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Old 11-14-2013, 12:59 PM
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Possible problems with buying someone's headache, looking at purchasing a 300TD

I am looking at purchasing a 300TD to replace my 300D. The seller has been upfront with the issues. So far it it needs a vacuum pump (missing), a rear 'a-arm' (pnp arm included) and it has 'air in the fuel system' due to PO installing injectors.

I don't have an issue with the vacuum pump and suspension, but the air in fuel system is giving me second thoughts. Why would someone go to the trouble of installing injectors and then not bleed the fuel system? Possibly other issues? 300K+ miles.

Would you buy a car like this, given everything else checks out okay? Car is ~ $700. PNW people probably have seen this car on craigslist, its been on for over a year.

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with a mityvac you could bleed the fuel system in a few minutes and see how it runs. Or even show up with a water bottle full of diesel and direct plumb it

Possible with all the jobs piling up the guy just called it quits on bleeding the fuel system. Probably because he didn't want to fire without the vac pump.

though with the rear A arm issue, will the suspension pump up properly? or is everything torqued out?
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:43 PM
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pfft...just hit the fuel hand pump, and pump and pump until you get fuel back to the return line, then open up all the lines and crank the car until fuel hits them...
see if the car starts... SHUT IT DOWN QUICKLY IF IT DOES, and that way you at least know if you can start the car...
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Or pull the injectors and compression test it. If it reads out OK then hand over the money and tow it home.
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though with the rear A arm issue, will the suspension pump up properly? or is everything torqued out?
Apparantly its missing the A-arm. I'm not familiar with the TD's, its air suspension? I have some more research to do. I will have to ask the seller as well.
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rear suspension on TD is hydraulic... a-arms are fairly easy to change, and ANY 123/126 should be a good source for one.
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I am looking at purchasing a 300TD to replace my 300D. The seller has been upfront with the issues. So far it it needs a vacuum pump (missing), a rear 'a-arm' (pnp arm included) and it has 'air in the fuel system' due to PO installing injectors.

I don't have an issue with the vacuum pump and suspension, but the air in fuel system is giving me second thoughts. Why would someone go to the trouble of installing injectors and then not bleed the fuel system? Possibly other issues? 300K+ miles.

Would you buy a car like this, given everything else checks out okay? Car is ~ $700. PNW people probably have seen this car on craigslist, its been on for over a year.
We need at least a year model on the 300TD for correct answers.


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We need at least a year model on the 300TD for correct answers.
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It's 700 dollar car. If body and interior are good you will have to engage some risk I feel. Non running means there may be additional suprises or maybe not.

Your call but a decent one cannot be had for that kind of money out west I imagine anyways.
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Non-running and with parts missing-too risky be worth much over scrap value. Offer $500 max if you feel lucky.

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