQ!1!!!11!1!!.

Lugnut
Lugnut Dork
10/18/12 5:43 p.m.
Teh E36 M3 wrote: Pixels will kill you every time. They cause massive ZOMGWTFBBQ!1!!!11!1!!.

No, I think you are thinking of piranha.

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi HalfDork
10/18/12 6:05 p.m.

I'm partial to them, this one was a 1991 modified by AMG West. Original price 138000!

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed Dork
10/18/12 6:09 p.m.
SyntheticBlinkerFluid wrote: If you can find them and not to expensive, I'd drop some coin for a set of Euro Spec head lights. They clean up the front end very well.

This one is totally bad ass. I could rock that!

Woody
Woody MegaDork
10/18/12 6:15 p.m.
chandlerGTi wrote: I'm partial to them, this one was a 1991 modified by AMG West. Original price 138000!

I have a set of those wheels.

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi HalfDork
10/18/12 7:25 p.m.
Woody wrote:
chandlerGTi wrote: I'm partial to them, this one was a 1991 modified by AMG West. Original price 138000!

I have a set of those wheels.

Really? Those are 16x9.5 and 16x8 which are one year only.

benzbaronDaryn
benzbaronDaryn Dork
10/18/12 7:44 p.m.

Hey Woody, real AMG/ATS pentas or Ronal R9s?

I haven't seen too many Gen 2 pentas, they are a rare bird as the offset has to be pretty high to clear the upgraded front calipers.

You cannot put pre-85 mercedes wheels on post 85 cars so don't get any funny ideas. The rim for a w126 like that is the AMG Oz two piece or three piece or a set of bbs r??.

A bit pricey but I'll just leave this here:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pts/3333662645.html

hotchocolate
hotchocolate New Reader
10/18/12 10:55 p.m.

I love those cars. Good find. What I like about them the most...the sound their doors make when you close them. For that reason alone they are worth owning to me. Even the newest ones don't sound like that. Nice find for a nice price

Travis_K
Travis_K SuperDork
10/18/12 11:16 p.m.

I think the wiring harness problems started in 92 with the w140, the w126 is safe. Very important, check under the brake master cylinder for leaves, the resistor for the blower motor is in there and if you run the blower without cleaning the leaves out it will start a fire.

cutter67
cutter67 Reader
10/19/12 6:34 a.m.
Travis_K wrote: I think the wiring harness problems started in 92 with the w140, the w126 is safe. Very important, check under the brake master cylinder for leaves, the resistor for the blower motor is in there and if you run the blower without cleaning the leaves out it will start a fire.

no its 1991 and up but some 1990's came thru with it. the insulation is suppose to be bio-degradable the problem is it started degrading way too soon. how i found out about this is i sold a 92 500SL to a lady 4 years ago. the car was perfect with 27k miles on it and a month after i sold it to her a major engine fire. its easy to check for.

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
10/19/12 7:03 a.m.
cutter67 wrote:

Yikes!

And folks complain about British wiring...

I think it could be fun to own a car like this, but not long term. Unfortuantely, my g/f has this thing about buying a car without the idea of keeping it 'til the grave...

RossD
RossD UberDork
10/19/12 7:19 a.m.
plance1 wrote: How are the pixels?

Are you singlehandedly trying to start your own meme where you ask about the pixels whenever you're jealous about someone's car purchase?

Lugnut
Lugnut Dork
10/19/12 8:12 a.m.

In reply to Ian F:

The grave?! Yipes. I see this as a long-term keeper for me. 12 months, tops.

Sky_Render
Sky_Render HalfDork
10/19/12 9:10 a.m.
Lugnut wrote: 22 years ago, this car was $83,000 and change. Now for a little more than 1% of that, I am eligible to join the Armenian mafia.

Quote of the month.

cwh
cwh PowerDork
10/19/12 9:29 a.m.

Just for giggles, I did a CL search here for Mercedes, 100 to 2000. I was amazed at what popped up. Some really sweet looking cars, up to '99 or so. Cheaper than Camrys.

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