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Old 01-25-2010, 09:31 PM
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Should I Sell 1985 300 D

I bought an 85 300 DTw123 with 264k a couple weeks back and when i took it to get its initial service and tires, lo and behold sat an 85 300SD w126 Turbo one owner with 164K. the SD would be cheaper than the one i recently purchased. my concern is that the one i purchased has new front end, brake caliper, door stops, fuel lines, rebuilt vacuum pump etc. the 85 DT's interior is not as good as the w126 although neither are in mint shape or rough, the w123 needs a good cleaning and armrest. i was thinking of selling . my concenr is that the 126 may casue problems in the way of 25 year old parts where as the 123 has been looked after by the 3rd owner i am the 4th.
can i get 4000 for the 123? anybody in the market for a w123?
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:58 PM
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First thing do you have pics of the car? Otherwise telling you how much its worth is very very hard. Second what records do you have of the car service wise? What is wrong, everything even little things. If you can provide these things we can help you determine the cars value. And where are you another important detail in determining value.

And you will run into just as many problems on either car really, both are old and will have things break. But really go with what you want. Those old SD's were super sweet rides .....
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:10 PM
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IMHO: Certainly possible but not likely that your 300D would fetch 4 grand. As a comparison take a look at Tyler's very nice 300D for sale on this forum.

1985 300D: Ol' Turbo 198k, Wichita, Ks $3995.00

Unless yours is in comparable condition, or better considering yours has a bunch more miles on it, you would be extremely fortunate to find a buyer at that price.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:49 AM
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IMHO: Certainly possible but not likely that your 300D would fetch 4 grand. As a comparison take a look at Tyler's very nice 300D for sale on this forum.

1985 300D: Ol' Turbo 198k, Wichita, Ks $3995.00

Unless yours is in comparable condition, or better considering yours has a bunch more miles on it, you would be extremely fortunate to find a buyer at that price.
Is my car going to become the gold standard for correctly priced 300Ds?

I would say a 264k model would only worth $2000-$2500 unless the condition is outstanding with a disgusting amount of service records and everything functioning perfectly, or has been blessed by the pope. That is to an informed buyer. Some local yokel on craigslist may give you 4000 or more buying on emotion without doing any research. You could get lucky. My car had to go to a forum member because I genuinely care deeply for Ol' Turbo, but I knew I had to price it right.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:56 AM
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can i get 4000 for the 123? anybody in the market for a w123?
Sorry, but not a chance on this planet.
Others above have elaborated appropriately......
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:24 AM
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thanks to all who have crushed my dreams of trading up without costing me money. the car has some interior issues in the form of non working vanity lights , worn out sun roof button and bad RR window motor. also window seals need replacement.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:25 PM
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thanks to all who have crushed my dreams of trading up without costing me money. the car has some interior issues in the form of non working vanity lights , worn out sun roof button and bad RR window motor. also window seals need replacement.
Don't let all this completely dissuade you... take it with a grain of salt if you must. You really never know... a buyer may give you close to what you're asking. Try local CL and/or ebay to start and just be upfront & open with your description and photos. IMO, there is no gold standard.
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There is a formula you can use for determining how many Mercedes diesels you NEED to collect:

(How long do you expect to drive) / 20 = Number of MB diesels in inventory

Note, this is how many you NEED, not how many you might want.



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Old 01-26-2010, 07:08 PM
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There is a formula you can use for determining how many Mercedes diesels you NEED to collect:

(How long do you expect to drive) / 20 = Number of MB diesels in inventory

Note, this is how many you NEED, not how many you might want.



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I am 33 and roughly expect to drive for 40 more years... so I only need 2 MB's.. I already have 3.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:42 PM
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There is a formula you can use for determining how many Mercedes diesels you NEED to collect:

(How long do you expect to drive) / 20 = Number of MB diesels in inventory

Note, this is how many you NEED, not how many you might want.



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Old 01-29-2010, 07:04 PM
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Well, that's how many you NEED. Each MB will last on average 20 years.

Anything over that number is just for fun, like a hobby.......

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Old 01-29-2010, 07:35 PM
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:37 PM
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clean it, clean it, clean it-- polish and make it look at good as you can. That will help with the impulse, emotional type buyer. Suddenly the little things become very fixable to the buyer.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:15 AM
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clean it, clean it, clean it-- polish and make it look at good as you can. That will help with the impulse, emotional type buyer. Suddenly the little things become very fixable to the buyer.
That wouldn't work on me.... I'd say "yep, looks clean" then I'd be inspecting under the hood.
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