: SL500... Carfax?



Playdrv4me
03-12-06, 10:32 AM
I try not to even create alot of fanfare around these announcements anymore just keepin yall updated... Put a deposit on this last night, would like to see if anyone has a carfax account to run it for me. The car has a MD flood title so I got it dirt cheap. Its a 1995 with 82k miles, saw it last night and its in beautiful shape. Just needs A/C fixed. Got it for 9500.00. The guy had it inspected at Duval MB in Gainesville and they werent able to find any signs of flood in it at all, plus thank GOD it didnt stink inside.

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jason06sts
03-12-06, 12:02 PM
put the vin number up

jason06sts
03-12-06, 12:02 PM
put the vin number up

Playdrv4me
03-12-06, 12:10 PM
Oh yea, that would help there wouldnt it. lol

wdbfa67e2sf110607

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-12-06, 12:11 PM
Looks very nice Ian!

Playdrv4me
03-12-06, 12:13 PM
I have a backup as well in case the SL doesnt work out for some reason, would you mind checking her too? Its a 1991 300SEL with 76k miles


SL500: wdbfa67e2sf110607

300SEL: WDBCA25D3MA565360

Zorb750
03-12-06, 04:24 PM
DIESEL! DIESEL! DIESEL! DIESEL!

Why not diesel? 1984 300SD would be a great backup car.

Playdrv4me
03-12-06, 05:11 PM
I wanted a diesel but they are very very expensive with good reason. It would be my primary car as the 750 sold recently (nothing wrong with it, just wasnt really up to my expectations when I picked it up) so I dont want anything quite that old. I could get a 91 300SDL for what this SL500 costs, but then, I could get a 300SEL with just 71k for 4500.00 in excellent condition with records. Mercedes are weird, theres so many different models within a class its ridiculous.

Im just waiting on the carfax report to make sure the mileage is consistent on the SL. Flood or minor fender benders doesnt bother me. The neat thing about SLs is they are just about the most exotic thing you can buy that still is expected run for 100s of thousands of miles and be a daily driver. The 95 SL500 was about 100k, which basically put it in the company of some low end Ferraris and Porsches. In 96 they reduced it to 90k.

Jesda
03-12-06, 08:05 PM
Spoiled mother ****er.

<- Being jealous. :)

Zorb750
03-12-06, 11:05 PM
You can get a nice 300SD 1985 for $3500.

Zorb750
03-12-06, 11:09 PM
Actually... It's my girlfriend's MB that really impressed me with the Diesels. It's a 2006 E320 CDI. It's red. How many Diesel cars are red?

It's quiet, smooth, and fast. Very impressive, and 31-33 mpg is her usual average. It's got everything most people expect in a Mercedes. Sunroof, satellite navigation, power everything. About $63k as configured.

The E320 CDI is a step up in the line from the E350.

Jesda
03-13-06, 12:18 AM
Sheesh, 63k for a midsize Benz that sounds like a soda can with a rock in it. And people wonder why diesel passenger cars aren't very popular?

Zorb750
03-13-06, 02:28 AM
Sheesh, 63k for a midsize Benz that sounds like a soda can with a rock in it. And people wonder why diesel passenger cars aren't very popular?

Have you heard a recent one? Please reserve judgement until you do. It clatters a little bit (sounds kind of like a washing machine) until the cylinder temperatures rise then it runs in another mode using pilot injections to soften the ignition cycles. This is for about 30 seconds. It works VERY well.

Even the old Mercedes diesels were never THAT loud.

The sound you describe is that of a FORD $hitbox truck. We all know those things have marbles in them, which is why the 6.0 version of their engines have been tearing themselves to pieces. The only way you can tell her car is a diesel from more than 6 ft. away is the sound of the turbo spooling up as it drives away. It's people like you who give Diesels a bad name, not the car.

BTW: It's $63K for a midsize Benz with more stuff on it than a Q45 can be ordered with.

Jesda
03-13-06, 04:34 AM
Have you heard a recent one? Please reserve judgement until you do. It clatters a little bit (sounds kind of like a washing machine) until the cylinder temperatures rise then it runs in another mode using pilot injections to soften the ignition cycles. This is for about 30 seconds. It works VERY well.

Yeah, I heard one pulling out of the service bay recently at Plaza Motors. It sounds like a gas engine with some issues, not quite nasty the way an old VW would be, but hardly refined enough for a luxury car.

That said, 63k isnt much of a value for money when you take into consideration MB's poor dependability record and the features, options, smoother operation, and greater acceleration that can be found in a lower-priced M45, STS, 5-series, or A6.

