OK, Good News, the SLK is on my lift right now
I got to drive my neighbours Car the 400 miles, and the weather turned bright all the way there, roads were good and we arrived at 1pm.
The Car was parked outside the Guys house, and as soon as I saw it, I didn't immediately go "Oh FFS Arrrrrrgh" !!
After an hour of looking and test driving it was obvious it wasn't exactly as described, However, are they ever !!
What the seller "forgot" to tell me was that there was a dry metallic squeak and rattle from Right Rear Suspension, 2 part worn Chinese Tyres on the left, (which made the copious amounts of surface water interesting on the drive home), the Brakes have an awful judder, (Rear Discs I suspect) and also despite how good his pictures were, the freshly "professionally painted" New Front Wings, (Fenders), were probably painted by Stevie Wonder
They are certainly a shade or 2 off colour matched, but the Car still looks good
There are a few stone chip scabbies, but overall it is a straight Car, and the Vario Roof works faultlessly !!
No signs of water ingress anywhere, apart from the abysmal headlamps, but I could see the left one was moist inside from the pic's above, hence I have already bought DEPO Xenon Projectors which are on their way !!
However, the headlamps pointing at the ground and condensation made the 400 mile journey home a pain in the ass as I was tired, it was p'ing down all the way and pitch black, Wiper Blades were rubbish too, but we (Car and I) got home safely.
Sadly I had forgotten to take a few tools with me, so I couldn't adjust the Headlamps in a layby !!
I noticed the Fuel Gauge said full, and yes, he had filled it up for me
His asking price was £2000, he was a nice guy, so on return to his house, the conversation went like this .........................
Me "Well I like it, and I didn't travel 400 miles to view and get a train home, but I absolutely will if I have to !!
Sadly, although it's one of the better ones I've seen, it isn't exactly fault free is it ?? ....................
Rear Suspension Bushes, Rear Discs, Paint Mismatch, none of which was mentioned on your advert !!"
(He now looks dismayed) ...................
Me again "Bottom line is I will give you £1500 for it"
Him "But I filled it with Petrol"
Me "Yes, and I'm going to spend £500 in parts tomorrow morning" as I pulled out a huge roll of notes from my coat pocket so he could see them ...........................
Him, 5 second silence then "OK then !!"
Result !! I would actually have given him the 2k, but as he didn't disclose those faults I was going to play Hard Ball :wink
Anyways, now she's on the lift there is nothing untoward has surfaced, I had a bit of a hoon in it this morning, the Car came with 8 Litres of MB Oil and an MB Filter, the Oil looked OK, but I'm changing it now, and going to get a list together of the parts left to order, get my number plates on it, dry out and align Headlamps for now, etc etc, then take it out for a run tonight to get take away dinner !!
All the rear suspension arms, it's only one that is FUBAR, but the rest all look the same age, so off to find a Febi Bilstein or Lemfoerder Kit
2 new tyres for the left to match the 2 new decent brand ones on the right
All new rear brakes, Discs, Pads & Park Brakes
All New front brakes, Discs & Pads
Air and Fuel Filters
A brush touch up pencil to prevent the few little stone chips getting worse until I have time to do them properly.
The Car is very good underneath, copious waxoyl by the PO has saved it well
That'll do for now, then I'll fit the already ordered Android Erisin Head Unit, TPMS Kit and Reverse Camera, Stainless Number Plate Surrounds and re badge it to match the PP Number Plate (50) ready for the inevitable V8 transplant next winter.
I'll probably also order some Base Coat and re do those Wings and a couple of other bits when I have the time
SLK Resurrection is underway
I will put some piccies up later