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Old 06-12-2010, 11:17 AM
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1986 300d Euro

Howdy Folks!

I'm looking for some expertise and help. I'm looking at a 86 300d euro n/a
being sold locally.

here is the description Rare 1986 Mercedes Benz 300D, N/A Diesel. Imported from Germany, all european spec (with pw steering, ABS, pw sunroof, pw mirrors, and RARE factory tow hitch), moss green with green interior. OM603 (6 cylinder, naturally aspirated) Diesel with only 203,000kms !!! Auto, 4 speed, transmission. Runs excellent, shifts great but is due for a good service. It will need minor mechanical (shocks, brake pads), body (some rust spots that should be caught but the car is solid) and cosmetic repair but it has been serviced and maintained routinely until this point.

I've owned a MB240d and have been driving VW diesels (aaz motors) for the past few years.

My question(s) are - what do I need to look for when buying a w124? Is ther anything good or bad about the euro models? Parts-wise, are North American w124 parts the same?

thanks for your help!

Aivars
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:21 AM
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It will not be quick like the us turbo version. I think the NA version put out about 115 HP. That would make it about par with a turbo 617.
The fuel economy should be good.

The 124 is a good solid car. By this age nearly all the rubber bits will need replacing if they haven't been already.

I say drive it, if you like it, buy it.

Nearly all the parts but the aircleaner will be the same.
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:45 PM
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Before purchase, you might want to check with your insurance carrier to make sure they have no problem covering a grey-market vehicle. Also, if the car is from out of state, check the VIN with your motor vehicle administration.

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Old 06-13-2010, 12:08 AM
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You might also check the VIN with a local M-B dealer. Although you may not choose to buy a lot of parts from your dealer, there will be some that have no other source. If the European VIN is not recognized by the factory, getting those parts will be challenging. Some dealers will work with you, some won't.
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