Tamerlane’s Thoughts Mercedes W126 300SE buyers guide/ owner interview

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

W126 300SE buyers owner interview

TT: You chose a Of all the W126s, why that one? Why engine? Why not the long wheelbased

TB: The 300SE model was the least W126 offered for the years They started at about or so at the time (that’s still a bit for late 1980s dollars!). interior trimmings were the as offered on the longer wheelbased and engine cars (maybe

for heated seats, fanfare and a few other small details).

always been not too fond of the nor most powerful variants. I tend to go for powerplants that are and mostly bulletproof in design. The 3.0 inline six motor (M103 gets the job done nicely for me I mostly am a cruising type of I don’t need a big V8 engine and the associated with it. Of all the W126 I have always enjoyed the of the short wheelbase sedans and the most. Their stylist, Sacco, conceived of a timeless for me. You see elements of the W126 design in the luxury segment cars of the 1980s (i.e. Lexus The long wheelbase sedan is if you carry passengers in the back but since I mostly drove my alone, I did not see a need to buy a car with six longer back doors.

TT: How did you this example? Tell us your buying experience.

TB: I had looking casually on all the popular car sites for months but never a 300SE that suited my (low mileage, documented superior condition in and out). visiting a friend in Los Angeles, I to be using his computer and saw a listing on Motors for a 1989 300SE. It was for from a used car dealership in CA. After the car did not sell through listing, I contacted the dealer and a promptly emailed me dozens of

I liked what I saw, so I the salesman back and asked him to the car for me. He told me he would keep the car in the lot until I could come and a peek at it. Several days I flew down to LA and drove to Surprising to me, the salesman had the car waiting for me in the lot just like he said he do. For a twenty year old car when I it, you would be hard pressed to that the car was driven much at all nor outside that long. I the car, looked over and handed over the money. it needed a minor tuneup, I it back to San Jose with no

TT: What issues should a W126 buyer look

TB: If you are interested in W126 Mercedes-Benz you should be aware of a few things to be on the for when inspecting them. mechanicals for the six and eight cylinder are durable, but the M103 six cylinder to develop head gasket in a certain top corner of the block. the head gasket will to be replaced. The eight cylinder should have their chains and tensioners replaced at intervals, so make sure it has done and documented. Suspension and bushings tend to wear out on cars causing creaks, and other kinds of sloppiness driving the car. So be aware if any of type of work has been or needs attention. Another to be aware of is the AC system. The W126 had an climate control unit vacuum pods mounted in the to actuate the myriad of flaps send cooled or heated air the cabin. If the AC system is not working on a car interested in, either have it out (and the whole car, before you make a big mistake. could be any number of parts in the or under the hood.

Here is a great site if you are in W126s. If you are not mechanically inclined, get a PPI on any possible purchase.

For other of the USA, body corrosion is a problem (this was not the case for my however).

TT: What’s up with the chrome wheels? Did they as a factory option? Why don’t I see around anymore?


TB: The factory 15 chrome wheels on my car were not a option. These chromed wheels were installed by the or owners in the USA. You typically see European W126s with chrome alloys — not did the factory not like this but I been informed that the car not pass its TUV (inspection) in Germany chromed alloys wheels.

the plating process weakens the wheel and after years of and brake dust, the chrome starts to flake off and allow air to escape around the bead. with my car in great cosmetic the chrome wheels did have a flaking here and there.

The reason you hardly see these wheels around anymore is due to and flaking of the plating. You can still buy chromed alloy wheels but I’ve also been that once chrome the alloy wheels can not be rechromed a time. So, if you really want then look forward to about $1K or more for a set (and be about which company did the

TT: How is the maintenance? The cost of parts and

TB: Maintenance can go both ways on cars: you get a car that constantly work because something or broke (because the car was neglected) or you get a car was always maintained by a conscientious and needs minimal work/parts/upkeep.

The part of looking out for W126 is that they were purchased by people who could to maintain them properly. of W126s have been up by sloppy owners and mechanics the years, but there is still a number of these cars owned by their original who appreciate them for their engineering and high build — and they keep examples in beautiful condition. are the cars to buy when the owners up driving due to age or they pass and leave their estate to be off. My 300SE fell this category.

But, cost are not too expensive and there are parts shops online sell a vast array of OEM or spares for these cars. and Peachparts.com are good resources. It to talk to some owners to get a idea of the preferred quality (if you can’t get OEM or it’s too $$$ for your

I had my W126 maintained and repaired at a independent shop (MB Garage ) in City, CA. The labor charge per was not cheap, but the techs knew trade and did not recommend any unnecessary I generally knew what of attention or service my car needed, so I brought it in there were no The nice thing about place was that I was always a W123 300D (they a fleet of W123s as loaner to drive around while my car service work. It rode but talk about a noisy

TT: You’re a big Citroen guy. about the W126 attracted

TB: I’ve always been a car By now, you know my first is the Citroen DS. I’ve always the W126 series Mercedes as as most MB series from the It is the engineering that I am drawn I could spend hours over all the little details on the car closing the doors just so I can the firm noise they when closing, looking the hood at the double firewall, or inside on the firm yet springy

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I like how you can tell the car was designed to MB principles of its time as opposed to principles.

TT: When did Mercedes its ways?

TB: The Mercedes-Benz that I as what an MB should be changed the early 1990s. Mercedes upwards of $1 billion to design and the W140 model (the for the W126). I have heard there was much consternation in the to sell this model to a point after spending much to develop it. Consequently, the model introduced, Mercedes to decontent as the years went by.

I still feel that the W124 and early W140 that Mercedes lost of its respect from me.

TT: What did you the most about your The least?

TB: What I enjoyed about my W126 300SE is no one (myself included) could it for anything other than a big luxury sedan. And for my car in particular, it was one of the specimens of the W126 that I find. I originally bought it so it could be my work vehicle days a week, but eventually I it maybe once a week and it under a cover the rest of the One thing that I really about my 300SE was the color it was Smoke Silver with a (in Germany it’s called or date) colored leather These are two colors that I associate with Mercedes and no car maker.

What I least about my 300SE: it kinda soul as well as it had kind of a driving experience. Driving well made sedan was but it was not quite the experience for stirring my

TT: Tell us about your cars, past and present.

TB: my daily driver is a white VW Passat 2.0T that I new in Arizona and drove back to the Bay It was one of only a few on the West Coast I find at that time both a manual transmission and package. It’s been a and economical car for me.

I also used to have a VW Passat and two pearl white Toyotas that I bought but in great condition: a 1988 with a maroon leather and a 1987 Supra Turbo a navy leather interior and speed manual transmission.

of course, I’ve had some I’ve previously owned DS’s (not all at once but up to three at one time) and a 1963 sedan. I now have a 1969 Pallas at Hanzel’s Auto Works in Oakland, CA getting a at the moment — hopefully it be finished before next arrives.

TT: Why do you love cars?

TB: since my teens I’ve into cars — I taking them apart, at all the bits, cleaning them up, and it back together again. neat to see cars, looking at how are made and engineered, and understand a bit about the people and cultures where these cars manufactured.

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