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How much have you spent on your W116?

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thysonsacclaim

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How much have you spent on your W116?
« on: 11 August 2010, 02:16 AM »
As you all may well know, I am new to the W116 world. I have toyed with a few other vehicles in the past, but never a W116. I have also looked at the prices for everything from trim pieces, window motors, hoods, doors, TPS, MPS, injectors... you name it. Trying to assess the situation.

I'm not looking to make a profit, but I'm not looking to go into the poor house either  ;D

So how much have you spent on your W116? For those with more than one, perhaps your favorite(s) 116. I'll start off...

Model: 1974 450SEL
When bought: 08/03/2010
Amount paid for car: $900
Amount spent on car thus far: $68 for oil and filter
What still needs to be done: New grille, new sway bars, some new hoses, D-Jet adjustments
(hopefully no parts), new timing chain, fix some rust issues, clean fuel tank, new fuel filter, new shocks, new speedo cable, new/clean master cylinder, new pads, new trunk emblem, new AC hose, perhaps some other things I haven't found yet.
Other comments: Staying in the realm of my student budget will require me to learn a lot about things which I have never done.

Total: $968 and counting...

And a picture:

« Last Edit: 11 August 2010, 02:21 AM by thysonsacclaim »
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #1 on: 11 August 2010, 02:30 AM »
On my 450SEL, far too much money, but not enough;

Car was purchased for $1800AUD, then I have spent a subsequent 5-6k on parts and servicing.

I replaced, or had replaced;

Timing chain, guides, tensioner.
Tie rod ends.
New dist cap and rotor.
Rebuilt heads.
Tailshaft refurb.
All intake rubber parts replaced.
Front brake calipers.
Rear brake pads.
Engine mounts and all that jazz.

Standard service items are incl. in the above figure.

On my 6.9, well cosmetically it lookes like a POS and it doesn't run too well at the moment, but;

I have spent upwards of 10k on it after purchase, but with the exception of the CIS and front end, i reckon it is nearly up to scratch.

Lots of money can be spent on these cars, and I'm usually broke, but I love it. 8)

Tim
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Big_Richard

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #2 on: 11 August 2010, 02:59 AM »
easily well over 50k and its still and always will be a 10k car  8)

I dont care, its a hobby.

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #3 on: 11 August 2010, 03:01 AM »
I couldn't list from memory all the things that have been done to mine, and haven't summed it all for some time. Probably around the 6 or 7k mark.  actually if I thought about it it's probably much higher.  I don't do much of the mechanical work myself though.

The thing is, I could easily spend another 40k on it and the car would never be worth more than 10k.

I budget for about 3k per year spend...
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #4 on: 11 August 2010, 03:02 AM »
easily well over 50k and its still and always will be a 10k car  8)

I dont care, its a hobby.

Indeed, it's about the fun, and the amusement. Life without such hobbies would be rather boring.

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #5 on: 11 August 2010, 03:08 AM »
You can go blow 60k on a used w220 which will probably start to fall to pieces in another 5 years tops, or have something that's built to last  - clearly because they're still around..

Cars for the majority are never good investments so you might as well get something you enjoy ;)


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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #6 on: 11 August 2010, 03:15 AM »
Cars = bad investment. Unless you're Jay Leno. Or Nathan.
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #7 on: 11 August 2010, 03:21 AM »
I for some reason couldnt help thinking of Nathan when there was a discussion about "10cm"

for some reason, he came to mind instantly  ::)

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #8 on: 11 August 2010, 04:05 AM »
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easily well over 50k and its still and always will be a 10k car

I dont care, its a hobby.

I like this train of thought. My purpose was never to have an investment. I've only had the car for a little more than a week and I think I could easily become obsessed with it, to some degree.

I enjoy working on it and, while I don't like it when things go wrong, I do enjoy solving problems. What concerns me more than money is time  ;D
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #9 on: 11 August 2010, 04:50 AM »
thysonsacclaim, I know what you should spend some money on. Get rid of that horrible American bumper and replace it with one that it was designed with. Those big things are extremely vile.

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #10 on: 11 August 2010, 04:56 AM »
"Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man." ;)

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #11 on: 11 August 2010, 05:56 AM »
Hi guys no car is an investment this time around with my 6.9 i have spent so far this year $1500 to fit motor from Goldie 2 $3800 for extractors and exhaust $7400 fitting injectors and tunning with other parts that over the previous 5 years had gone walkies >:( plus another $2000 on parts ps motec computer i allready had $3500 plus $3200 to buy goldie 2 ohyeah still not on the road ;D
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #12 on: 11 August 2010, 06:05 AM »
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thysonsacclaim, I know what you should spend some money on. Get rid of that horrible American bumper and replace it with one that it was designed with. Those big things are extremely vile.

I find it refreshing when a new member waits until their 2nd post before posting something caustic like this...

If I remember correctly, the OP asked a question - "How much have you spent on your W116", not "tell me what you don't like about my car and how to spend my money"

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #13 on: 11 August 2010, 06:16 AM »
i would have to agree that the only way to remotely justify the  money spent is as a hobby. 10k and counting. not yet on the road. rec. ret. 2-3k

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #14 on: 11 August 2010, 06:50 AM »
Geez, give me some time to settle back in. Just landed in wa after 6 months in melbourne. 4000km plus in the 230e w123 in 4 days. Took some pics on the slur I'll post when my home broadband I'd setup.

As for the original question. I reckon I'm upwards of 20-30k over the last decade of ownership. Locally, major Tom leads by example with a ferocious dedication to factory parts. If it weren't for their own abilities to do most work, members like web and mt would be closer to 6 figures I reckon!

Regards
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Ps major Tom, I shall refrain from commenting on the other statement until we meet next when I punch u in the gonads! ;D
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