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Old 01-22-2005, 08:49 PM
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I'm in the TwitchKitty fan club (re:MM ), but, I just don't trust this computer down to the last five seconds. Additionally, it is almost impossible for someone to receive my bid, refresh, make a decision on a new bid, and enter the new bid in 15 seconds or less.
Some bidders have several windows open at once and all that is required is to jump to the right window and confirm a bid.

For me it is just a matter of deciding what I am willing to pay and waiting until nobody else has a chance to respond. Bidding is kinda like gambling and racing. If you stick to your own personal limitations you stand a much smaller chance of getting hurt. If you react to someone else's play you will more likely regret it later.
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:35 AM
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Just looking at the car, it kinda reminds you of a movie where someone is stranded in a raft out at sea for days, no land in sight. As the Sun gets straight above and your mind is rolling over in thoughts, you sea land in the distance. It's a small island, full of fruits, vegetables, fresh running water and Beer. You think,"Oh my, if i can only get there i'll be in Paradise." Drooling dried out lips.

You really get this feeling setting in front of your pc, looking at this car or any car your fresh chops wants to have.

It's hard to make yourself just step back and take a deep breath. If Lietuviai can get a look at this car, we may all feel different about it tomorrow night.
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:00 AM
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It's hard to make yourself just step back and take a deep breath. If Lietuviai can get a look at this car, we may all feel different about it tomorrow night.
I'm going to try and have a look at it on Sunday if I can work something out with the seller. I'm interested in this car as any of you would be if you were as close to the car as I am. I feel it may be my once in a lifetime opportunity to get such a low mile MB as close as this to where I live, but only if the bidding doesn't get carried away. I'm not made of money and I have a very proud reputation of being one heck of a tightwad. I'm certainly going to check the status of the bidding before I set out to see it. If bidding goes higher than what I have in mind that I would be willing to pay for the car then I certainly won't even bother wasting a 6 hour round trip to see it.
Darn, I wish bidding was ending tomorrow instead of 5 days from now. I would feel more comfortable about the listing.
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:47 AM
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I have a hard time justifying that kind of price for a car rather than one that would run just as good (maybe better) with 75k more miles on it for half the money. I just paid $4500 for an 85 300SD with 101k and the thing is mint. I think some people just get caught up in 123 fever and lose sight of the fact that it's still "just a car" IMHO.
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:08 AM
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A 20 year old car with only 52,000 miles? Something has to be wrong with it. Either it was only driven on short trips (not good) or it sat for a loooong time (also not good.)
What's so unusual about that? My mom lives out in the country on a farm and I bet she hasn't driven over 40,000 miles in the last 20 years.
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:34 AM
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I have a hard time justifying that kind of price for a car rather than one that would run just as good (maybe better) with 75k more miles on it for half the money. I just paid $4500 for an 85 300SD with 101k and the thing is mint. I think some people just get caught up in 123 fever and lose sight of the fact that it's still "just a car" IMHO.
Well said, I was with my Father back in December and we drove to Houston to look at a 1984 300SD with a 150k miles. It was in as "Mint" as it could get. In my opinion it was worth $8k, but my Father gave the guy about $4700. for it. He'd origionally wanted $5500. but after about 2 weeks he came down. He also had all the records and reciepts since it was new, totally around $35,000. worth of service and repairs.
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:46 PM
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I could understand not wanting to pay a premium for such a car if you lived in an area that you could regularly find them with low miles at reasonable prices. Here in the NW people put a lot of miles on their cars so finding any car for sale with low miles is a rarity unless there's something wrong with it. The last one I found with low miles had a salvage title and the SOB still wanted good money for it. So its all a matter of what someone is will to pay for a car. I'll just have to think a little more about it.
If I do go ahead and look at it, I'll have to look it over with a fine tooth comb.
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:50 PM
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What's so unusual about that? My mom lives out in the country on a farm and I bet she hasn't driven over 40,000 miles in the last 20 years.
It is not that it is so unusual, the bad part about low miles is that seals dry out. I believe the diesels really like to be driven.
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:59 PM
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If I do go ahead and look at it, I'll have to look it over with a fine tooth comb.
You driving to look at it today? You may be able to make an offer if you feel it's worth the price. You just never know. It'd be nice if you could get it up on a lift. Looking over it with a fine tooth comb is the only way. Its possible that if it's in great condition, it'd be worth it. Do you know if it has any records of R&M? That'd make it valuable if they do.
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:09 AM
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It's already at $8,000 with three days left to go... The reserve has also been met.

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Wow... this is crazy!!

$8000+ for a 20 year old car with 52K miles? Geez... I love M-Bs but this is crazy in my opinion. You can get a much newer, much safer and yes much more reliable car of similar size for much less than that. Plus your newer car will also have more years of life in it before rust kills it.

I don't even want to think of all the work the new owner of this car will be faced with once he or she starts driving it daily or even regularly. I can just see all those dry seals beginning to leak, things like the A/C compressor failing after sitting for so long, etc. Well I guess people differ. Afterall it takes all kinds of people to make this place called earth.
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See post #8 of this thread.

I'm probably low on this estimate, with three days left.
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:30 AM
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I sort of think that a few out there will drive this car into the teens.

I saw another '85 with comparable miles last year fetch $13,500 on ebay, and I have noticed the guy in New Jersey (findgreatcars) has pushed his cars (w123's) into the $15k range.

You just never know...It only takes two people who REALLY want it, and suddenly reason flies out the window...
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Old 01-24-2005, 12:05 PM
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Thumbs down I saw and drove the car

I saw and drove the car Sunday. I met with the seller at a place that was about half way between us. It was a very nice car overall but it has some issues with one that I would say is very serious. The car ran hot to the point of nearly overheating. I was surprised that he drove the car to meet us. He even pointed this out when we arrived that the car ran hot. We took it for a drive and got on the freeway and before long the temp gauge started to climb and by the time I got it back to our meeting place it was almost in the red.
Another issue, the oxidizing catalyst appeared original. The A/C did not work and the cruise control surged. Also the car was very slow. Maybe I'm just used to my car being as fast as it is but my wife who also came along did notice that as well. It has numerous dings and even a dent on the passenger fender behind the parking lamp. None appearing to break paint. The car otherwise looked very nice. I'm sure there are better cars out there even with more miles for way less money.
I would not pay the money that this car has reached on ebay now ($7900).
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Old 01-24-2005, 12:14 PM
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I saw and drove the car Sunday. I met with the seller at a place that was about half way between us. It was a very nice car overall but it has some issues with one that I would say is very serious. The car ran hot to the point of nearly overheating. I was surprised that he drove the car to meet us. He even pointed this out when we arrived that the car ran hot. We took it for a drive and got on the freeway and before long the temp gauge started to climb and by the time I got it back to our meeting place it was almost in the red.
Another issue, the oxidizing catalyst appeared original. The A/C did not work and the cruise control surged. Also the car was very slow. Maybe I'm just used to my car being as fast as it is but my wife who also came along did notice that as well. It has numerous dings and even a dent on the passenger fender behind the parking lamp. None appearing to break paint. The car otherwise looked very nice. I'm sure there are better cars out there even with more miles for way less money.
I would not pay the money that this car has reached on ebay now ($7900).
Thanks for taking the time and looking at this car -- "had" a genuine interest in the car. Did recieve a polite email from the seller - and he did mention the A/C but I am a little disapointed that he contends the body is 100% mint.
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