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Old 11-22-2001, 12:59 PM
Lance Allison Lance Allison is offline
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Location: SW Chicago Suburbs, IL
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Thumbs up FS: 87 300SDL Astral Silver/Blue 243k Recs

I have been searching for just the right 98 or 99 E300 (turbodiesel) and think I've found a winner.

HOWEVER, since there are already 4 other vechicles in my driveway, I must part with something. I would like to sell either the Cadillac DeVille or the 300SDL. I figured I'd put a feeler out here to see if there are any interested parties in the 300SDL. Details are as follows:

87 300SDL
243k miles (will increase, as it is my daily driver right now)
Astral Silver
Blue leather
2 previous owners
Major service records
All books, window sticker, original owner's plaque, etc
Brand New Michelins on recently refinished factory alloys
Brand New (not rebuilt) top end (head, valves, etc) (5k ago)
Recent factory rebuilt transmission and torque converter (40k ago)
Recent brakes all around
Recent front and rear suspension work
New Bilstein struts at all 4 corners
Timing chain replaced about 70k ago
Recent AC work
Climate control now works great
All power options work (seats, headrests, windows, locks, etc)
Cruise works
Has remanned Becker 752 w/ FM modulated 12 cd changer

Paint is wearing slightly thin on the hood, there are some visible fine scratches on it, maybe from a brush-type carwash. The rest of the car is rust-free and looks pretty good. The passenger rear door was scraped by a loading cart at a lumberyard superstore and repainted. There is a scrape on the lower part of the passenger rear door, as the body shop didn't want to paint the plastic part, they wanted to replace the whole panel.

Interior-wise, the leather is in good shape. There are slightly visible lines in the seats where the hydes are attached, but all in all they look fine. There aren't any tears or gouges. Door panels are like new. The dash has no cracks, as it was completely replaced by the previous owner when it did develop cracks. According to the MB service ticket, the dash replacement was just over $800...!

Both previous owners were doctors. This car was bought new by one physician and bought by another at around 160k miles. This is evident by the names and titles on the service records. BTW: All service by the first owner was done at the same MB dealership it was purchased at. The second owner had some work done at the dealership and all other work done at an import repair center.

As a diesel fanatic, I jumped into this 300SDL hook line and sinker and it has been an enjoyable car. I've put approx 15k miles on it since May 2001. Being a single buy, it is much larger than I really need. And as great a car as the W126 is, I was SOOOOOO impressed with the 98 E300, I've just gotta have one!

So, bottom line is this...if someone is interested, please e-mail me and I will be happy to send pix of anything related to the car. Considering all the recent work that has been done and just putting over $5000 (documented) into the top end rebuild, I dont' want to sell myself short, but would also like to provide a potential buyer a fair price. This being said, I'm open to offers.

Even if you aren't interested, maybe give me an idea of what I should be asking ($$ wise) or what I should expect for a trade.
The 98 E300's bottom-line price tax/title/etc was $36,407.18.
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Lance Allison

11 MB S550 4Matic, 55k miles, Designo Black/Black
14 Ford F150 XLT Lariat Crew, 73k miles, 5.0
Coyote V8 4x4. Black/tan.
09 GMC Envoy Denali, 5.3 V8, 4x4 SWB. 38k miles,
Jewel Red/Med Gray.

87 MB 300SDL, 320k miles, Astral Silver/Blue.
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85 Olds 98 Brougham FWD, 4.3 DIESEL V6, 80k
miles, 3x Gray.

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