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Old 03-21-2006, 02:37 PM
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350sdl

Hey guys, I just found a 90 350sdl, and i was thinking bout maybe buying it. I have always liked the 126 body and loved my 85, but i don't know anything about the 350sdl. Is there any motor problems that I need to check for? This particular one has 203000 miles on it. I am going to go look at it in person tomorrow morning. I just was trying to get some info before i go. Thanks

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Old 03-21-2006, 02:43 PM
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Do a search on 350SDL.

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Old 03-21-2006, 02:45 PM
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Then do a search on "rodbender".
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Old 03-21-2006, 02:45 PM
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... or read this - 350SDL Engine Problems

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Approach this car with caution after reading the threads pertaining to it. A lot also depends on price/condition/your own abilities. This is one you cannot fool around with when checking it out either. Of course just my opinions
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Old 03-21-2006, 03:40 PM
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Thanks to all so far. I guess its a tough one. This particular car has 203000 miles and they want 4999.00. Im sure i can get it cheaper than that with cash. I dunno. I really want a 300sdl, but haven't been able to find one that was to my liking. We'll see. I am now having second thoughts of this motor. But who kows!
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1992 300d 2.5 turbo with 180k also smoke silver! 4-sale
1985 300sd silver with blue leather and has 202k, repurchased for a second time (nickname of grandma betty) 4-sale
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Old 03-21-2006, 03:59 PM
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Things are not all bad with that model. Again depending on your ability the earlier 3 litre six cylinder block does not have any bending rod problems and is pretty much a drop in. Plus the head on the 3 1/2 litre drops right on the earlier block and should be a later casting. So if you are resourceful enough to locate an earlier engine in good condition cheap or one that has gone to the salvage yard with a bad head you might luck in if you kept it in reserve. If you own that perhaps the 3.5 will not go bad. The real problem is to get an otherwise good 3.5 car cheap enough to be worth the potential hassel. I suspect the ride is worth it. As stated in earlier post so much depends on judgement/skill/aptitude etc. At a low enough price if that 3.5 is in pretty good condition and the owner has kept it up the overall situation might not be bad. A lot just depends.

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