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Old 08-26-2012, 01:44 AM
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Thinking about a 1987 300TD

Been wanting a 1987 300TD and found this one on ebay...says it was owned by a former enthusiast that fits the description of many of us on this board

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The person I bought the car from was a life-long Mercedes collector. He switched out the original engine with one with very low miles with the better, sought after head. The actual mileage on the current engine is about half of the odometer reading. He didn't have the exact numbers for me. He also had a bunch of other Mercedes vehicles and all of them were in excellent condition, superbly maintained and driven responsibly. It was a little bit like adopting a baby from him as he had a hard time letting it go."

Was this the former car of anyone around here? Would be interested to hear anything else about it.

Mercedes-Benz : 300-Series 300 TD in Mercedes-Benz | eBay Motors

With that said, anyone thinking of parting with a w124 300TD here? I have a mechanically sound 1986 300SDL to offer up in trade (full or partial).

Post or PM me if you have any info for me! TIA!


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Old 08-26-2012, 01:48 AM
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Here's a link that works - Mercedes-Benz : 300-Series 300 TD in Mercedes-Benz | eBay Motors

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Old 08-26-2012, 02:15 AM
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Thank you for the correction, Sixto. I tested in another browser but obviously that was insufficient
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:00 AM
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There's something about eBay links that don't work on this site.

$5000 is a good price if everything works and you don't mind being surrounded by all that red on long trips. It would be nice to know that stacks upon stacks of service records from the previous owner and the current poet-owner are available for review and will accompany the car. Why don't they know when the engine was replaced. There should be a good story behind why the engine was replaced. I'm not kind to engines and they seem to go well beyond 200K miles under my right foot. Heck, our Caravan has 225K miles on the original unopened engine and transmission. Despite the younger engine, there's still 330K on the rest of the car and not much original suspension and driveline rubber lives that long.

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Old 08-26-2012, 09:07 AM
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30+MPG...
2 "service manuals"...
"includes spare set of wheels with snow tires"...
$5000.00
all pictures are of bad angles with bad lighting... no pics of engine or interior with detail...
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:37 AM
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Yes, I have asked for more pictures...here is his first response after my first round of questions:

" i will add some more pictures. to be honest, i haven't driven it much. a few test drives when i was buying it and since then it's been in storage. i start it up every week or so and let it run for a bit. when i did drive it, it was awesome. no issues that i noticed. i had my mechanic friend look at it b4 i bought it. no rust on the jack points as you usually find. don't know if the transmission was switched with the engine. a few of the LCD digits on the becker radio are partially not there but you can still read the station number. everything else seems to be working fine. vacuum locks and power windows and sunroof are all good. cruise works, AC and blower seem fine."
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:12 PM
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oh, by the way.
that car is IDENTICAL to my spare wagon...
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John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"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!!!

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1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:17 PM
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I don't know anything about this particular car, so this is purely speculation/my thoughts, but....

"no issues that i noticed." - that line is always a red flag for me, when people try to distance themselves from the car such as "I don't drive it often..."
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:44 PM
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Thanks for the feedback, guys. I have asked the seller if he has the contact information for this prior owner. Perhaps I can find out more information.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:06 PM
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MA? No under carriage pics?

ps- we may find ourselves in a bidding war
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