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Old 02-17-2010, 09:01 PM
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76 diesel 300d PRO'S vs Con's??

Thinking about buying a 76 300D diesel any imput as to pro's and con's of this vehicle and what to look for ??? Are the parts more expensive vs an 85? or harder to find?? Car looks good from picts.. what is a good reasonable price for a running one? Looks to be complete. and in good shape needs a battery
any input from you pro's would be appreciated
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:07 PM
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I love my 1976 300D. I paid 1000 for mine but it wasn't in the best of shape when i got it, but now it is a daily driver.

Parts are not hard to find, although some interior things you'll have to look for but usually you can find them. Pretty much everything mechanical is very easy to get, such as filters, brakes, engine parts........

The only down fall I guess is it being non-turbo, 0-60 in about 20seconds.

I average about 25-26MPG, on the highway.
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:20 PM
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Asking price is $1500 is that a fair price for one running? Does not look to have a lot of rust, but cant see the back from the pictures and also looks like it still has the original radio.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:27 PM
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I would consider 1500 a good price. I bought mine running, but it had a lot of little issues though. But now all of that is repaired, and I also have working AC.

The main reason I snatched mine up was because of the lack of rust. I have 1 small rust bubble on the left C-pillar. W115 are hard to find with little to no rust.

Post some pictures if you can.
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...e485-1-2-1.jpg
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:36 PM
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im guessing this is the one.

If you get it maybe you can come down to our get together in Titusville, FL on 3/27/10.

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/cto/1597701177.html
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...e485-1-2-1.jpg
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:35 PM
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Yep that is the one. I like the body style vs the 85 (all tho the 85 is nice too!) Mine runs but trying to get it road worthy, dont know if I would trust it on a long trip just yet... who knows maybe the other one is rough too never can tell from pictures...
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:37 PM
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yeah i love the W115 body style. Hopefully it will be ready in time for the get together. I also live in Jax.
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...e485-1-2-1.jpg
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:41 PM
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I am in riverside/avondale area, do you do all of your work? Or have you found a fantastic diesel mechanic??
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:48 PM
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I do everything myself.
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...e485-1-2-1.jpg
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:59 PM
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I was hoping you would be able to give me the name of a great mechanic for the hard stuff...It looks like I will just have to learn the hard way!
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:05 PM
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well there is

Patrick O'Neil over at Atlantic Imported auto. He used to work on my 280CE back when my grandparents owned it.
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...e485-1-2-1.jpg
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:13 PM
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Will have to check 'em out, he knows all about the vacuume stuff? Are they reasonable? I called around for prices for transmission fluid change (no filter) and they want an arm and a leg for just a fluid change! Time to learn how to do it myself!
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:17 PM
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Thats easy, change the filter too, no reason not to. Send me PM i'll help you out if you have any questions.

They're some what reasonable, I think he can handle vacuum things, thats simple.
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...e485-1-2-1.jpg
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:31 PM
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Thats what I figured, no reason not to change the filter at the same time since these transmissions are so finiky, gonna try again tomorrow on the brakes, then if I can get that figured out then I will try the transmission, right now I think the brakes are more important, there is just sooo much goo everywhere I dont know what to do first, cant tell where the leaks are coming from, what do you think about pressure washing inside the engine compartment? If I do, should I leave it running? Dont want to break anything.
The rotor I looked at today did not look like it was leaking anywhere, no signs of anything just the cacoons and webs, the brake lines were not leaking, no signs of leaks around the brake booster either
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:40 PM
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My motor looked like this when i first got my car:



I used Gunk engine degreaser and it now looks like this



Just cover the alternator, and cover the dipsticks for the engine and tranny. Do it with a cold motor.

Take off the vacuum hose going to the brake booster and feel for vacuum with the motor running. I bet there is little to no vacuum, if so its either a vacuum leak or a bad vacuum pump which can be rebuilt very cheaply.
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1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...e485-1-2-1.jpg
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