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Old 12-13-2011, 05:39 PM
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Going Rate These Days for 87 300D

As I am about to sell my 91 300D that I'm flipping, and as my wife appears positively disposed toward this idea of buying a car, driving it for a couple of months, then selling for a modest profit, I think I might like to find an 87 300D to play with for a while. I think I've located one with about 200K, drives fine, good exterior and interior, but no AC and no service records. If I were to drive a hard bargain, what should I be willing to pay for such a car?

In part I'm simply curious, having owned an SDL, to see what a 603 feels like in a 124!
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:10 PM
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$800
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:27 PM
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the 603 powered cars are nice, tedious to get running right, and still have plenty of power.
I think $800 would be flat stealing it... 1500 is more fair. if it's REALLY clean, rust free, and you feel the mileage is accurate from personal examination of the car, the a/c shouldn't lower the car below 2500.
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:06 PM
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If I were in the market and found a nice one, I would not hesitate to pay 4k+...especially if I found one with some history and a newer head casting and interior not faded by the sun.
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:57 PM
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the 603 powered cars are nice, tedious to get running right, and still have plenty of power.
I think $800 would be flat stealing it... 1500 is more fair. if it's REALLY clean, rust free, and you feel the mileage is accurate from personal examination of the car, the a/c shouldn't lower the car below 2500.
If I'm familiar with the 90-93 300D, what's different about the 87 that I'd need to familiarize myself with? (other than the no. 14 head, of course)
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:16 AM
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That is about it...though I would not shy away from a 14 head, just be cautious.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:15 AM
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Some recent purchases a friend and I have done that I compared your car to:

1987 300D, 180,000, one year old paint, nice interior, one owner, needs no work $1200. Friend is asking $3700 for it, I think he is too high.

1986 300SDL, 220,000 nice car, needs front seats, window held up with tape $650, sold for $1200.

1986 300SDL, 124,000 actual miles, 2 owners, records up to 95,000 miles needs paint and interior fair $700, sold for $1400.

1997 S320, 212,000 miles needed 3 light bulbs, ant., $1400
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:50 AM
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Some recent purchases a friend and I have done that I compared your car to:

1987 300D, 180,000, one year old paint, nice interior, one owner, needs no work $1200. Friend is asking $3700 for it, I think he is too high.

1986 300SDL, 220,000 nice car, needs front seats, window held up with tape $650, sold for $1200.

1986 300SDL, 124,000 actual miles, 2 owners, records up to 95,000 miles needs paint and interior fair $700, sold for $1400.

1997 S320, 212,000 miles needed 3 light bulbs, ant., $1400
Those are some good deals!
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91 300D "Otis", Smoke Silver, 127k mi, other DD
98 E300 "Murray", Silver, 125k mi, Stage 2 Rocketchip chip tuned, son's DD

Twelve other MB's owned and sold
2002 Honda Odyssey 237k mi (want to name it "Homer," wife won't let me)
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:04 AM
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One I was looking at sold....I'm guessing for around 2500. There's another one within striking distance that I'm looking at, this time with working AC.
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91 300D "Otis", Smoke Silver, 127k mi, other DD
98 E300 "Murray", Silver, 125k mi, Stage 2 Rocketchip chip tuned, son's DD

Twelve other MB's owned and sold
2002 Honda Odyssey 237k mi (want to name it "Homer," wife won't let me)
1961 Very Tolerant Wife
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:16 PM
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Also, check CL . . . there seems to be a lot more MBZ diesels for sale this month.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:18 PM
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Im my area any running w124 or gen 2 w126 diesel is a good deal under $3500, most are between $3k-$7k.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:08 PM
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I don't know where "my area" is for Travis, but he has a good point that prices are reigonal.
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:11 PM
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Sadly around here the diesel selection is weak. But you can pick up a sparkling example of a gasser for less than a beat up diesel. Paid less for my mint 420SEL than I did for my 300SD. Crazy stuff. Both are great cars so I am not complaining though.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:52 PM
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I paid 4500 for mine 5months ago, with 146,000miles, also had brand new tires on it and came with a set of brand new winter tires. It had thousands of dollars in maintenance records from the 12 months before I purchased, but nothing for the other 23years. A/C didnt work at firat, but I got it fixed. Ive continued to do little things such as: balljoints, coolant flush, vacum line rubber replacing, new expansion tank, getting ready to replace glowplugs. But over all it has been a great car(now has 151,000.)

To be honest I think that if it had been marketed better this car would have, and still would, bring a bit more than 4500. I guess I just jumped at the right moment. I
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:53 PM
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1500-2000 IN GENERAL. It depends on your location and a whole lot of other factors like rust, suspension, interior, etc.
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