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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

De­spite its rugged­ness, the G-Wa­gen isn’t im­mune from cor­ro­sion, and ma­jor re­pairs are ru­inously ex­pen­sive. The rear of the body­work needs par­tic­u­lar scru­tiny, con­cen­trat­ing on the rear wings, wheel arches and quar­ter pan­els; if the lat­ter are bad rot can spread to the tail­gate pil­lars so make dou­bly sure that the panel doesn’t sag when opened. Other grot spots in­clude the front wings, sills, and around the rear lights and fuel filler neck. Bear in mind that orig­i­nal Mercedes pan­els are pricey – a front wing is around £400, for ex­am­ple – and pat­tern parts rarely fit well.

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