Yeah, I need to get more information from him so I can get an idea of condition.

I saw the car briefly when I picked up the S420, but since it wasn’t on my 
radar at the time I didn’t really look at it closely.

He’ll have a boatload of stuff he’s done to it, no doubt, just as he did with 
his other cars.  Fortunately, he takes the time to research his cars in detail 
and then targets the areas that are known to be problematic.

To give you an idea, he bought a 1998 S420 two years ago from the original 
owner with 102,000 on the clock. Dealer maintained, all service records, etc.  
Here’s a list of what he’s done since he bought it:

New (old) MB metal cam oilers/valve cover gaskets. And since we were in there 
replaced: timing chain guides/rails
New Michelins
New brake pads/rotors (Brembo ceramics all the way around, Brembo rotors on 
front & ATE on rear)
B Service at 120,000 miles
Serviced transmission and replaced differential fluid
Painted front & rear bumpers along with bottom plastic rocker panels simply for 
a “refresh”.
ProgRama Inc Rebuilt Vac pump (under rear seat) 
Replaced both seat bladders
Replaced passenger side window regulator
Replaced horn
New battery from MB
Replaced child seat sensor in passenger seat
Replaced rear sway bar links/bushings
Applied 3M invisible protection to both headlamps
Replaced front shocks with Sachs Boge along with sway bar bushings/links

He said the only thing it needs at this point are upper control arms and ball 
joints, he thinks.  He said he noticed some cracks in the rubber bits.

He’s asking $6800 for it, which might be a little on the high side, but not 
much considering it’s so well sorted out.  A really nice car for someone that 
wants a nice W140 that’s been well cared for and has minimal or no issues.

I asked him to give me the rundown on the SDL.  I’ll post it here when I get it 
for further inspection.

The sort of sad thing abut having a long wheelbase car like this is that you 
never get to ride in back….

Dan


> On Sep 3, 2015, at 10:08 AM, Jaime Kopchinski via Mercedes 
> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> In general, Dan, the SDL is everything you love about these cars.  You need
> to get your hands on this one, it sounds great.  Well maintained cars are
> in big demand and get very high prices.
> 
> I'd love to have another myself!
> 
> Jaime
> 
> 
> On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
>> The head was replaced and the engine rebuilt at some time in the car’s
>> past.  I don’t have details yet but I’m getting them shortly.  He says
>> there’s a good 3" thick file folder of service records.
>> 
>> This guy buys really, really nice examples of MBs and then spends whatever
>> necessary to bring them up to 110%.  He’s done this with the intent to keep
>> them, but his business is growing exponentially and he started a family
>> recently.  As you might expect, time available for MB fun and games has
>> pretty much evaporated, so he’s thinning out the herd.
>> 
>> He’s the one I bought the 94 S420 from.  It’s not perfect, but it’s
>> certainly one of the nicest W140s I’ve seen of its vintage in a long time.
>> 
>> Dan
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Sep 3, 2015, at 7:16 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com <javascript:;>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> No, just considering this as a second car if the price would be right.
>>> 
>>> Why, you want the S430?
>>> 
>>> I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again:
>>> 
>>> After the W140 Mercedes became a commodity, I think.  The styling does
>> nothing to distinguish the cars from any others on the road.  The fit and
>> finish isn’t that great, and the build quality is so-so.  Interiors look
>> fake and plasticky, not luxurious.
>>> 
>>> The S430 is a good car, and I’m happy with it as transportation, but
>> unlike models that preceded it, it has no soul.
>>> 
>>> Dan
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On Sep 2, 2015, at 9:44 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com <javascript:;>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> You gonna unload the S430?
>>>> 
>>>> --R (sent from my miniPad)
>>>> 
>>>> On Sep 2, 2015, at 8:39 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com <javascript:;>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> The guy I got my 1994 S420 has a 300SDL he’s looking to get rid of.
>> Like the S420, he poured far more money into it than he did driving time,
>> and it was supposedly as nice or nicer than the S420 when he bought it a
>> few years ago.
>>>> 
>>>> This isn’t the rodbender, is it? What should I look for/ask about?  I
>> know the W126 chassis well, but not the M603 engine or relatedc running
>> gear.
>>>> 
>>>> I may take a look at it in a week or two.  I would really like to get
>> back into a W126, and even better, a diesel.  Back to a simpler time….
>>>> 
>>>> Dan
>>>> 
>>>> 
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