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KarlC
12-28-2009, 05:19 PM
NOT MY CAR !!!! This is a Craigslist ad:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/1528135581.html


Hi i have a 1994 Mercedes E500 V8 5.0 in good condition it has 147.000 miles for more info please call (510)485-2553 or (510)827-9130

asking price $6000 or best offer please feel free to call .




(Admin Comment: Per the VIN number (WDBEA36E6RC146937), this car was originally Smoke Silver (702) paint / Parchment (275) interior. AutoCheck report added as attachment in June-2012.).

Dan
12-28-2009, 11:49 PM
I would not buy a salvage car because so many things might be wrong with it. The only use for a salvage car for me would be to use the parts from there.

You don't know what the cars condition was prior to being repair so you may have some expensive fixes to take car of.

my 2 cents.

rip
12-29-2009, 12:20 AM
Salvage can mean a bargain, it does not take much for the insurance company to right them off.

gsxr
12-29-2009, 08:20 AM
Yep, I agree... salvage can be a way to pick up a nice car for cheap, but you need to check it out VERY carefully, and expect resale value to be in the toidy. If that were local, I'd probably offer $4k and see what happens. It's probably worth almost that much as a running parts car, although I wouldn't part it out unless it was wrecked. Shame there aren't better photos.

Karl, do you have the VIN from this car? Was it originally gray paint with black interior, or vice versa?

:5150:

KarlC
12-29-2009, 08:27 AM
I would not buy a salvage car because so many things might be wrong with it. The only use for a salvage car for me would be to use the parts from there.

You don't know what the cars condition was prior to being repair so you may have some expensive fixes to take car of.

my 2 cents.

I called an talked to the owner when I first saw the add, he said the car was vandalized (not in a wreck) and the insutance did not want to pay to have it fixed right. He also has before and after photos if anyone is interested. A big turn off for me is the repaint of the wrong color, but could be a fun play car for someone.

gerryvz
12-30-2009, 06:09 AM
You have to be VERY diligent on the research with salvage title cars. If the damage is minor (such as a fender or other sheet metal, no frame or glass or structural damage) and can be repaired, and is a compelling car, it would be worth fixing and keeping even with a salvage title.

My 1987 560SL (currently 49,000 miles, California car 1-owner from new) has a salvage title because the driver's side A-pillar was bent, and windshield was broken (high hit somehow) but no body sheet metal was damaged. Driver's side fender and door were removed to replace the A-pillar with the last remaining one that MB had in Germany. Windshield glass and new dashboard installed. Very difficult and expensive task because of the time required to do this (correctly). However, a pristine 40K mile car would have been parted out if this hadn't been done.

I got the car (even with the work done to repair the A-pillar) for less than half that an equivalent non-salvage-titled car would be. Do I mind? No, because the car runs perfect, is cosmetically excellent (the new seat leather, center console wood, rear jump-seat and new soft-top I installed help, of course). And because the car is fairly rare in this mileage/condition, I plan to keep it for many years to come, and even with a salvage title it is now fully depreciated and now increasing in value. 560SLs (last four years' production) are the most desirable R107s but were only ever available in a few countries.

Cheers,
Gerry

KarlC
12-30-2009, 08:12 AM
Yep, I agree... salvage can be a way to pick up a nice car for cheap, but you need to check it out VERY carefully, and expect resale value to be in the toidy. If that were local, I'd probably offer $4k and see what happens. It's probably worth almost that much as a running parts car, although I wouldn't part it out unless it was wrecked. Shame there aren't better photos.

Karl, do you have the VIN from this car? Was it originally gray paint with black interior, or vice versa?

:5150:

I dont have the vin, the owner was honest and told the story of the car right away, when he said it was gray/black before and now white I was no longer intrested. He said he has more photos also.

PS - the price has already been lowered to 5K

gsxr
02-02-2010, 09:52 AM
Drastic price reduction - down to $3500. Good thing it's not closer to me, lol.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/1580057227.html

1994 mercedes e500 148,000 miles SALVAGE TITLE , need some transmission work, sun roof is not working, everything else is good for more info please call (510)485-2553

asking price is 3500 OBO

Probably too much effort to fix cosmetically. Would be great to turn into a track car.


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Glen
02-02-2010, 10:05 AM
Wow...that is very tempting!

gsxr
02-02-2010, 10:52 AM
Yeah, tell me about it. If it runs pretty well and is straight... definitely tempting. I'd probably gut it and stick a roll cage in there, lol.

:5150:

Prime
02-03-2010, 06:46 AM
I don't see how this could be a bad deal. I'm paying almost this much for some maintenance on my car today. If it was closer to me I'd be all over it.

