Wall-e
Wall-e MegaDork
11/14/16 6:56 a.m.

I was looking for a 4x4 to use in the snow and around the compound. A police auction has an ML500 with 200k on it. The only thing the description says is runs with a jump. It looks rough but it's still under $500. What expensive horrors should I expect to fix on one.

mazdeuce
mazdeuce UltimaDork
11/14/16 7:08 a.m.

I would be most cautious of air suspension if it has it and price out brakes and tires in the proper sizes. I would worry that a car sitting in custody is behind on wear items.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
11/14/16 7:12 a.m.

At that money you can part it out and be way ahead.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
11/14/16 7:13 a.m.

You should expect the horrors of a old, worn out, German car. They are not like a old, worn out, American car. They are more like a petulant child that needs to be coddled constantly.

HappyAndy
HappyAndy PowerDork
11/14/16 7:15 a.m.

Everything, but for $500 I'd be tempted too.

Mike
Mike Dork
11/14/16 7:15 a.m.

It's been a while since I looked at these. From recollection, these had no showstopper "IMS"-level problems, just a ton of little gremlins. $1200 modules that would short if you spill your soda. That sort of thing.

You can lift it a little with torsion bar adjustments.

For $500, it's hard to take a loss, I'd suspect.

vdubinsd
vdubinsd Reader
11/14/16 5:44 p.m.

make sure it has a working key......that's the vintage (iirc) of lost key=totalled

G_Body_Man
G_Body_Man SuperDork
11/14/16 6:04 p.m.

Which ML500? W163 or W164?

Wall-e
Wall-e MegaDork
11/14/16 6:31 p.m.

In reply to G_Body_Man:

Whichever on was the newer body style. I couldn't get registered on the website and the auction just ended. It looked to run pretty good in the video and sold for $280

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy PowerDork
11/14/16 7:12 p.m.

Some people blow more than that in one evening on hookers and coke.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 PowerDork
11/14/16 7:46 p.m.
Datsun310Guy wrote: Some people blow more than that in one evening on hookers and coke.

You mean Hooker Headers and Coca-Cola, right?

Wall-e
Wall-e MegaDork
11/14/16 7:52 p.m.
Datsun310Guy wrote: Some people blow more than that in one evening on hookers and coke.

They were good times.

SyntheticBlinkerFluid
SyntheticBlinkerFluid UltimaDork
11/14/16 7:52 p.m.

Honestly, I'd buy it for $500 find out what's wrong with it and dump it for $500 if it's a troublemaker.

Wall-e
Wall-e MegaDork
11/14/16 7:55 p.m.

In reply to SyntheticBlinkerFluid:

That was the plan but the website didnt cooperate

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