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Old 09-05-2013, 12:26 PM
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any experience with "theft recovery" ?

I'm talking to someone about a 93 300D. He said its a theft recovery. Meaning it was stolen, insurance paid the owner, then the car was found, and insurance sold it.
When he sent me the pics, I realized it had a 94-95 front, the trunk said E300 Bluetec. So I'm thinking that someone put a bunch of different parts together to make this car. But its really nice looking.

Should I run away from this ? Smells trouble ?

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Old 09-05-2013, 01:12 PM
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California dealer plate, and what appears to be a premium price. Where in CA is it located? Have you requested at least a Carfax from the dealer?
Your other thread about inspections by Peachparts users prompts these questions.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:23 PM
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Its a private party. I'm still trying to piece it together. Don't have that much info yet.

I'll get a Carfax soon.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:55 PM
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Theft recovery, salvage title.

A salvage title 'can' be hard to insure.
Cuts 1/4 to 1/3 off the value of the car.

Not necessarily bad if you get the discount up front, because you'll take a haircut when you want to sell it.

Lots of odd stuff on the car.
W202 wheels, aftermarket grille, bluetec is wrong, should say turbo, trunk, bumpers and taillights are 94-95 as well.
With that much replaced, it implies a fair amount of damage at some point.


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Old 09-05-2013, 02:47 PM
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The salvage title on my car, cut the value in half.....
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:54 PM
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I don't have good vibes about it. I'm going to pass.

Its nice looking but its got too many parts put together from other cars.

Good to know about the salvage title/ insurance/ value issues.
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Are you sure it's not a '95? Perhaps the seller has the year wrong.
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Passenger side front fender has a vent/grill. Its a 95.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:11 PM
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My 300e is a theft recovery from the early 90s but with a clean title... has held up as good or better than comparable cars over the years. YMMV. I'd go through it with a fine toothed comb and make sure it has enough vin tags to be registered, that they match (the title and each other) and get a ppi to make sure it isn't two cars welded together. With a salvage title i would not come close to full price with it. However a theft recovery can be as solid and reliable as its clean couterpart.
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The thieves may have made the changes to disguise the car. Not a dumb idea.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:37 PM
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More often the thieves strip the cars. A front clip is valuable for most import cars. Its possible a later nose was the replacement. They keep them drivable enough so they can dump them somewhere in the middle of the night.

Priced 2-3k too high if the car is perfect otherwise, in my opinion. Waaaay too easy to swap instrument clusters on those cars too.
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Passenger side front fender has a vent/grill. Its a 95.
My bro's '91 is identical to that car, and has the vent in the fender. I believe ALL 124 Diesels had the vent.

Edit: WAAAAY too much $ for that car IMO. Many newer & as nice examples can be found for less.
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Passenger side front fender has a vent/grill. Its a 95.
negative...

all 124 diesel's from 90 through 95 have the vented fender...

in 86/87 they did not.
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negative...

all 124 diesel's from 90 through 95 have the vented fender...

in 86/87 they did not.
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I believe ALL 124 Diesels had the vent.
I guess I stand partially corrected...Rich
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Actually, all 2.5 diesels have the fender vent (including the 190D 2.5 T). The 603 cars do not. Looks like the 606 cars did get the fender vent though.

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