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Old 04-08-2013, 01:29 PM
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Beautiful grey market 300D! Welcome to the forum! The non-turbo engines will typically last even longer than the turbo ones do.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:14 PM
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Glad to have you as a member. The folks on this forum are the greatest and always willing to give helpful advice. Any maintenance that you will need to do to Dieter has already been done by someone on the forum, so don't hesitate to search the DIY section.

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Old 04-09-2013, 12:45 AM
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Welcome, Josh.

Very nice Euro 300D! Take car of her. If you need any help, let us know.

For any long trip (or any time you get in the car), I would suggest a small fire extinguisher above all else. If you were to have an electrical fire, there is nothing you can do but watch your nice car burn on the side of the road, unless you have a way to put the fire out. If the car breaks down, you can always have it towed at an expense less than what it is worth.

For the ancillary, I suggest the following as a minimum.

5+ gallons of water -for you and the car- Distilled if you can.
1 gallon ATF
1 gallon 15W40
^Both can be used as emergency fuel^
Several feet of 5/16" fuel line
Several feet of vacuum line and misc fittings
A few feet of return fuel line
2 primary filters
1 secondary filter
Assorted hose clamps
Ether or starter fluid --EMERGENCY USE ONLY--
Several spare (working and tested) glow plugs
Spare glow plug relay
Healthy assortment of fuses
80Amp GP relay fuse -I order about 5 and keep them in the glove box-
One of each type of exterior marker bulb
Metric socket set with short and deep well sockets
Metric wrench set
Breaker bar with adapters, etc
5 spare lug nuts
Jack and its accessories -including the lug wrench-
Full spare tire - stock rim and stock size tire
Portable tire inflator with work light and long power cable
Long zip ties at least 30 of them
Spare set of belts
duct tape
JB weld
brake cleaner

Change your radiator hoses now and keep the old ones as spares in the trunk. If you throw a belt, you run the risk of cutting one or both hoses. You'll be up that creek and no proper mode of propulsion if that happens. I have driven across this great land a few times and I guarantee you that when something goes wrong, you are out in the middle nowhere and everyone wants to take advantage of your situation. Plus, it will be raining and cold, so bring a good jacket and or a poncho.

One thing I would not do is carry Diesel fuel in a jug. I see no reason for that. Being in the military, you may well know that only a few things are used for one purpose in the battlefield. Adapt and overcome. You drive a vehicle that can and will run on just about any type of oil out there. Don't carry something that serves only one purpose when you can carry something that serves many purposes. I would carry more transmission fluid than anything else. It burns rather well in the engine as fuel and in an emergency, transmission fluid is a lot better than running without any engine oil. Not to mention transmissions like it, too.

Before someone mounts up on a high-horse, the suggestions above are for a survival or worst case scenario. Go ahead and tell me you would hoof it through a desert for the sake of saving a car. I wouldn't take the risk. If I lost an oil cooler line and repaired it well enough, I would dump ATF into the crankcase to get me to safety. It's a lot better than running the engine for 2 miles until it seizes up and you are back on foot!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:26 AM
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Wow Eaton9999 !

I was reading and waiting for the last post to give him a list of road trip essentials for his Diesel and bang you beat me to it ( your list was also more complete than mine, good job )
Anyway welcome to the newbie and as others have stated this site and it's supporters are a treasure trove of knowledge occasionally served with great wit.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:06 PM
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What part of the "greater" DC area are you from? I'm up NW of DC in Montgomery County, but I'm originally from the Chantilly area.

There are quite a few others experienced and knowledgeable w123 owners in the metro area, don't be shy and definitely seek them out if you get in a bind. I've had guys drive a hour to help me for 10 minutes from this forum when I was getting started.

Don't get discouraged if you find yourself in a bad way, 99% of the time someone on this forum has been there already and usually documented it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:11 PM
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My '84 5-speed Euro TD has the wood strips on the dash but not on the console switch-plate, ashtray, or shifter cover. I do have an extra wood-trimmed ashtray though if I want to dress mine up a bit more.

Does yours still have the trunk-mounted warning triangle?
Curiously, some other significant options that were availible only on Euro W123s included a driver's airbag and antilock brakes. (My TD has neither)

If it wasn't done recently by the PO, once you get your fuel issue sorted out, before you make that long cross-country trip, you might consider replacing the vacuum pump. See my thread from 4 years ago titled 'I lost my Balls! And other threads here on this topic.

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by vstech View Post
the stars before the .com means you tried to mention a competing forum that's not allowed.

lemme know if you want a euro wood shifter and center console... odd to see a euro with the TypeII climate control... also let me know if you want to swap that out...
I need the wood center console around the shifter, without power window switches. Mine's all cracked. PM If available.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:14 PM
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Nice euro! Even still has the euro tail lamps! Find yourself another euro front bumper.
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