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Old 07-31-2005, 09:20 PM
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1967 200d?

A nice looking 1967 200D is available locally, and I'm interested but have a few questions about it. I really like fintails, especially manual transmission ones (although this one is an automatic). How is the engine and tranny in this model? The body and interior indicates it's been well taken care of, but at 160,000 miles I expect some problems. Thoughts and comments on both the car and a fair price for an excellent loking specimen, both inside and out, would be appreciated.

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Old 07-31-2005, 09:28 PM
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I just sold mine,last week on ebay#4563063625,to a reputable Mercedes shop in NJ(Ditmire) and this gentleman was extatic about it...the one you are talking about is to nice to be truth...these are not daily drivers anymore and 160 k...mine had that mileage in 1971.
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Old 07-31-2005, 09:45 PM
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the engine and transmission

are pretty durable. the tranny is pretty similar to the 115 body cars i think. pretty rugged. if it shifts good it prob will be fine for a good while. the engine is very similar to the 616 but less displacement. i dont think it has sleeves so it wont last as long as the later sleeved motors. i don t think there are any gross weak spots in the mechanics. the front end is king pin and is susceptable to siezing up if not kept greased religeously and perhaps even if it is. the bodies want to rust at the hint of moisture if not in a very dry climate. they drive pretty modernly. no power steering but not a problem. prob no ac. i owned two fintails. both gas. the biggest pita with mine were the carbs which were solex and were junk. but what carb is not junk except perhaps weber.

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Old 08-30-2005, 01:36 AM
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1967 200d

If you like the car and it does not look like a forest fire breaking out when you start it in the morning, then what the hell!

Fin Tails are fun cars and the 200D is a good one. While the car is at running temperature take off the oil cap carefully and notice if any oil splatters out, it will becuase the chain is right there but if there it a lot of pressure then that is a good indication that the engine is tired.

Have fun, the hunt is always intriguing with fin tails.
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:24 AM
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I believe the odometeres were 5 digit models. Be very carefuel here, it's easy to knock off 100,000+ miles by just word of mouth. Check service records, even the DMV if you feel the need to. Even some owners will go for YEARS with the speedo/odo cable broken or disconnected because they think it will be $$$ to fix or are just too lazy.
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Old 08-30-2005, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by mbz240d1981
While the car is at running temperature take off the oil cap carefully and notice if any oil splatters out, it will becuase the chain is right there but if there it a lot of pressure then that is a good indication that the engine is tired.
You may not wanna do that on a 200D. The chain is directly in line with the opening. It will sling oil into the next county.


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