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Old 05-28-2002, 01:48 PM
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Converted Diesel...Need Advice

I am in the process of looking for a wagon with a third seat for a friend of mine.
I want to find a 1981-1985 300TDT.
Here is something very interesting I found:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1832339567

1984 300TDT converted 30000 miles ago to a TE.
Please advise regarding:
1. Reliability
2. Gas Mileage
3. Your honest thoughts on this vehicle in particular.

My mouse-finger was just itching to "buy it now" for $4,500, but I needed to consult with the Jedi Council for advice first!

Thanks in advance!
-Brian

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Old 05-28-2002, 04:57 PM
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It looks like it was an engine swap.

Were there any gas wagons of this W123 variety in the US? Might have been a grey market donor car.

Personally, I think I'd pass as I not that much of my own mechanic.

-m
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Old 05-28-2002, 07:02 PM
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It sure is pretty. You could always convert it back to a diesel....
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Old 05-29-2002, 01:32 AM
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I don't know man....I've seen VERY FEW conversions of any kind that were done right. I wouldn't trust it unless I knew who did the conversion, and that they didn't do a hack-job. This one looks nice and shiny, but that doesn't mean everything works right, or will last.

Why would anyone do such a conversion anyway? The diesel would have outlasted the gas engine by a LONG shot! Oh, well...

He's asking too much for it, regardless.

Mike
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Old 05-29-2002, 03:21 PM
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Thanks guys!
That's why I asked you first b4 pursuing it.
Your advice is more than enough for me!

I will steer cleer...

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