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Old 03-23-2015, 11:04 PM
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Question 1993 300 SD w/ 606

Hi, I think it's time to sell my baby. I used it as a summer cruiser. 142,000 miles new front tires. 105,000 on the 606. Great running car what's it worth? Any ideas ? Thanks jef http://606transplant.shutterfly.com/

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Old 03-24-2015, 12:15 AM
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Nice but what's in the coolant reservoir? Any pics of the intercooler?

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:09 AM
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Mercedes coolent, what else?
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:53 PM
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That is an awesome swap, very clean. Only I would have clean/painted all of the visible metal (such as the oil filter housing), not just the intake manifold.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:07 PM
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Damn, that's tempting...

I did some digging on the net. I must first commend you on doing a well thought out, meticulously detailed, and well done installation. Dare I say that you probably did a better job than I would have done, and I've done a fair number of engine swaps in years past.

Your primary question was about the value of the car – and that is difficult to ascertain. Unfortunately the severe depreciation of all w140 cars is a factor, even in a situation where you have a unique car on offer. It will take someone who is an enthusiast; somebody that really appreciates the attributes of both the 606.962 and the w140 chassis. That being said, this forum is probably your best bet.

Personally, I absolutely LOVE the 606 engines, but I am wary about the w140 chassis. (Ignorance breeds fear?) If this conversion was done to a late w126 rod-bender, I might be all over it for a long distance & cross-country cruiser.

It would be helpful to list other aspects of your car. How about the overall condition and history of rust and/or accident damage and/or paint work? More importantly, what (major $$$) common problem areas on the w140's have already been addressed – such as the A/C evaporator? Has the trans been gone through, or is is original? Has any of the suspension rubber (or joints) been replaced yet? Are all the ancillaries functioning?

Convince me that I'm not insane to consider a w140 chassis, and I might just bite...
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:19 AM
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Convince me that I'm not insane to consider a w140 chassis, and I might just bite...
The W140 is really nice. Not as sporty or nimble at the 124, but quiet & comfy. And significantly larger in every dimension... make sure you are ok with the size. Otherwise, the 140 is just as DIY-able as the 124. A bit more complex due to the extra features, but still mostly discrete systems you can figure out and repair.

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Old 03-26-2015, 01:00 PM
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Thanks Dave, your input is always helpful & appreciated.

I've done *A LOT* of reading on the w140's during the past couple of days, and my prior trepidations are mostly allayed.

I bought my w210 with intentions of using it for cross-country drives but it isn't as comfortable for my aging & decrepit lower back as my w124's have been. So the idea of a w140 with a 606.962 sounds very interesting indeed. I don't necessarily need a leviathan sized car, but if a w140 rides even nicer than a w126, then this just may be the ticket. I'm also curious to know what type of mileage he's getting with it.

Hopefully the original poster will return soon...
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Current rolling stock:
1992 500E 217,000+
1995 E300D 412,000+
1998 E300D 155,000+
2001 E320 227,000+
2001 E320 Wagon, 177,000+
1995 E420 135,000+

Prior MBZ’s:
1952 220 Cab A
1966 300SE
1971 280SE
1973 350SLC (euro)
1980 450SLC
1980 450SLC (#2)
1978 450SLC 5.0
1984 300D ~243,000 & fondly remembered
1993 500E - sorely missed.
1975 VW Scirocco w/ stroked, slightly de-tuned Super-Vee engine - Sold after 30+ years of ownership.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:32 PM
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I'm not sure what I'm getting for mileage. All I know it's a blast to drive and yes the evap coil was done . Front end is tight new tires, a few small things but Nothing crazy.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:58 PM
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I second the comments on the meticulous engine swap. I have so much respect for MBZ enthusiasts who have the knowledge and yes, the balls to attempt such a complex and challenging project! Major props. I hope you get a good price for your S300 Turbo Diesel - one that reflects the care and hard work you invested into the car!
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:45 PM
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I appreciate the terrific comments about my car even though it was a lot of enjoyable work I appreciate the benefits of a wonderful car .although not perfect it has a few of the w140 gremlins ,it's still a smooth quiet great car to drive especially at a 85 plus miles an hour!
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:01 PM
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All I saw was pics of engine. Do you have pics of whole car? A newer s class turbo diesel is really awesome and something the whole United states has None of.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:19 PM
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All I saw was pics of engine. Do you have pics of whole car? A newer s class turbo diesel is really awesome and something the whole United states has None of.
Which is funny because the W116 and W126 diesels were US only, now we only get the AMGs, S550 and S600.
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80 300SD 183K- Brother's
83 300D manual 100K chassis- Dad's
87 190D 320K
88 Yugo GVX 9K
90 300D 226K
90 Lexus LS400 189k- Brother's
91 F150 4.9 160K
93 190E 2.6 Sportline Limited Edition 230K-Mom's
93 190E 2.6 Sportline Limited Edition 91K-Mine
96 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 242K
03 Sprinter 2500 Passenger 220K
06 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 105K-Mom's
Parts cars:
77 240D Auto-RIP
79 300SD- RIP
80 300SD
83 240D-RIP
85 240D-RIP
91 190E 2.3- RIP
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:55 AM
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Jef D: Please check your private message box. I sent a message several days ago...
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Current rolling stock:
1992 500E 217,000+
1995 E300D 412,000+
1998 E300D 155,000+
2001 E320 227,000+
2001 E320 Wagon, 177,000+
1995 E420 135,000+

Prior MBZ’s:
1952 220 Cab A
1966 300SE
1971 280SE
1973 350SLC (euro)
1980 450SLC
1980 450SLC (#2)
1978 450SLC 5.0
1984 300D ~243,000 & fondly remembered
1993 500E - sorely missed.
1975 VW Scirocco w/ stroked, slightly de-tuned Super-Vee engine - Sold after 30+ years of ownership.
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:33 AM
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All I saw was pics of engine. Do you have pics of whole car? A newer s class turbo diesel is really awesome and something the whole United states has None of.
We do have S350 BlueTecs which have been around for awhile in the US, albeit rarer.
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