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Old 10-10-2009, 06:21 PM
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Too good to be true?

We bought the 220d this past July. Think it has either 128k or 228k on the odo.
Runs perfectly. Can this car be too good to be true, can it be trusted this winter in Michigan?

Wipers just failed, and except for the defroster, nearly everything else works well. Should I trust it, or look to replace it?

What problems will I likely experience this winter?
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:45 PM
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We bought the 220d this past July. Think it has either 128k or 228k on the odo.
Runs perfectly. Can this car be too good to be true, can it be trusted this winter in Michigan?

Wipers just failed, and except for the defroster, nearly everything else works well. Should I trust it, or look to replace it?

What problems will I likely experience this winter?
What year is it? More info please and everyone enjoys pics if you have them.

Is this your first diesel? Do you know any the maintenance history on the car - I suspect not if you aren't sure of the actual mileage.

If you want to make it through the winter you will need a block heater so you can plug it in at night. Get yourself a timer (rated for outdoors if the timer itself will be outdoors) and set it come on about 3 hours prior to wanting to drive your beast around. There are also additives you can purcahse to keep the fuel from gelling suring those super cold spells. This would also be a good time to confirm if your heater blower and thermostat are working properly.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:35 PM
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I had a 1970 200D (euro) from 1976-79. Good tires and some weight in the trunk helped when in snow and ice.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:44 PM
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I second the block heater. My old 220D was not a friend of the cold! Probably the best investment you can make.

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Old 10-10-2009, 09:18 PM
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Fix the wipers.
Fix the defroster.

Adjust the valves.
Install new glow plugs.
Block heater.

If after all the above is done, and you determine that it will indeed start in cold weather, then invest in a set of 4 Winterforce tires. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Firestone&tireModel=Winterforce

You will learn a lot this winter.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:21 PM
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We bought the 220d this past July. Think it has either 128k or 228k on the odo.
Runs perfectly. Can this car be too good to be true, can it be trusted this winter in Michigan?

Wipers just failed, and except for the defroster, nearly everything else works well. Should I trust it, or look to replace it?

What problems will I likely experience this winter?

Just sell it to me. In the event that you decide to keep it, get it so it starts very easily when it isn't very cold outside. Then you'll be fine. Do things like check glow plug system (Diesel Giant has one of several pictorials). Adjust valves, change fluids & filters, service the tranny. Get a factory service manual (Haynes = toilet paper).
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Old 10-11-2009, 01:18 AM
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If it doesn't work for you in the cold I'd be glad to take it off your hands. I am in MI, and do pick-ups!
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:54 AM
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pawoSD, it is now listed on craigslist in gr mi. Want to keep it, but since it is my son's car, he wants to sell it for a more "practical" car. Seems he listed it there several days ago.
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