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Old 09-15-2013, 11:08 AM
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1975 300D Look Like a Good Deal?

http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/cto/4067299991.html

Thinking of scooping this up next weekend and wanted to get some opinions from the more educated Benz folks before taking the plunge. It's 2 minutes from my house so I will taking a gander at it today.

Let me know your thoughts.

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if as described, wait until next weekend and it will be gone. take $1000 cash and be able to take it.
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Agreed with the exception of rust. If some can be seen there's probably more. Pull up the carpets and remove the back seat. Get under it and poke around with a screw driver. If decent probably a good buy.

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Old 09-15-2013, 12:15 PM
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If in decent shape, I plan to at least leave the guy a 25-50% deposit. Just hoping this rain lets up so I can go kick some tires.

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Thanks for the replies BTW

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How does he know it will drive 1000 miles? From looking at it, I'd say it could only make it 823 miles.

Seriously, it looks like it will need a lot of body work.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:10 PM
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I think unless it runs and drives like a new car $1000 is a bit too much to pay. I bought a really nice running 76 300D for $600 and used the motor and tranny in my 74 240d that the lovely #3 daughter filled with gasoline and drove a hundred miles in. Course that was fifteen years ago I suppose if that matters.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:20 PM
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IMO

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1975 MERCEDES 300D

Thinking of scooping this up next weekend and wanted to get some opinions from the more educated Benz folks before taking the plunge. It's 2 minutes from my house so I will taking a gander at it today.

Let me know your thoughts.
Not to bad for the claimed condition.

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I was going to say, it was worth the price....with the nice exterior color....then I seen the two brown doors.....to much money in my eye....both doors would have to be removed....stripped and hopefully color matched.....and sure just needs a valve adjustment and let me guess....the ac just needs a charge.....no photos of the interior.....if that is trashed....more money out of pocket....as it sits maybe 500$....after an inspection maybe 800$.....wouldn't go over a grand though....
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:34 PM
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Hmm

other MB diesel samples in the area.

300D
chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "300d" - craigslist

300SD
chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "300sd" - craigslist

chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "300td" - craigslist

240D
chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "240d" - craigslist

220D
chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "220d" - craigslist

200D
chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "200d" - craigslist

190D
chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "190d" - craigslist

Mercedes diesel
chicago all for sale / wanted classifieds "mercedes diesel" - craigslist

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Old 09-20-2013, 09:12 PM
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I ended up passing on the car. A friend ended up getting it for $700. Its gonna need floor pans so, looks like my welder will get some use with the car. It did drive like a dream though.

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Old 09-20-2013, 09:37 PM
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Take lots of pictures. We always enjoy a good repair story!
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I love how people always misrepresent. This may be nice 1984 mercedes 300d turbo, 102K MILES one owner until may 13--PRISTINE but per the seller:

"This car has not been freshly detailed, it has always been kept in this tip top of shape

Recent work i have done in last 30 days, OEM--> Steering box, ball joints, steering stabilizer shock, 4 high end touring tires, front end alignment, oil filter, fuel filters, air filter, front rotors/pads, back pads, compressor/dryer"

I've never had steering box, ball joints, tires, AC compressor fail at the same time on any car that I had MAINTAINED for a long time in pristine condition - especially on a MBZ. What else is he lying about?
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Not even worth half that on a good day.
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I had a 75 300D and miss it every day, but I put a TON of work into it. Unless you enjoy doing lots of body work it's not worth more than a few hundred.

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