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    FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    W124 Mercedes Benz 500E
    FOR SALE: $15,000.00

    VIN = WDBEA36E4NB778111

    Year Manufacture: MAY 1992, (171,883 +/- Miles)
    Vehicle Identification Number: WDBEA36E4NB778111
    Paint Code: 249 SPRUCE GREEN METALLIC
    Interior Code: 275 PARCHMENT LEATHER
    No Rust: A 2-owner California Car

    Comprehensive and Documented Car History from 34 miles to present.
    Purchased from the Dealer in Sept. 1992: South Bay Autohaus, Torrance Ca.
    1st Ownership: Sept. 25, 1992 to Nov. 18, 2009; (34 miles to 146,313 miles)
    2nd Ownership: Nov. 2009 to Present; (146,313 miles to 171,861 miles)

    Performed at: 155,000 miles:
    -Replaced Radiator, upper and lower radiator hoses
    -Replaced / updated with OEM wiring Harness (a $600 item) lower harness included
    -Replaced with OEM/Beru Ignition Wires, new Parking brake shoes (need adjustment)
    -Replaced with OEM serpentine belt, Oil dipstick
    -Periodic oil change every 2K miles using only Mobil1 5W40 synthetic oil
    -Tune up, all filters and fluids, spark plugs, ignition caps/rotors, oxygen sensor

    Modifications at 166,200 miles:

    SUSPENSION
    -Replaced front struts with Bilstein Sports (V36-0365)
    -Replaced all 4 coil springs with shortened H & R (29855) HD springs
    -Replaced coil Shims with new 18 mm. Rubber Pads
    -Replaced front Lower control arms with late model Front OEM LCAs
    -Replaced Rear lower control arms with shortened Rear OEM LCAs by RDMTEK

    BRAKES (Conversion using Silver arrow kit)
    -Front Brembo Aluminum 4-piston Brake Calipers
    -Zimmermann cross-drilled front rotors (334mm. x 32mm.)
    -Rear Ate (SA) cast iron Brake Calipers
    -Zimmermann cross-drilled rear rotors (300mm. x 22mm.)
    -Akebono Front & Rear Ceramic disc Pads (minimal residue)
    -Goodridge SS Brake line hoses, Blue Ate Brakes Racing Fluid used

    MISCELLANEOUS (Updated to W124 í94-í95 Look)
    -Updated to í95 Hood and Trunk
    -Updated to newer W140 OEM Grille (rare and expensive)
    -Set of 5 Carlsson (1/6 model, German made, period correct) 18Ē aluminum rims
    -Updated Bosch/Hella Headlamps (500E specific)
    -Newer SLK Steering wheel (a bit smaller in diameter and fatter pads)
    -Updated to newer Rear Light Lenses

    Performed lately at: 171,861 miles:
    -Changed oil, new battery, wheel alignment, New front top Strut mounts, passed current smog check.

    NOTES:
    -I feel this is the time to part with my 500E, the car has been seating idly in my carport for 3 years, a period when I have been recuperating from a mild stroke.
    -The above description is self-explanatory, however the car needs a new paint job and lately I suspect a tranny issue (though it is due for a transmission oil change). I started to canvass the $1.5K replacement tranny from Sun Valley.
    -The car is in the City of Laguna Woods, Southern California. The evo wheels in the picture is excluded in the deal. I have an RDMTEK Adjustable Camber adaptable to this car for extra $750.

    Manny Aquino Email: mannynaquino@gmail.com
    Phone: 949 922 7296 (text only please)



    PS. I can not upload the car pictures (I don't know how), but I am sure to send you some pics when you give me your email address.
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    Re: FOR SALE 1992 500E, $15,000 172K MILES, 2-OWNER CALIFORNIA CAR W/ COMPLETE HISTORY

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Hi Manny,

    Sorry to hear about your stroke. Something like that can sure dampen your enthusiasm about cars and a lot of other stuff. It sounds like someone could get a pretty good deal on your car at your expense. You have installed some nice upgrades to your car along with replacing a lot of stock stuff. The trans may just need an adjustment along w/ new fluid & filter. If not Sun Valley would be next.

    As far as showing us some pictures in your thread. If you have a computer or access to one. When posting your thread go to ‘Go Advanced’ and then ‘Manage Attachments’ go find your pictures and upload them. Be sure to edit and downsize the pixels on your photos first. Something like 800x400. This will ensure 500Eboard will accept.

    Jeff (Captruff) is close by. Maybe he could help you out.

    Anyway, Good Luck w/ the Sale
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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Ugh. Why are you in California?
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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Quote Originally Posted by Harv View Post
    Ugh. Why are you in California?
    Transport is a very small part of the purchase price, anywhere in the lower 48 states. This looks like an awfully attractive deal for a rust-free CA car... just need to get some photos uploaded!


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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Thanks Terry, The car pictures uploading are sure to follow. The feeling of a heavy heart engulfs me whenever I visit the carport, I miss my 500E already. However, I really feel it's time to pass responsible ownership of this tremendous car, besides, I am almost 70 years old already. I am retaining ownership of my 1986 16-valve, so I won't be leaving the car scene anytime soon. It has been a little intimidating for me lately when my "better half" some kinda threaten to donate the 500E to charity, I believe her because that's exactly what she did with my Nissan SE-R, 2-1/2 years ago when I got sick. ANY SYMPHATIZERS WATCHING OUT THERE? DON'T LAUGH BECAUSE IT MIGHT JUST HAPPEN TO YOU, I HOPE NOT! Cheers to everyone!!!

