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Old 10-19-2011, 11:01 PM
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WTB: 1985 300CD

Hi All - new member here located in San Antonio. I have experience with TDI's and Toyota turbodiesels....now seeking to purchase a 1985 300CD to learn / explore. I have been on the site for a while - and now finally joined. Prefer anthracite gray - but that is just my wish list. Price range: $3.5K to $6.5kish. Prefer to purchase a 300CD that has some history to it - not just going the Ebay route. I have no problem buying long distance and putting the car on transport back to SAT.

Thanks in advance for any leads etc. PM is the best way to get a hold of me. And if I'm breaking the rules by posting a WTB thread here - please advise and I'll remove. Thank you.

Daryl
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:08 PM
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I don't think I've ever seen an '85. I don't think they sold many CD's that year. They were turbo from '81 onwards, so you might want to broaden your search. There was a blue one in my town that was for sale for a very long time, but I think it has finally sold.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:29 PM
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I knows theres one running around here somewhere but dont know what year it is,
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:52 AM
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84-85 are the same car, besides the 2.88 diff. Those are generally the best year, as the kinks are worked out, and they have the most features.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:55 AM
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Iam on the west coast in Calif., here are a few I ran across on CL. give an idea of what`s out there.

1983 Mercedes 300cd turbo diesel coupe

These next 2, looks like the guy has a yard full
1984 Mercedes Benz 300CD Turbo
1982 Mercedes Benz 300CD Coupe

Mercedes Black1983 300cd Turbodiesal CLASSIC

1983 MERCEDES 300CD

1983 mercedes 300CD CDT turbo diesel WVO

an 80, this would be none turbo
1980 Mercedes CD Coupe Diesel

a 78. this shows the verticle push buttons for the AC/Heat. this is the one with the evil Servo. a good reason to stay with 82 - 85
1978 MERCEDES 300CD COUPE DIESEL TWO DOOR

1982 Mercedes 300CD TurboDiesel

Finally found an 85
Rare 2door Coupe Diesel 1985 300cd Mercedes

another 85, but farther away from you, in Portland. a very nice example.
1985 Mercedes Benz 300CD 2 Door Coupe Turbo Diesel

How about Seattle. a pretty red one
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/2658674044.htmltle?


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Old 10-20-2011, 07:48 AM
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Thanks for all the input. I had a bead on a 85 300CD in the anthracite / palomino - alas sold before I could pull the trigger long distance (confirm hauler, etc) - but there will be another one out here somewhere. I'm checking in on the blue 85 Charlie pointed out......

Charlie - what search function are you using for CL - searchtempest?

Thanks again.
Daryl
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:30 AM
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I have a California '85 300CD. It's the only year they put the TrapOx system on them.

If you end up going for a Cali model, make sure you ask about the turbo recall history on the car.

The previous owner on my CD tampered with the trap can, voiding the recall. Luckily there aren't any issues with mine and MonsterCraftsman fabricated a bypass pipe that I'm installing to eliminate the acceleration lag since my trap can was hollowed out by the PO.

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:23 AM
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I just searched on Craigslist.com and what was local to me, and also clicked on the U.S. cities on the right.

If you do get a Cali 85 you can do as Chad did with the Monster Craft pipe. Or look for a intake/exhaust manifold from a 78 or 79 W116 300SD. those 2 years do not have the EGR, and cleans up the look of things w/o capping off things. then w/o the trap you can use a Fed starter w/o being stuck using the Cali $$$ starter. I also use a fed Turbo.

The 85 with a Trap are a dog at higher elevations. after the Trapdectomy they get their balls back.


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1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:43 AM
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I have 3 here in the Houston area to look at ,all run and drive great ,
(interior condition Ill rate with a number-varys car to car)
#1- a daily driver,an 84 which is blk exterior ,palomino interior ,needs a/c but for the right price I can make that new for you.(interior #5)drive it home,
238k showing
#2 parked for need of body parts,a frt fender ,drk blue with palomino,borrowed to replace another,it has a great suspention and drive train ,(interior #7 )178k showing
#3 This one will be a bit more in price ,burgandy and palomino ,64 k orig miles,(interior is a 9 1/2) needs just a few touches to make mint.
Im very experienced with the 300cd ,ask any questions you might have.
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I sense you might buy sight unseen. That is just too risky in my opinion. If you buy long distance you really should look at it yourself. Barring that pay for a real inspection by someone really familiar with these cars before purchase.

I once brought a museam piece as the description went. Thank god I did not forward any funds and stated I would pay upon pickup. All I lost was the travel costs. It was far from even driveable.

It was almost the worse car I have ever seen. In the pictures and description it was fabulous. He wanted to ship it to me but I was insistant we would look at it first when we picked it up.

Actually you might get better results by posting this in the cars for sale and wanted section.
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I sense you might buy sight unseen. That is just too risky in my opinion. If you buy long distance you really should look at it yourself. Barring that pay for a real inspection by someone really familiar with these cars before purchase.

I once brought a museam piece as the description went. Thank god I did not forward any funds and stated I would pay upon pickup. All I lost was the travel costs. It was far from even driveable.

It was almost the worse car I have ever seen. In the pictures and description it was fabulous. He wanted to ship it to me but I was insistant we would look at it first when we picked it up.

Actually you might get better results by posting this in the cars for sale and wanted section.
sound advise, I ebayed my first MB, paint was the best I ever saw, working AC, low miles, unfortunately the floor was so rotted the rear suspension was dangerously unsupported, and I found they had switched the cluster.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:28 PM
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Iam on the west coast in Calif., here are a few I ran across on CL. give an idea of what`s out there.



These next 2, looks like the guy has a yard full
1984 Mercedes Benz 300CD Turbo
1982 Mercedes Benz 300CD Coupe

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the 2nd coupe that charmalu linked supposedly has a 5 speed in it?!? it is costly (8500) but the price might not be as firm as some think it is.
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the 2nd coupe that charmalu linked supposedly has a 5 speed in it?!? it is costly (8500) but the price might not be as firm as some think it is.
It also has a 5cyl "rally engine", whatever that means. Guy sounds like hes full of it, but maybe someone has performed a conversion, would be a great car if so, and if the guy can be believed.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:52 AM
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Chad, Charlie, Barry, Lutz, Drop - thank you all for your excellent feedback - ton of knowledge here - especially on the trapox item. I'm sending a note over to chasin in Houston to discuss the 300CDs he has....especially since I can drive over to check them out. You are right - long distance buys of an older vehicle can be extremely risky. I'll keep you all posted - and if you see something pop up - shoot me a PM or call 210-379-3042. Thanks.

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Old 10-21-2011, 01:05 PM
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Chasinthesun; I'm in the Houston area. How may I contact you and look at the cars?
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