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TylerH860 06-17-2008 08:31 PM

I need another diesel... I need a hole in my head, but its almost like deals are falling out of the sky in front of me.

Today it was a W126 I came upon sitting on trade row of a high end used car dealer that my parents service their vehicles at. I was immediately stunned by the Petrol Blue color that matched Ol' Turbo and the overall condition. The paint and body are in good condition, though I did find a small bubble or two forming in the fenders. The car is dirty, light interior is in good shape, but grimy. Odometer was showing 280k.

When I inquired about the vehicle, they told me it was a single owner elderly couple that just traded it in for a C240. The rather attractive saleswoman that made the transaction (though she had a manly voice) escorted me back with the keys.

Starting was effortless, but a loud metallic banging overwelhmed the normally pleasant diesel clatter of the 617. I immediately popped the hood to investigate (didn't know there were 2 safety latches on a W126 hood) and discovered the air cleaner was loose and bouncing around. I did not disclose to the saleswoman that it was a minor issue. Checked the blowby and to my disbelief, there was hardly any. :confused:

The test drive was also quite encouraging. Smooth shifts, cold Air-conditioning, no smoke after my initial romping. What I found to be inoperable was the drivers power seat, power antenna, right rear window, and, intermittently, the tachometer.

Upon returning, I checked the glove box for any P.O records; it was filled to the brim! On top was a $4,500 bill in 1997 for a new engine. According to the receipt, the motor seized after catastrophic oil loss and was replaced. That explained the lack of blowby. Other receipts offered encouraging maintenance work over the years.

The other surprise was found in the trunk: An auxiliary fuel tank. I didn't notice 2 separate fuel lines, and couldn't figure out its purpose.

The icing on the cake: I made an offer of $1,000 to which they countered with $2,000. I can probably make off with this car somewhere in the middle.

I'm off to take pictures for everyone, and try and haggle a bit more out. Wish me luck!

ImBroke 06-17-2008 08:40 PM


iwrock 06-17-2008 08:53 PM

Good luck man! I wanna see pictures!

daw_two 06-17-2008 08:56 PM


bgkast 06-17-2008 09:01 PM

Good luck!

Sir Sam 06-17-2008 09:14 PM

Now don't you wish you could have gotten it for the pennies they gave the old lady?

Hatterasguy 06-17-2008 09:31 PM

I wouldn't go above $1,500, or whatever they are going to get at the auto auction.

Thats how I bought my SDL, but it was at a Ford dealer burried in snow pile in the back...:eek::D

TylerH860 06-17-2008 09:32 PM

The dealer was closed, and the SD locked up tight. I still snapped a few pictures for everyone's viewing pleasure, but no aux. fuel tank shots.

Hatterasguy 06-17-2008 09:35 PM

Looks like it's almost the same color as your 300D.

All W126's rust on the fender wings, its not a big deal. Fenders are cheap.

TylerH860 06-17-2008 09:41 PM

I wish I could get better interior shots. On the dash is a plaque with the original owners names on it; the aux. tank is from a California company.

Oh, and the receipts. I wasn't exaggerating about being filled to the brim.

TylerH860 06-17-2008 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by Hatterasguy (Post 1886973)
Looks like it's almost the same color as your 300D.

It is the same color. Found 1 more picture.

Chad300tdt 06-17-2008 10:04 PM

Looks like a great find Tyler. Good luck.:cool:

JimmyL 06-17-2008 11:18 PM

You can bring that to the central Texas GTG this July!! :D

TylerH860 06-18-2008 12:08 AM


Originally Posted by JimmyL (Post 1887072)
You can bring that to the central Texas GTG this July!! :D

Depends on the oil cooler lines.

JimmyL 06-18-2008 12:12 AM


Originally Posted by TylerH860 (Post 1887116)
Depends on the oil cooler lines.


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