Glen
02-03-2010, 08:12 AM
I don't see how this could be a bad deal. I'm paying almost this much for some maintenance on my car today. If it was closer to me I'd be all over it.

I agree. I just don't have the money, time, or space for another "project" right now. :(

gsxr
02-03-2010, 08:49 AM
Same here, Glen. The primary drawback is the distance (650 miles), especially if the car isn't driveable (dunno what "transmission needs work" really means). Otherwise, I'd probably pick it up & just park it for some point in the future when I had time and/or money. I could make space for an 036 if I had to!


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archiguy
02-03-2010, 09:03 PM
It's very tempting for a running (almost) parts car! but paint job and gaps looks lousy even in those lousy photos.
Somebody in the area should jump on it!

KarlC
02-04-2010, 08:42 AM
Somone got thier eye on it and doing a 5spd swap to it

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w124-e- ... ble-2.html (http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w124-e-ce-d-td-class/1498636-e500-manual-conversion-ever-done-possible-2.html)

gsxr
04-28-2010, 06:19 PM
It's back again, at more than twice the price:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/1714898625.html


1994 Mercedes E500 - $8000 (oakland downtown)
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Date: 2010-04-28, 12:50PM PDT
Reply to: sale-wvxf7-1714898625@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
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Built in collaboration with Porsche, the Mercedes E500 was based on the popular 300E model that had been released in 1986. Each E500 was transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche's Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen during assembly and hand built, taking eighteen days to complete each model. It was produced between 1992 and 1994 in which time approximately 7,200 cars were built.

The 1994 Mercedes E500 includes a number of standard features: power four-wheel disc brakes with ABS; cruise speed control; power windows; two-wheel read drive; traction control; power sunroof; theft deterrent system; driver side and passenger side air bags; rear defroster; front fog lights; front and rear shoulder seatbelts; power driver seat; leather seats; radio AM/FM with cassette; and power steering.

The 1994 E500, with its standard 5.0L 8-cylinder 315 hp gas engine, and four-speed automatic transmission.

The car has 147,000 miles

in very good condition

salvage title


FOR MORE INFOMATION PLEASE CALL (510)827-9130 Sabir

Glen
04-29-2010, 12:24 AM
Here's another white '94 with salvage title. This one is in Los Angeles and has a black interior. Looks pretty good in the pix.
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/ct ... 07420.html (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/1705807420.html)

T-500
04-29-2010, 02:05 AM
Here's another white '94 with salvage title. This one is in Los Angeles and has a black interior. Looks pretty good in the pix.
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/ct ... 07420.html (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/1705807420.html)
I think I've seen these pics before. The door panels have obviously just been wiped down. They look wet with dry patches around the wood.
Maybe whole interior is dryed out and just wiped over for the pics???

gsxr
04-29-2010, 10:27 AM
I contacted the seller, he installed a rebuilt tranny, it has a 1-year warranty... that's probably the main reason for the price increase. I'm waiting for additional info...

:5150:

gsxr
05-03-2010, 09:32 AM
Another price change, now from $8000 to $7000 and the Craigslist ad has expanded to both Los Angeles and Sacramento:

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/1721617205.html

I was a lot more interested at $3500, lol. The seller never got back to me with the VIN.

gsxr
05-13-2010, 01:03 PM
The car is now totalled:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pts/1736430976.html

Gerry, for your records: WDBEA36E6RC146937

mercedes e500 - $1 (oakland east)

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Date: 2010-05-11, 7:08PM PDT
Reply to: sale-jzhsr-1736430976@craigslist.org
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i have a 1994 mercedes e500 and i just wracked it last night so i decided to part it out i have all the parts that you need engine and transmission works excellent ill take off any part that you need and will deliver it for a small fee "if in the area" for more info please call me and if i don't answer leave me a message (510)827-9130

gsxr
05-22-2010, 03:15 PM
Now on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... 0393166836 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130393166836)

J. M. van Swaay
05-26-2010, 07:27 AM
I had a phone conversation and email exchange with the seller. I was interested in the passenger seat as it is the same trim code as my car. I was planning to use the left backrest side panel to repair my drivers seat......

Seller claims leather is in very good condition. He emailed me a very very poor picture. Even in the poor picture I could see significant leather damage.

This might be an opportunity to score some parts, but I would not rely on the seller accurately describing condition.

Just my two cents worth.

J. M. van Swaay

gsxr
06-15-2010, 07:50 AM
More photos.

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/pts/1792652123.html

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/pts/1792648842.html