It sure is nice seeing so many people that love these cars as much as I do. I've got a rather disturbing issue concerning mine that maybe somebody can help me with.
My 91 420sel was running strong at 140k with a gorgeous engine and a freshly rebuilt transmission (less than 100 miles). The car is immaculate. I had even just washed and waxed it for the weekend.
Unfortunately, I took it to Jiffy Lube for a quick oil change last Friday afternoon. After they were done with the service, the engine would crank but it wouldn't turn over. I've had the car 2 years and it has never done this.
The management advised me to have the vehicle towed to a shop to have somebody look at it, which I did. The mechanic said there was a major repair needed involving the engine head and chain, and there was zero compression in cylinders 1-4. He gave me an estimate of $3,500-4,000. Jiffy Lube eventually sent someone over to inspect the car (this took about a week) and today they gave the word that they are denying any responsibility. Needless to say, I'm filing in small claims for as much as I am allowed to ask for due to the inconvenience of the whole ordeal, rental cars, etc., but who knows if that will go anywhere...
At the moment, I'm going to have to hold off on the repair because I literally just paid this same mechanic to rebuild the transmission two weeks ago. I'm wondering if I should just look for a replacement engine and if so, what type should I look for? I noticed there are "long" and "short" blocks. I am unfortunately also considering selling the car for parts as a result despite my recent transmission work. Other than the mangled engine, the car is immaculate with all original shiny black paint, shiny black leather interior and dash, wood style paneling, power everything, everything works great! Brakes, suspension, interior, exterior, etc etc etc is so gorgeous.
This is breaking my heart and I don't know what else to do!