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    SOLD: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...-benz-500e-17/

    VIN = WDBEA36EXNB783636

    1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

    This 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E is finished in Black Pearl Metallic over Parchment Cream-Beige leather and was acquired by the seller from its original owner 15 years ago. Power is supplied by a 5.0-liter DOHC V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Approximately $38k of receipts begin in 2004 and cover the recent installation of a rebuilt DME unit, a new belt and tensioner, as well as a tune-up and transmission service. The car has been driven daily by the seller, who has added around 93k of the 193k indicated miles during his ownership. This W124 is now being offered for sale with the records, a Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

    Sheet metal wears a Black Pearl Metallic finish with gray lower body cladding. An accident involving rear impact with another vehicle is listed on the Carfax report, though further details of the incident are unavailable. The trunk received touch-up paint in 2008, and the seller notes some rock chips on the front passenger-side fender flare as well as surface rust under the spare tire. US-market headlamps and wipers are retained, and aftermarket tint has been applied to the windows. 17” Monoblock-style wheels have been refinished and are wrapped in a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. A stock 16” slotted wheel is equipped as the spare.

    4-place sport seats are trimmed in Parchment leather and are heated and power-adjustable up front. Matching carpets are protected by black rubber floor mats, and a replacement headliner has been installed. The seller notes some driver’s bolster wear as well as some cracks in the burled wood trim. A modern Sony head unit has been installed in place of the factory Becker stereo. The A/C system has a leak but is said to blow cold when fully charged. Under 193k miles are shown on the 6-digit odometer, approximately 93k of which were added by the seller.

    The rear sun shade does not retract, and a replacement mechanism is included in the sale along with new climate control buttons. When new, the 5.0L DOHC V8 produced 322 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. A tune-up was performed in August 2018, which is said to have included a rebuilt DME unit as well as a new belt and tensioner. The transmission and differential were serviced in May 2018 and an oil change was performed.

    A new cat-back exhaust and fuel pumps have been installed, and the seller notes a hydraulic hose leak. The car passed a California emissions test in March 2017, and additional underside photos can be viewed in the gallery below. Approximately $38k of receipts beginning in 2004 are included in the sale.




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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    In a strange way, this should be a good market check, just because the car is not flip worthy. If you buy this car, you’re likely to get a good 500E experience, not pay too much of a premium to get into it, nor reap much of a premium getting out of it. High miles, accident, well cared for. Maybe that was a $10k car when I bought, I’d expect $15k now. That is, 1/2 of the doubling effect we’ve seen the past 5-7 years (which would have had this as a $20k car) has been predicated upon the premiums (in and out) which are probably not present in this car.

    We shall see.

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    P.S. May ‘92 build, yellow emissions sticker. I’m guessing calendar year ‘92 was the cutoff for yellow emissions stickers, just because that’s likely how the EPA mandated it.
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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    Dang, it's raining 036's on BaT! This one looks pretty nice overall considering the miles. A few observations from the photos:

    • Trunk badge is misplaced (paintwork?)
    • Rear end looks abnormally high to me (SLS spheres failing, or just in needed of SLS adjustment?)
    • Headlight trim panels mis-aligned (weird)
    • Inside fuel filler cap - is it just me, or has the car been repainted? Looks like a masking line.
    • Wheels are replicas, but kudos for new Michelins instead of no-name rubber
    • Typical cracked wood / leather wear from 200kmi (Madera and GAT / GAHH to the rescue!)
    • Bummer the radio isn't factory.
    • Next owner may want to replace that old coolant tank+sensor proactively
    • Foam gasket at leading edge of hood is tired (easy fix)
    • Undercarriage looks very clean, as expected for a mostly-SoCal car, just some dents in the spare tire well
    • Rear exhaust was replaced with 400E items (weird)



    Could be a good buy for someone looking for a nice DD.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    Not a bad car at all. Great looking driver.

    I like them rubber mats, tho not in a 500E.
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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    I have Benz 124 all weather mats in mine. Plays well with the Grey and Black on the interior. Not so much with earth tones. These aren’t the factory ones though. If I had cream beige on the interior, I’d go with Cocomats.

    The rear on this car was where the accident was, way back in ‘97. Yes, GSXR, that looks like a mask line inside the fuel filler compartment.

    I also wonder if the 400E exhaust treatment doesn’t leave more voice from the engine. Might actually be a good sounding option — smaller resonator and muffler, but still MB OE.

    But all in, still looks a decent $15k (minus maybe $2500) car to me. Next year, maybe even $10k, which would leave a new owner smiling while they replace the wood and seat covers, maybe even hunt for wheels.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    I have the OE MB rubber all-weather mats in my daily drivers, both 124 and 210. They are really nice. I have the dealer "velours" carpet in my 036's since those don't get driven in wet weather, and it saves a few pounds of weight as well.No Coco mats when you're ballin' on a budget.

    I'm curious what the reserve is on this particular car, but I'll speculate it ends up bidding toward the upper teens. Six months ago it may have gone into the 20's. GAT leather plus new bottom cushions will be ~$1500 plus labor, Madera wood refinish probably ~$1k for most of the center console pieces? The wheels are not my cup of tea but are easily replaced. I wonder what the wheel width / offset is. Still no word on the mysterious DME (has to be one of the compute rmodules, but which one? DM or something else?)


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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    Madeira has raised their prices — substantially. I’d say that a full set of E500E wood will run north (perhaps well north) of $1,500. Possibly $2K.

    No Madeira for those ballin’ on a budget.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    Seriously? What is Madera charging these days? Last I recall was ~$300 or so per piece. Of course they have no pricing info on their website.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    Wow... and that’s AFTER you pay to get the wood out, unless your a DIYer. I’d probably end up sending them wood chips, which is why my wood will likely stay where it is. Car spends most of its life in a garage anyway, so the wood is in decent nick. Mine has all weathers because 1 out of every 3 trips includes the beach. Same for the M3. The only car that sees any real weather is the Allroad, which of course has factory all weathers.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    I’m sure that folks here who have done Madeira in the past three months or so can chime in, but I’m hearing a full $2K+ these days for C126 wood sets. Used to be $1200-1500 back in the day.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    FWIW, I had paid a one man shop in San Diego for my C126 wood, and it was $750 plus shipping I paid for. I am completely satisfied and if I every switch from Piano Black as my care came with to Burl - I would use them again. Not sure his prices. If interested send me a PM and I will give you the contact info. One man craftsman, will not be a 7 day process unless his workload is not backed up.



    Since we are posting, I will just post the website and you can see for yourself. Igor is an honest guy in my experience and again, I am pleased with my wood and the quality of the end results.

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    Re: FS: 1992 500E, Pearl Black/Cream-Beige, 193kmi, BaT (Long Beach, CA)

    SOLD for $15,750 including the Buyer's vig.
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