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Old 02-06-2005, 01:02 AM
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Hi Guys,

I know someone who is selling an '81 240-D manual with a little less than 80,000 miles on it. The car has been garaged since day one. I've seen pictures and it looks great inside and out.

They're going to ask $8500 for it. Is that a reasonable amount to ask?

Options include sunroof, AC block heater, AM FM cassette. It has manual windows. I don't know if the sunroof is electric or not. It has the bundt wheels, not hubcaps.
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Old 02-06-2005, 01:18 AM
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There are so many other Mercedes Diesels I'd rather have for $8500. That being said, seems like 80,000 miles is more of a detriment on that age of a vehicle than positive, unless all the rubber, gaskets, and other parts that deteriorate with age have been replaced.
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Old 02-06-2005, 01:23 AM
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Premium ($8500 ) asking prices demand premium condition. No rust, original primo condition paint, excellent mechanicals, verifiable mileage and all maintenance records. For that sort of money I'd get a comprehensive pre-buy from a good MB mechanic, and insist the seller correct any fault that was found. What nice things could you do to one of your current cars for $8500?
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Old 02-06-2005, 06:33 AM
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I'm no expert,
but if I had $8500 to spend, I think I would rather buy 4 better-used 240's. Or maybe 3 240's and a bunch of parts. Or maybe 3 300D's, spare motor. Or maybe just two 300D's, get a turbo this time, and a parts car, spend the rest on a rebuilt tranny. Or better yet, get the 300 and spend the remainder to put a manual tranny in her. Or maybe just one fine MBZ, and bank the other 5 grand.

Maybe I will just have another beer.....
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Old 02-06-2005, 06:39 AM
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It's only worth what someone will pay for it!

The NADA high retail is $5325. but then if the car is in really outstanding condition and the manual transmission is really desireable, then maybe he can get it.
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Old 02-06-2005, 05:46 PM
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1983 240d

I saw your interest in 123/240D. If the car in question does not work out I am considering selling my pristine 1983 240D. It is orient red w/polomino interior, man. shift. The car has just turned 88,754 miles (full documentation, complete books,detailed service records). I have the original dealer order form and window sticker/ service plate. Garaged pampered southern car. If you have any interest email me and I would be happy provide additional details.

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Old 02-07-2005, 12:50 PM
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Thanks,

Actually, I'll be posting the other diesel for a friend. I wish I were in the market for a nice old diesel again. I do prefer the palomino interior over the blue myself too. Maybe if I sold the 16 valve, but I live in a condo and parking is at a premium as it is...

I'll ask my brother in TX if he's interested.
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Old 02-07-2005, 01:47 PM
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I know someone who is selling an '81 240-D manual with a little less than 80,000 miles on it. The car has been garaged since day one. I've seen pictures and it looks great inside and out. They're going to ask $8500 for it. Is that a reasonable amount to ask? Options include sunroof, AC block heater, AM FM cassette. It has manual windows. I don't know if the sunroof is electric or not. It has the bundt wheels, not hubcaps.
Speaking as non-expert, I'd say this is not even close to a good deal. For one third of that I bought my '84 300D with full power accessories.

While the 240s are extremely durable also extremely slow.
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Old 02-07-2005, 08:37 PM
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The price is a bit on the steep side.

Take heart in that it is unlikely that anyone else will buy the car at that price. After a while on the market you may be able to come in and get it at a better price.

How much better? Hard to say... How much is too much? $4k? $5k...?

For $5k you could probably get a fairly nice used Toyota or a cheaper Honda instead of a nice old 240D.

Your choice...

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