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Old 09-11-2010, 11:09 PM
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Looking at a 1987 300D

I'm currently looking to buy a 1987 300D and was hoping to get some input from some of you who have owned one of these cars.
I will get the cooling system pressure tested before I buy one of these. Is there any way to test whether or not the automatic transmission is in good shape. I've only driven manual transmissions for the past 20 years.
The one car I've taken interest in so far has a picture of the instrument cluster with the car on. RPM's are at 700, temp is at 82 and the oil pressure is pegged at 3. The oil pressure doesn't seem right since the car is idling at operating temp. Is the oil pressure gauge on these cars electric, and therefore possibly faulty on this one?
Do these cars use shocks or struts? Is the ABS dependable? Thanks

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Old 09-11-2010, 11:38 PM
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I hope you meant 700 rpm. The OE tach doesn't go to 7000. It's not uncommon for the oil pressure gauge to peg at operating temperature especially right after an oil change. It is an electric sender, though. The car uses a strut up front but not a McPherson strut. Regular shocks in the back. I haven't read of ABS problems with any W124.

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Old 09-11-2010, 11:39 PM
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Here's some good reading on the subject -

1992 300D Turbo Diesel Recommendation

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Old 09-11-2010, 11:43 PM
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yup. electrical oil pressure gauge.
Struts, and ABS is pretty decent.
I'm still getting mine on the road, but I love the car.
mine is a TD, and it's a creampuff, babied all it's life, but it's still full of items that need addressing.
vacuum pump.
exhaust manifold flex section leaks, but I patched it for now.
fan clutch is getting replaced too.
we'll see how it looks after that's all done.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:47 AM
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my TD had the same few things worth mentioning, the trans cooling lines, Also most of my HVAC pods were shot to pot, most of them are easy to replace, the Center vent pod....Well. lets just say. Its been 4 months and I've yet to replace the bloody thing.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:22 PM
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... I just got my 2nd 87 running tonight... arrrgh.
it's a D, and the CAT was totally plugged. with it out, it runs quite well.
flushed the block and radiator, filled with detergent to degrease, and will be filling with G-05 tomorrow.
MANY issues electrically. the interior lights blink continuously and the seats, and windows are inoperable... the fuses were not in for those items... I plugged them in, and no change. well, the radio antenna started working partially.
check all these things too...

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"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

1987 300TD
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1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!
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