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Old 02-16-2008, 06:05 PM
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Approx Value of a Beat Up 84' 300CD

The car was running when parked but I could not get it started today. It has been sitting for at least a year. I am going back tomorrow when I have more time. It has 191K on it. It is a complete car. The seats are cracked up but not torn or ripped. The door panels are ok. The headliner is there but dirty. The sunroof and one rear window work. The dash has two cracks over the cluster. The wood around the window switches is shot and falling apart. There is no rust on any jacking point but a little in floor boards only seen from the bottom no holes. The paint is shot. Hood hinges are broken one rear 1/4 has a dent and passenger side door is bent by the hinges. The car has been neglected but supposedly runs. All the rubber around all the windows is shot and cracked. Back window is good with no delamination. Car is silver with blue interior. Both bumpers are good but he surrounding rubber is weathered bad. Just trying to get an idea of value. What is a good running engine worth?

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Old 02-16-2008, 06:14 PM
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I couldn't get more than 300 for a drivetrain with 148k on it and an entire other car, so I would guess not much.
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Old 02-16-2008, 09:13 PM
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Scrap metal is going for about $6 per 100 lbs in my area, so a 3,000 lb car should be worth at least $180 plus what the parts may bring.

I'm somewhat dubious when I see a beat car. If the car is beat, I'm not optimisic that the engine/trans has been maintained.

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Old 02-17-2008, 09:06 AM
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Well, since someone already started this thread, what's an '83 300CD worth that's currently in running, driveable condition except it's got 260K and the tranny flares on the 2-3 shift. Engine was allegedly replaced 4 years ago after Jiffy-Lube screwed up an oil-change. Without using a block-heater, it started up instantly from cold in freezing weather after sitting for a week, with good oil pressure after warmup. Decent Sears radials. Hood hinges good. All mechanical systems working except cruise and AC compressor. Receent new Bilsteins, motor mounts and repaired window regulators. Mettalic grey with bad clearcoat, but body is straight and looks virtually cancer-free except for 1 pencil-eraser size spot in bottom of left rear fender. Floors appear perfect, with no holes, cracks or bulges in the undercoat. Tex interior and dash is in similar condition to the non-running example posted above. Thanks.

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Old 02-17-2008, 11:32 AM
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Junk is junk

No matter where you find it and how much of it is there. Does depend of course how it starts and runs out. But if the start and drive is in line with the rest of what you see, you better be able to get it for nothing or very close to nothing.
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:37 AM
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I'd give him $100 for it if you can get some good parts off it, or think that it has a chance of driving again.
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:20 PM
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Rock bottom best/worst you can expect for operative engine 300CD oughta be $600- $800 says me. Reconnoitre these are collectible cars becoming rarer with beaucoup coupe specific parts that oughta be kept outa the crusher, specially if you've got the notso common sunroof option that makes the car worth restoring. Heck y'all could probly scarf up all 300CD's available at about $800 each and double yer money in 5 yrs.

Huck, yer no start problem is probly air in fuel system if it ran when parked one year ago. Without hesitation I'd clobber it with diesel starting fluid shot into intake manifold.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:56 PM
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put biofueled or wvo ready and it'll double the price lol
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:31 AM
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eBay is great for showing an insurance company the "value" of your car but horrible for figuring the real value of it.

Lets face it, there are lots of "less than smart" people on eBay that have no idea of an items actual value.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:01 PM
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car value

My point and also people here should not put a value on a car. Everyone wants a deal but values should be placed using books, Nada etc.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:46 PM
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I just bought an '81 300CD yesterday that was in about the same shape, EXCEPT that the engine started right up and ran smooth. 140K on the non working odometer, rough inside and out. I paid $500 for the whole car.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:51 PM
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From a book point of view. They are sometimes close but rarely. I have been a dealer in the past and still buy and sell cars and the only people who use NADA are the bank. And no offense but every banker thinks they are a car dealer what a joke. KBB is the closest thing to a real value you will find but usually there private party price is higher than you can actually sell a car for. It seems everybody on Craigslist uses KBB to value their cars. My dad has a 99' Lexus LX470 with 72K loaded and in perfect condition. KBB private party is around $18,500. Manheim dealer software shows that dealers are paying close to that number or more for similiar cars at an auction. I'm sure they aren't losing money on them. As for the older cars and classics I haven't found a book you can count on yet. I was just trying to find out if that old 300CD was worth $500 or $1000 based on parts or somebody wanting to fix it up. Everybody claims how rare they are when they are selling so surely their is a need for parts.


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Old 02-18-2008, 11:22 PM
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A car is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Thats the good and bad about eBay. Sometimes things get driven up in eBay and sometimes you can't get squat. You can get prices of completed listing on eBay back 90 days I believe. Thats not a bad starting point.

NADA/KBB are good sources also, but also ask your insurance co. If the car gets totaled what will they give you.

Right now MB prices are high on eBay. Seems in relation to gas prices. I've gotten 2 MBs from eBay. I'm pretty happy with my choices and prices I've paid.

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Old 02-19-2008, 12:46 AM
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My thoughts:

Huck's non-running example- $200-300

Mark's runner- $500-600. Would be considerably higher without the flaring tranny.
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