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Old 04-29-2004, 02:50 AM
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Question Opinions on purchasing a 1987 300D

I am interested in purchasing a 1987 300D that is listed for $4400. The exterior color is black, and the interior is beige with a vinyl seat material. The 300D is located in CA.

The odometer on the 300D has 145K miles on it, but the owner claims that it actually has 155K miles since the odometer is broken.

The current owner is the second owner. He claims to have purchased the car in 1991 with 60K miles on it. The owner also claims that he changes the oil every 5000 miles and he uses Wal-Mart brand Super-Tech 15W-40 oil. The owner claims that the rear suspension links have also been replaced, and the transmission shifts correctly except for a sharp 1st/2nd gear transition. There is supposedly no body damage, and no mechanical problems. The interior has no tears or rips, and is supposedly clean. I asked for records, and he doesn't really have any written ones except for the receipts for the oil filters from the dealerships, and the previous owner's records.

The car has these known issues according to the owner:

1) broken odometer.
2) passenger side mirror glass is broken.
3) radio is not functional.
4) A/C doesn't blow cold, owner claims it was converted to R134A by himself, and the A/C system just needs to be recharged.
5) small U shaped crack in windshield near rear view mirror.
6) green coolant in cooling system instead of MB coolant.
7) original clutch cooling fan has been replaced with two electric fans according to the owner.
8) scratch on driver side door needs to be touched up or repainted.
9) various small dings/dents

I feel that the odometer mileage numbers may be lower than actual, and I have not had a chance to look at the 300D in person since it is 3 hours away, but I would like opinions on the price and potential problem areas (including the ones I listed above). I am trying to determine if this 300D is worth taking a closer look at.

Thanks in advance.

-Steve
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:57 AM
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My major concern would be the A/C conversion which, if not done right, is a very expensive fix (in the neighborhood of $2K) in the 124. The rest of the things seem minor, though mileage could be a problem if the odo is waaaay off.
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If it needs recharging, why hasn't he done it? I'd take $2,000 off for A/C that doesn't work correctly. If its the evap leaking (common problem) then that's a $2,000 job. If the compressor or manifold hose needs replacing, that's expensive too.
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Old 04-29-2004, 09:21 AM
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swogee,

Tell him fixing the AC is necessary before you will buy the car so you can see if it works. Then take it to an AC shop to have the AC checked for leaks and an estimate to fix it if it does leak.

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Old 04-29-2004, 09:32 AM
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a/c in a w124

I have to agree that the a/c system is very costly to repair if not working.

One of the things to look for is if the center vents open properly. If they don't then complete removal of the dash is nessesary to replace the vacuum actuators!! But then you have to do this to get to the evaporator too.

Good luck with the car if you decide to get it.

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Old 04-29-2004, 09:36 AM
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Sounds like a $2,500 car to me (at best) "as is".
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Old 04-29-2004, 11:08 AM
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'87 300D

Check old threads re: 87 300D's through the "search" function. Much has been written about this models strengths and weaknesses. See GSXR's excellent posts and photos. I think the greatest concern with an unknown car is the aluminum head of the 603 engine.
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Old 05-01-2004, 01:59 AM
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Thanks for the responses!

Thanks for the responses. I have determined that the seller of the 1987 300D in question was not being entirely honest, so I guess the search for a 300D continues.

Thanks again for all your help.

-Steve
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Old 05-01-2004, 12:05 PM
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Walk away from that deal.

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Ken,

But he was getting it for a "parts car" price.

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Old 05-03-2005, 09:53 AM
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If the head has not been replaced, I would automatically pass on it.
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:59 AM
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If you could have gotton it for $2,500-$3k even with no AC that would have been a pretty good buy. But the rest of the car would have to be pretty nice. Heck the engine alone is worth $1,500.

Just check to make sure their is no pressure in the cooling system after the car has sat all night. Other then that I wouldn't worry about the head.
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:27 AM
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The original post was from a year or so ago.. I wonder if he bought the car?
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