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Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Sun 30 Apr, 2017 11:55 am

Hi All,

Newbie query.

Am currently considering a very tidy standard 2.6.

Would love a manual with sports suspension.

Question is, should I wait for a Sportline, or could I be waiting forever in Australia?

Many thanks.
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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Sun 30 Apr, 2017 12:56 pm

StraightSix wrote:Hi All,

Newbie query.

Am currently considering a very tidy standard 2.6.

Would love a manual with sports suspension.

Question is, should I wait for a Sportline, or could I be waiting forever in Australia?

Many thanks.


I should add, not in a hurry, and it would be a very low usage couple of times a week car.


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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby Tony From West Oz » Sun 30 Apr, 2017 1:38 pm

If the car you are looking at ticks most of the boxes for you and passes PPI with no major issues, then buy it. You can then drive a 2.6 while still looking for your Sportline.
You will know how the 2.6 handles and be able to compare the Sportline when you find one.
You may find a Sportline which needs bodywork or trim repairs and you will have a suitable donor on hand, or you can sell the 2.6 if you find a Sportline in excellent condition.

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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Sun 30 Apr, 2017 1:54 pm

Thanks Tony, that sounds like a great plan. Deferring W201 ownership would be hard to bear! [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Sun 30 Apr, 2017 2:08 pm

How often do 2.6 Sportlines come onto the market in Australia, and what kind of premium do they cost over the garden-variety 2.6?

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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby APJAPJ » Fri 26 May, 2017 11:48 pm

Hi I have a very nice w201 2.6, have rebuilt the gearbox about 10k kms ago and had the front suspension overhauled about 20k kms ago

It is simply magical... not perfect... but handles and accelerates unlike any 80's or 90's benz... very light, very nimble, smooth, quiet. the weight advantage over the w124 and the torquey six is the perfect combination.

While you can spend time waiting for a sportline... i wouldn't bother; you can buy the parts and have them fitted when it is time to rebuild the suspension.

Mine is a japanese import and white... while I wish it was an almandine oz delivered... I have owned it for about 4 years now and loved every minute of it.

Easily my favorite benz... and i have also owned a 560sec, 300ce, w108 3.5, and a w124 and w201 diesel.
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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Sat 27 May, 2017 7:13 pm

Thank you for your story. I've been enjoying my 87 2.6 for a month or so and loving the experience. I notice there is a sportline on carsalsrs now for about $13k. Do they really command such a premium over the garden variety versions?

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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Sat 27 May, 2017 7:18 pm

StraightSix wrote:Thank you for your story. I've been enjoying my 87 2.6 for a month or so and loving the experience. I notice there is a sportline on carsalsrs now for about $13k. Do they really command such a premium over the garden variety versions?

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https://www.carsales.com.au/private/det ... AD-4755685



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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby ngruzevs » Sat 17 Jun, 2017 10:31 pm

2.6 Sportline was only available from 1989-March 1991
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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby APJAPJ » Sun 09 Jul, 2017 4:40 pm

In the interests of keeping the prices down so that I can afford to buy one in the future... I should say that no non-cosworth w201 should ever be more than $8000...

haha

But I think it is worth it. The sportline package is rare and had some well thought out and engineered additions; firmer suspension and more direct steering. To set it up yourself from standard would cost a few thousand at least.

Having said that I have never driven a sportline merc... and a w201 with rebuilt suspension is a pretty darn good car to drive.

At 13k for a w201 2.6 sportline... you should probably consider stretching the extra few thousand to get a w210 e55 / e36 or w202 c36 ... much better daily drivers with definite investment potential

PS: I remember calling a guy in canberra who was trying to sell his cosworth automatic for 15k about 5 years ago... that was definitely worth it.
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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby AMG » Sun 09 Jul, 2017 8:00 pm

I believe there was only 1 of the 5 2.6 sportlines sold new here as a manual.

Just buy a 2.6, spend some $$$ on B8 Bilsteins, poly LCA bushes, Sportline swaybars and springs and there you go. 90% of the car's characteristics are there.
Do the manual box swap if you're desperate to have the manual. It's not easy to find the correct 717.435, but it will be worthwhile waiting for it.
At the end the car will be worth something, if it's done with factory parts.
The alternative is to use the 16v automatic transmission, which gives a better ratio match, slightly better shifting and a 1:1 final

You could pick up a 2.6 for a few K. Most examples I've seen have had a pretty hard life.
The reality is unless it has a massive amount of service records and is immaculate, it's not worth $13k for that carsales example.
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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Sun 09 Jul, 2017 8:33 pm

APJAPJ wrote:In the interests of keeping the prices down so that I can afford to buy one in the future... I should say that no non-cosworth w201 should ever be more than $8000...

haha

But I think it is worth it. The sportline package is rare and had some well thought out and engineered additions; firmer suspension and more direct steering. To set it up yourself from standard would cost a few thousand at least.

Having said that I have never driven a sportline merc... and a w201 with rebuilt suspension is a pretty darn good car to drive.

At 13k for a w201 2.6 sportline... you should probably consider stretching the extra few thousand to get a w210 e55 / e36 or w202 c36 ... much better daily drivers with definite investment potential

PS: I remember calling a guy in canberra who was trying to sell his cosworth automatic for 15k about 5 years ago... that was definitely worth it.

I hear what you are saying about those later models, but there is something so pure and streamlined about the w201s! I'll keep enjoying my 2.6 for now.....

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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby gjlockyer » Wed 16 Aug, 2017 6:45 pm

That W201 2.6 Sportline is still on Carsales (August 16) without any reduction in price. There are 6 photos - all of the body, which looks good, but all are taken from mid-distance. Why no close ups? And why no photos of the Engine Bay or Interior since they are the two major visible selling points? It's also listed as being sold without a RWC. With 322,000ks on it, no decent photos and no RWC, I'd say probably way overpriced and definitely "Buyer beware" even given its rarity.
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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby StraightSix » Wed 16 Aug, 2017 9:42 pm

Yeah, the photos are very ordinary. Same seller also has a cossie and a 2.3 but no separate listings. All a bit peculiar.

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Re: Wait for 2.6 Sportline

Postby Tony From West Oz » Wed 16 Aug, 2017 11:01 pm

Why not ask for better photos?
If the seller is genuine they will provide them.
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