1985 Mercedes-Benz W126 500 SEL 5.0


Very good car for the money spent


I have a idle issue. The car idles really low. Can't seem to get it. It dies sometimes due to low idle.

Overall clean car and runs awesome. Paid 600 for it; not sure if that's a good deal.

Also the rear windows don't go down or the sunroof doesn't open. The motors for windows and sun roof work, but don't open or close. It also has water coming in from driver's side windshield. Not sure if it needs to be resealed or the sunroof's drain tubes are clogged. Any info someone has would be great.

Overall great car and super fast. Thanks for any info you guys have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th August, 2016

1984 Mercedes-Benz W126 500SE AMG 5.0L V8


A beast from another era


This is a restoration project. Will discuss below.

General Comments:

I am no stranger to Mercedes Benz, having owned one or another now for about 20 years. My first Mercedes was a 300SEL. The same W126 chassis as the 500SE AMG I am reviewing. That being said, I purchased this vehicle for nostalgia value, both in memory of my first Mercedes, and the desire as a young boy in the 1980s to own an AMG Mercedes.

That being said, this documented vehicle is not for the faint hearted. I had the transmission rebuilt and an assortment of mechanical work done at a Mercedes independent shop. I am not sure how much it came to, but in the several thousands. I have also being restoring it to its former glory. It cost $80,000 new in 1984, making it one of the most expensive vehicles of its time. It is currently running magnificently.

Acceleration - amazing.

Power - amazing.

Looks... well you get the idea.

I own two other Mercedes. One is my winter vehicle and a highly modified Porsche 911 twin turbo. I have barely driven the Porsche; I enjoy the 500SE so much more. It makes no sense, but if you drive one, you will understand. Car enthusiasts speak of soul. This car has it. If you are looking for a daily driver, I would not rule out this chassis. It is one of the best Mercedes has made. My 300SEL served me well for years.

I caution you on the following. As cheap as these vehicles have become, the newer owners seem to be unwilling to keep up on the maintenance. Parts can be expensive. Gas mileage... maybe 17 MPG... more likely less than 15. If you have a desire to own one, have a pre-purchase inspection done at a Mercedes independent shop. I would check the Mercedes forums to find one that knows the chassis you are looking at.

Mercedes Benz are great vehicles if they are cared for and maintained according to the specifications. They are not cheap to own, but will serve you well in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2015