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Old 08-28-2002, 09:27 PM
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300D.....keep or sell?...opinions wanted

A relative of mine has a 1992 300D(my former car) that has about 289K...and some issues.......1.evap core....2. front end work(including shocks)...3.power steering pump leaking badly....her tech has quoted $3200 to fix all three items....but told her she might consider a new car before putting the money in this car
..a few more facts here....she has hardly put any money into the car since she bought it from me 6 years ago...except oil changes etc........the interior is in pristine condition..all electrical items work....the paint(specifically the hood) is starting to lose its clear coat after 11 years in the Texas sun..
car does run very good though(engine,trans)...I drove it a few months ago and I am pretty picky... :-)
She is very adamate about liking the diesel suggestion to her was to get a 1996-97 E300D
My reasoning is...I think her current car is worth about 4000-4500(fixed)....she could probably sell it for 2K as is(probably $1000 at the MB dealer as a trade in) I deem the repair not worthwhile


1992 300SD 146K
Columbus Ohio

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Old 08-28-2002, 09:32 PM
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I don't know the precise answer to your question but it may help reading my post "the naked truth."
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Old 08-28-2002, 10:29 PM
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Well, if it has been serviced well and not abused, then I'd suspect
that diesel should continue humming.
1992 seemed to be a bad year for some MBZ. I wonder if it was so for the 300D?

I am sure you can get it fixed for alot less.
I know that my mechanic could do it for alot less.

If you plan to keep it, get someone more reasonable to fix it

For $2K, I bet a member around your neck of the woods may buy it and DIY .

anyway that's my shot from the hip.
1979 300D 220 K miles
1995 C280 109 K miles
1992 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe 57K miles SOLD
1979 240D 140Kmiles (bought for parents) *SOLD.
1989 300SE 148 K miles *SOLD
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Old 08-29-2002, 12:44 AM
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I say get some more quotes and ask us again.

Remeber, while you might be able to just buy another used car, at least you know the history of this car's treatment and it seems to have been treated well.

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Old 08-29-2002, 09:42 PM
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Can be done for a lot less

Greetings Warren,

Your quote of course probably figures in labor at $85 an hour or more with most likely less that $500 in parts. The Evaporator core can be gotten used from European Connections for less than $100 as well as the power steering pump, and the rest of the front-end parts I'd buy new and still have considerably less than your quote stuck in the car and do the work myself. I think I;d go that route if everything else you say about this car is on par. If the engine and tranny are running strong and being maintained and the body and interior are in good to great condition, than trading out to another vehicle would be out of the question for me. Buying an unknown used vehicle from a dealer will just be another hole to throw money down. With what you have, you actually know what you have and what requires fixin. If you need European Connections Ph. No. let me know. Buy the new front-end parts right here online.

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Old 08-29-2002, 10:20 PM
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I'll take it!!!!


I'll buy it as is right now!!!!

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