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Old 10-11-2008, 10:46 AM
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1995 S350D with bad transmisssion - how much is it worth?

Hi guys,

how much is a clean 1995 S350 diesel with 235K miles and bad transmission worth? $6000?

How much for a used transmission? Is that transmission the same as the 1987 300SDL, or any gas mercedes?

Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:04 AM
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$6000

Put down the crack pipe and run the other direction!!!!!
Seriously, the rod bending engine in that car is way past the mileage where a large portion of them bend a rod.
On the good side, so many of these engines have trashed themselves that a used tranny shouldn't be hard to find.
$6K
I don't think so.........
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:12 AM
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Put down the crack pipe and run the other direction!!!!!
Seriously, the rod bending engine in that car is way past the mileage where a large portion of them bend a rod.
On the good side, so many of these engines have trashed themselves that a used tranny shouldn't be hard to find.
$6K
I don't think so.........
So $3K is about what I should offer?
As long as the engine is good?
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:55 PM
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You should confirm the engine IS good. IIRC, only later repalcement crate motors got the upgraded rods and some of them bent too. A couple of end of production 95's might have got the upgrade. Others (Sixto, etc.) would know for sure.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:12 PM
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$6000 is fair if it's in good condition including a functioning transmission. Are you able to test it thoroughly with the bad transmission? Can you get it to a tech you trust for a pre-purchase inspection?

I'm one of the few in the world who'd pay $3000 for such a car because I don't mind swapping a transmission or even an engine and I'm of the mindset that the engine has a 50-50 chance at best of being sound.

You might pay $3000 for the car, another $3000 for a transmission and have car that will last a good long time, but there's a good chance you'll be part of the other statistic.

Before you take the plunge, check what your insurance will pay if the car is stolen or totalled. It'll be a long hard battle to get anything close to $6000. Insurance use goofy value models that are nothing like NADA and KBB. I had a difficult time convincing my insurance that a 93 300SD is worth more than a 93 300SE.

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Old 10-12-2008, 10:37 AM
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I have the transmission from my '91 350SDL, if it will work/fit and you want it, It's not made of gold I'll sell it cheap.
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