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Old 09-21-2014, 11:30 AM
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When buying a low mileage example expect to put around $10K into replacing all the rubber, suspension, and hoses, plastics, because it will most likely be dry rotted from sitting. Also, take into consideration that if it was a low mileage car it probably saw frequent short trips around town which is not good.
1999 E300 550K
1999 E300 209K
1998 E300 422K
1998 E300 150K
1998 E300 271K - GFs
1998 E300 212K
1990 300D 240K
1998 540I 6 Speed 170k
1969 AMC AMX 80k
2009 Suzuki GSXR-600 24k
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:43 AM
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all else equal buy one that was garaged. that way the rubber bits are much more likely to have survived. PS my wife puts up with my constant wrenching on the benz in part because i have another vehicle to fall back on.
'77 240D, 504H, OM617.952, etc.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:44 AM
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Based on what you have just said you need to own one these are lovely machines. Owing one for the long term it will continue to amaze you with replacing simple o rings and the various other parts which are rebuildable rather than replaceable. You'll also end up owing some new tools and with forums like this you will truly enjoy the experience, knowledge and new skill sets.
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by vollpreuss View Post
If one is patient there should be the possibility of finding something for less than 10K. Here's a 108K example for $7.5K. Not affiliated.

1987 Mercedes Benz MB 300 SDL Diesel
That's near me! If I had not just bought the wife a 95 E300D, i would consider that one.
1959 Gravely LI, 1963 Gravely L8, 1973 Gravely C12
1982 380SL
1978 450 SEL 6.9 euro restoration at 63% and climbing
1987 300 D
2005 CDI European Delivery
1995 E300D Handed down to daughter
2006 CDI Wifes

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Old 09-21-2014, 01:15 PM
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While the SDL is a wonderful car, the similar body style 81-85 SD and the preceding generation 78-80 SD are wonderful cars too. Unless you must have the rear seat legroom of an SDL and the incremental power, smoothness and quietness of the 603, don't discount 617 alternatives. Unless 105 mph isn't good enough and you need to go 115 mph, consider an older car if one in good condition and in a preferable color combo comes along. This is an emotional decision after all. All US SDLs came in leather with a handful in velour. MB tex was an option in older SDs which is more durable than leather and one less thing to care for. My backside can't tell the difference though my nose can

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