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Up for auction is a 1992
Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.0. Vehicle is
full optioned, including ASR. Nice
color combination….Black Pearl upper, charcoal grey cladding and bumpers,
blue-grey leather inside.
Outstandingly well-maintained and kept, but high miles (186K and
counting....right now it's my "driver") and
(unfortunately) no service records (More on that later.
Odd deal…). I took the car
in on trade from my father recently when he purchased an “S” class I had
around….after selling this 300E to him about a year ago.
Here's a current Carfax report on this car. He’s put about 10K trouble-free miles on the car since purchasing it
last spring. (Carfax shows it not being
"sold" until early July. Must be he drove it for a couple of
months on one of my dealer plates.) Here’s what I know
has been done…because I’ve done it since he/I have owned it.
NEW….not used European headlights (the US-spec headlights in the W124
cars are absolutely, positively abysmal.) He
hated driving it after dark, and that was my fix. They
look especially nice with the Zender front spoiler/fascia that I added, also.
New brake pads/rotors F & R. New
radiator and thermostat and cooling system flush. Four-wheel alignment. Transmission
service/filter. A/C (still R12)
service. Rebuilt (correct) Becker
power antenna (for that matter, it’s not back yet).
New Interstate battery.
The cosmetics are 100% inside and out. It’s
clean, because I’d guess it’s never really been dirty.
Carpet is nice, and they're covered with
a matching set of carpeted mats that are nice, but do show a few battle
scars. Absolutely EVERYTHING works perfectly….cruise, power
options like windows, sunroof, steering column telescope, seat (with memory),
mirrors, climate control system, remote rear headrest controls, central locking
system, and the original correct Becker stereo/cassette (with “code” cards).
clean and dry inside, outside, under the hood,
and under the car. Hood blanket is
Absolutely NO rust ANYWHERE. I
even pulled the rocker cladding off a year ago before I sold it to check behind.
I didn’t want to sell my father a car with “issues” because I’d
just end up fixing them. It’s
NICE. Paint is nice. Not perfect…it’s 10 years old…..and probably 3/4ths
original, but I’ll stand by my description of “nice”.
It starts/runs/drives flawlessly. Buy it and drive in any given direction until you hit an
ocean with absolutely NO worries (if you don’t stop before you hit an ocean,
you’re on your own. Do airbags
count as a life jacket?). You will
purchase it freshly serviced and ready to roll.
It’ll get close to 20 mpg with the cruise set on 80.
Even with the high miles, the engine (and chassis) is perfectly smooth
and quiet. No leaks, no smoke, even
at cold start-up…oil consumption is negligible.
It’s “down” a little when it’s time to change it, but never to
the “add”. It’s tight, quiet,
and fast. It has a good matched set
of Michelin Arctic Alpin tires (easily better than half there)
and cosmetically nice alloys. Trunks is spotless.
Spare is the unused factory original Michelin on an alloy also,
accompanied by the jack and the tool kit still in the plastic bag.
The first aid kit is still in it’s proper place in the rear package
All trim/chrome/etc is nice…..all the grille stripping is straight.
Hood star and grille badge are mint.
Now I’ll attempt to trash it. Inside….the piping on the armrest has a few cracks in it.
The color of the armrest's fine. I
did *something* stupid with Photoshop trying to get that pic lightened up. There
are four hairline cracks in the console wood; two directly behind the shifter,
and two little ones out of the corner of the lr window switch.
The rest of the wood is as new. There
is a tiny ding in the chrome strip in the top of the cladding on the right rear
door. There’s a little scuff on
the black “rub strip” on the rear bumper.
strips on the rocker scuff plates in the door jambs have a few dings/waves.
Trip odometer won’t reset (which seems to be a common ailment…I’ve
seen several MB’s in this era with the same stupidity.)
but the speedometer and “total miles” odometer work fine.
There’s a few stone pecks in the front fenders, hood and the fillers
below the headlights. Nothing obnoxious. It's a nice car, but it's
10 years old and has covered a lot of ground.
a couple small stone pecks in the (original) windshield.
No crack or “bullseye”…just pecks.
There’s a small scuff on one corner of the sunroof.
Not to the metal…just a scar in the paint.
washer/wipers (that operated fine) were removed when I installed the Euro
lights. Not a big deal to us, but
might be to you. If you want them,
you can have ‘em. It's not impossible to
install the US-spec wipers on the Euro lights, but I'm not going to mess with
it. Finally, the rear
section of the exhaust (from the flanged connection under the rear seat to the
rear) will need replacing soon. It’s
not hanging/leaking/missing….it just needs replacing fairly soon. I’m not going to “throw it in”, so please don’t ask.
Service record (ie: lack therof) issues. I
saw the service records and books before I purchased the car a year ago, I
looked through them…..they were complete, and up to date.
ALL of the common W124 issues/glitches had been touched upon….cylinder
head gasket, plug wires, regular tune ups, radio had been replaced under
warranty, brakes, shocks, on and on and on.
This guy had a record of every nickel he’d put in the car since “day
one” (he’d leased it new, then bought it at the end of the lease).
Between the time I looked at the car, and the time I purchased it, while
it was somewhere getting serviced/repaired the leather folder with the manuals,
books, and all the records was stolen out of the door pocket.
True story….but it’s simply my word, so you’ll have to judge the
car on it’s own merits. I did
come up with a (replacement) owner’s manual that comes with it.
It's a well-represented,
nice car.....and the price is right.....SUBSTANTIALLY lower than
"book". Feel free to check www.kbb.com
and keep me honest.
I would consider
ANY QUESTIONS...contact Jim at Everything Automotive,
(989)-235-4000 8:00-6:00 EDT or email email@example.com.
If you have questions, please ask BEFORE you bid. Your bid is binding.
Check my feedback, ask questions, know what you're buying and who you're buying
it from. Bid with confidence. If I decide to be a crook someday,
it'll be like Enron.....I'd consider screwing up my reputation for several
million dollars, but not a lousy few thousand dollars on eBay! I'm honest.
I only ask two things......don't ask the
"reserve" (I will not disclose it) and please don't waste my time, and
I promise not to waste yours. Thanks!
Seller is a licensed and bonded Michigan Vehicle
Dealer. ALL purchasers will pay 6% sales tax, and a
$10 title fee IN ADDITION to your winning bid amount. Sorry about
the sales tax. I don't make the rules....the State of Michigan does.
I've had some questions concerning "Why do I pay
Sales Tax if I live outside of Michigan? It's confusing, I agree.
Here is the page directly from the State
of Michigan's Auto Dealer Handbook
Until reserve is met, Seller reserves the right to end
auction early, and vehicle is subject to prior sale on location.
Vehicle is sold
AS-IS, WHERE-IS with NO warranty expressed or implied. FOB Crystal, MI.
Insured delivery (on open carrier) available within a 250 mile radius available at
10% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit
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hours of auction closing. Balance (cash or cashier's/certified check
ONLY) required within 7 days.