Wait for 2.6 Sportline

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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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Here it is:

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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