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Old 01-30-2007, 07:30 PM
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What should I be looking for in a 1986 190d that has done 275K miles?

I am going to look at a 1986 190d that has done 275K miles. Car has been on the lot for at least a couple of months.

Is there anything in particular about this model that I should be concerned about? Apart from the obvious of getting a pre purchase inspection done, is there something a non mechanical person like me could look at?

Just to clarify, I have no experience with Merc's and I don't have a heap of grease under nails


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Old 01-30-2007, 08:46 PM
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Rust in the rocker panels, cracks on the dash, A/C functions, climate control and fan switch and functions, driver's seat cracks come to mind. Also be consious of shift-quality issues, usually vacuum related but take time to sort out.

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Old 01-30-2007, 11:41 PM
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Thanks for all your suggestion

I will be looking at a 190d that has done 100K miles the following week, so the 440K car will give me an idea of what the bottom end of the market looks like

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Old 01-31-2007, 10:38 AM
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also would like to mention to check for:
rust in the doors - bottom, inside where the seal is
trunk lock catch area, battery area, under windshield washer fluid container.
Check appearence of brake fluid, power steering fluid, tranny fluid.
Ask for service/repair records. Important to know whether engine oil was changed regularly. Such a car can still be good for many add. miles but walk away if it has not been looked after.
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:49 AM
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ALso check for blow-by. Do the tea kettle test. Also make sure you can start the engine when it is stone cold. A warmed up diesel typically starts quite easily.


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