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Old 05-07-2010, 10:34 PM
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Buying advice on 1985 300D

I am going to look at a 300D tomorrow. The original asking price was 4000. the car got hit and now has a front fender that is damaged. The person selling the car is willing to give it to me for 2000 now. It has 200K, but is a cali car with no rust, and has a lot of new parts. The car seems a solid runner. Here is the craigslist post and the ebay listing. I think at 2K the car is a decent deal considering the car is in good condition(besides the fender). What do you think

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Old 05-08-2010, 12:26 AM
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how bad is the fender damage? it's a unibody car, crumple zone damage is costly to fix.
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:19 PM
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Fenders cam be replaced, the early ones were glued on too, so that will add to the cost.
You can get a new or used tail light also.
No a bad price. But drive it first.
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:05 PM
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(Apart from the accident damage) if it no longer lives in the sun check that all of the drains work and that the rubbers are good. A new life in the wet could cause some headaches...
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:16 PM
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85 fenders aren`t glued on. the guy should up date his pictures.

here is his e-bay add, didn`t meet reserve.

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Old 05-08-2010, 02:27 PM
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I bought my last 300D at Star European in Costa Mesa--where that car was sold in 2007. It's a stand-up place, but super expensive for repairs. The mechanic, Klaus, is from Germany and trained there under master MB types as a kid. He's got to be close to seventy years old. His shop was astoundingly clean--cleaner than my kitchen!
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The rest were crappy--including a 1970 Orange Gremlin.
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:46 PM
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so i bought the car yesterday for $1850. It drives very nice and shifts very smooth. It had a lot of new suspension parts(ball joints, upper control arms, shocks). It is absolutely rust free. It does look it has been repainted at some point but looks nice. I attached a photo of the damage. I will only need a new fender, which i do have, but would need to repaint it. I will also need a new blinker. The interior is in decent condition too(the drivers seat has a tear, and the back seat has a small tear as well). Noticed this morning that the master brake cylinder is leaking a little bit. Wonder if it can be repaired, or i will just get one from a junk yard. I never did do any valve adjustments, but it looks like that will have to be done as well(not sure if I should attempt this myself or not).
I almost forgot the tach does not work. Does 1985 w123 have an OVP relay. If it does where is it. I do not see it. I know that the SDL has one and the SD which has the same motor. I cant find it on mine.
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