Jonas McFeely
03-13-06, 10:46 AM
Have you heard a recent one? Please reserve judgement until you do. It clatters a little bit (sounds kind of like a washing machine) until the cylinder temperatures rise then it runs in another mode using pilot injections to soften the ignition cycles. This is for about 30 seconds. It works VERY well.

Even the old Mercedes diesels were never THAT loud.

The sound you describe is that of a FORD $hitbox truck. We all know those things have marbles in them, which is why the 6.0 version of their engines have been tearing themselves to pieces. The only way you can tell her car is a diesel from more than 6 ft. away is the sound of the turbo spooling up as it drives away. It's people like you who give Diesels a bad name, not the car.

BTW: It's $63K for a midsize Benz with more stuff on it than a Q45 can be ordered with.

My buddies '84 300D sounds exactly like a school bus.

94CaddyConcours
03-13-06, 01:31 PM
Im glad we have many Mercedes Benz fan here, especially the W126. My god father own a 89 300SE and 03 W163 ML500. And I'm trying to get one also. They diesel are really dependable. I seen some over 600K. 500K is there major maintenance while the gas is on it second engine. That 500SL look great.

If you guy have Carfax can you please run this for me: WDBCA33A7CB026263
It a 1982 W126 380SEL, guy claim that it have 108K and running. But the last time it was register wa in 03. So I'm really nervous. I expect the registration fee pretty high!!!!!!!!!

Thank,
BILL

96Fleetwood
03-13-06, 02:14 PM
Hmmm, I am slightly confused. What happened to the 750iL, I thought that was your dream car? Goodluck with the SL, resale will be hard if the title has any indication of the flood.

DBA-One
03-13-06, 02:22 PM
A dude I work with had a flood car. After sometime owning it he would turn on the heater and the whipers would turn on, too. There was no rhyme or reason to anything with it. Nothing but gremlins. I regard flood cars like a town polluted by a nuclear accident - you can't touch it, taste it, smell or feel it but something is wrong.

Playdrv4me
03-13-06, 02:24 PM
Hmmm, I am slightly confused. What happened to the 750iL, I thought that was your dream car? Goodluck with the SL, resale will be hard if the title has any indication of the flood.

Oh, nothing happened to it. It was fine, the problem was while the car wasnt really *mis*represented, it wasnt really up to my expectations when I picked it up either, the exterior was pretty rough. So I threw it up on ebay and sold it.

94CaddyConcours
03-13-06, 04:44 PM
Can you run this VIN for me: WDBCA33A7CB026263 , I'm planning to buy this viehicle. Its a 82 380SEL

Thank,
BILL
Wiliamrsong@yahoo.com

Elvis
03-13-06, 05:05 PM
Just needs A/C fixed.

There's a lot more to that repair than meets the eye. My father had a '95 S420 that just needed the A/C fixed. It turned out to be a $5000 job that required the entire dash to be removed. Mostly labor, not much in parts.

He traded the car.

94CaddyConcours
03-13-06, 07:45 PM
There's a lot more to that repair than meets the eye. My father had a '95 S420 that just needed the A/C fixed. It turned out to be a $5000 job that required the entire dash to be removed. Mostly labor, not much in parts.
He traded the car.

Yep I totally agree. One of my mom friend had his S500 quoted at the dealer for arounf 5K for the A/C. Instead he took the car with him to another country and got it fix for less then 1200

Playdrv4me
03-13-06, 09:38 PM
Yep I totally agree. One of my mom friend had his S500 quoted at the dealer for arounf 5K for the A/C. Instead he took the car with him to another country and got it fix for less then 1200

I agree, A/Cs all operate in fundamentally the same fashion. While I can certainly see 5000.00, I can also see going to joes european garage and getting the thing patched together for 1500.00 or less. It doesnt have to last forever, just while Ive got it.

Im sure come 2 months from now Ill decide I need a sailboat or a Peterbilt. God only knows...

jgreco23
03-14-06, 08:47 AM
I have a fair amount of experience with Mercedes Benz cars (am restoring a 1984 380SL) but I do know that there is an "interior control module" that mounts under one of the front seats that is rather costly to replace. Cherry Hill Mercedes (my local dealer) showed me a few newer S500's and SEL's that came in because of flash flooding due to thunderstorms and said that the moment that the interior gets a few inches of water in it, that is the first thing that goes, and it is in the thousands to replace (at least, the module would be close to that for my cost as a "tradesman"). Be sure to check that one out. Otherwise, that is a beautiful car and I wish you luck with it.

Joe

96Fleetwood
03-14-06, 01:33 PM
For $10-13K you can find a clean example with ~115-140K miles with a CLEAN title and no flood history. Just something to consider.

Zorb750
03-16-06, 08:04 PM
I like the SL, but believe it is anything but Sport Light, especially the Light part.