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Old 11-06-2015, 08:18 PM
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New 240D Owner

A few weeks ago I joined the forum and asked a few questions about the brake booster on a 240D I was looking at. Today I went ahead and pulled the trigger. Figured I couldn't go wrong for $1500. Looking forward to sorting out the few minor issues.
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:08 PM
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What are those in the garage?

Perhaps you didn't go wrong but may end up putting several dollars into it before it's where you'll like driving it.
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:54 PM
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Looks fairly good, but you know it's been wrecked right?

I miss my pastel blue wagon...
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:07 PM
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Congrats on your new 240, Nice looking car.
Every once in a while you do have to dump some money into these cars.
Do it right and you can drive a long time between deposits.

Our 80 240 I got for free from the original owner. been a great 240, did probably drop in a couple thousand dollars in the past 5 1/2 years.
The spedo showed 305960 when we got it and now up to 3832xx, and
the engine has been flawless so far.

These 240 will run for ever if taken care of.


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Old 11-06-2015, 11:16 PM
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You'll be upside down, either in money or time....before you know it...

Need more pics, but I have a sneaking suspension...That most of the seats will be bulimic...
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:59 AM
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Looks like a nice car to me. Why do you think its been wrecked John?
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Old 11-07-2015, 07:48 AM
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What are those in the garage?

Perhaps you didn't go wrong but may end up putting several dollars into it before it's where you'll like driving it.
Well, I already like driving it. The other cars in the garage are a '63 MG Midget and a '25 Dodge Brothers Touring. My teenage boys drive the Midget in warmer weather. Picked this up for them to drive as it gets colder.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:04 AM
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Need more pics, but I have a sneaking suspension...That most of the seats will be bulimic...
I have no idea what this means. That it will be vomiting horsehair?

FWIW, upholstery is tear free. Drivers seat needs the pool noodle treatment I have seen described on this site to firm it up.

I've got a pretty good idea of what I'm getting into. I owned a 250C for several years and did my own work on that. I'm just glad it runs and isn't a rust bucket. Thanks for the welcome, those who are welcoming.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:32 AM
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If the springs are broken in the seat, the seat spring box in a W126 will fit in the w123.
Just remove the electric seat track and swap over your manual ones.
It is an up grade over the 123 seat.

If your 240 is an automatic, that is perfect for a teen age driver.

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there were three HP ratings on the OM616...

1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...ilys/boobs.gif


Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

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Old 11-07-2015, 09:16 AM
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Well, I already like driving it. The other cars in the garage are a '63 MG Midget and a '25 Dodge Brothers Touring. My teenage boys drive the Midget in warmer weather. Picked this up for them to drive as it gets colder.
Where do I apply to be one of your kids?
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Old 11-07-2015, 09:27 AM
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The pool noodle trick gets old,,, I have a seat spring here -> https://www.benzbonz.biz/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36&products_id=1891
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Old 11-07-2015, 09:34 AM
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If the springs are broken in the seat, the seat spring box in a W126 will fit in the w123.
Just remove the electric seat track and swap over your manual ones.
It is an up grade over the 123 seat.

If your 240 is an automatic, that is perfect for a teen age driver.

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Thanks for that advice Charlie. I'll bear that in mind when I get to the seat project. Not sure yet if they're broken or just weak. First priorities are restoring vacuum assist to the brakes and lighting to the instrument cluster.

Jooseppi, not taking applications to add new kids, but there are days when I'd be willing to make a trade. . They're good kids, though, and they seem to enjoy driving and working on cheap, somewhat Spartan classics vs. the newer boring cars their classmates drive.
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Old 11-07-2015, 09:57 AM
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Hope the kids are not in a hurry to go places! But a pretty safe alternative.

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Old 11-07-2015, 10:26 AM
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When my five kids were driving my cars I kept a few 240D's around at all times....last one drove my 300D's. Good cheap to maintain, safe handling and good in a crash cars. Love them!
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:36 AM
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I bought one of these knowing it will never be as cheap as an old Honda. But the whole point is to get the kids learning to work on cars. If you think of it as an investment in their education it's cheaper than a couple of courses at the local college.
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