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    If the Title to my Lotus wasn't in my name, the wife surely would have made good on her threats to get it off the books.

    In order to maintain full control of the fleet, I haven't added her name to any of the cars' paperwork. Ever.
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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Photos from Manny have been added to his original post of this thread.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Am definitely very interested. Would like to see more pics. Has anyone on the board seen this car in person? Sounds like a lot of the right things have been done.I have wanted one for years, but since I am retired, donít have extra money for large unexpected repairs. Input, anyone?

    Jono, can you comment?


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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    A lot of us have seen Manny's car at various meets and such, but some of the SoCal folks would have to chime in.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Thanks. Based on my limited knowledge, I would have a reserve for taking care of needs. Just donít want to be hit with very expensive foreseeable maintenance or repair(s)...


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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    I hate surprises when buying a used car (I normally keep my expectations low unless I have limitless funds to acquire a mint one), having said that, I have been upfront about the car's condition. If I keep this car any longer, the first thing I would do is to get a $1.5k tranny from Sun Valley to rid myself of worries about tranny related slippage/warning light, then I would have a repaint - clear coat is gone on top of roof/hood/trunk. Interior and seats are in pretty decent shape except the driver's side outer bolster which is showing it's age. No other major issues as far as I know, I have not driven the car since more than 2-1/2 years ago, and oh...the sliding moonroof needs a manual assist to open and close (lubrication?). I'll try to take more pictures next time.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Thanks, Manny. Am looking forward to more pics. I bought a rebuilt tranny for my 81 300SD about ten years ago and it worked flawlessly for the balance of the the time I owned it..


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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    A lot of us have seen Manny's car at various meets and such, but some of the SoCal folks would have to chime in.
    It's been years since I've seen Manny's car but it was in nice condition as I recall. And I can say that Manny himself is an upfront guy, meaning I wouldn't have any qualms about buying a car from him.
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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

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    Am definitely very interested. Would like to see more pics. Has anyone on the board seen this car in person? Sounds like a lot of the right things have been done.I have wanted one for years, but since I am retired, donít have extra money for large unexpected repairs. Input, anyone?

    Jono, can you comment?


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    I cannot comment on the car. When it comes to these, I think youíre buying the owner as much as the car. And at this price point for these miles, I think people here would vouch for Manny. I get the sense this is a great car for the money. Sure it needs a paint job and a trans can always help. If you want a mint one, I donít think this is it. The Maine car (123k miles, RENNtech mods, silver over black, asking $25k) would be my choice for that. But if you want a good, solid car that you can tinker with and improve along the way, and you like this color, Iíd be all over it.

    I bought a car that didnít need a trans, then mishandled it so that it did need one, spent the money, and am now glad I did. A 20year old transmission cannot compete with a rebuilt one, let alone one with first gear start and upgraded peripherals. Marc at Sun Valley knows what those are, and you can go along for that ride.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Meant to add the tranny was from Sun Valley. Do you have a trusted mechanic to do the swap? Since I am staying on the opposite side of the country, my usual mechanics are not an option...
    Or, can anyone recommend a trusted, reasonably priced mechanic in the Kingsburg (Fresno) area?

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Quote Originally Posted by dcotejr View Post
    Meant to add the tranny was from Sun Valley. Do you have a trusted mechanic to do the swap? Since I am staying on the opposite side of the country, my usual mechanics are not an option...
    Or, can anyone recommend a trusted, reasonably priced mechanic in the Kingsburg (Fresno) area?

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Glen and maw - thanks. I agree about the person being the most important. I have dealt with Jonathan Hodgeman in Atlanta for many years, and bought my 350SDL through him. If Jono tells me something, I trust him implicitly. I have never gone wrong that way...

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    BTW, am not interested in mint. Am looking for a solid driving experience...

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Email sent, I can be in OC tomorrow.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Here are some additional photos of the car, and of some great spare parts, as provided by Manny.
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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    JUST SOLD THE CAR TODAY FOR THE FULL ASKING VALUE! Thank you for those who have shown interest when I'm selling the car. For you guys who have vouched for me specially Gerry, Dave, Maw, Glen and Terry, my sincerest appreciation, I can not thank you enough. Wow, that sale was quite a smooth and pleasant experience for me! I am happy for the new owner- Sam (who happens to own another 500E already), a nice "car guy" who promised to send me pictures once the car is fully restored, I encouraged him to join the EBoard. This is Manny

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Congrats Manny,

    Sorry to see you leave the board. Less stress is best for you. Good luck with your recovery.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    I'm not leaving the board Terry, I'll try to stick around as much as I can. With some experience in procuring parts for my W201 recently, I think I can still contribute a bit.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Congratulations Manny, that's awesome to hear. I hope everyone is happy with the transaction and we gain a new member. Your contributions and friendship have been very much appreciated over the years! Hope you continue to be a regular here.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Spruce Green/Creme Beige, 172kmi, $15K (Laguna Woods, CA)

    Manny, glad to hear you sold the car successfully. Been out of pocket for a number of days... Wish you the best with your recovery...

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