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Old 09-04-2003, 10:58 AM
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My quest for a 86 300SDL - latest news!

Remember the 86 300SDL that I was so interested in. 157,000 miles and $ 5000.00. Great interior and exterior. Owned by a senior couple for the last 13 yrs.

Well, grandpa does not want to budge from his asking price of $ 5,000.

They have no prior maintenance records. I was very interested in the car and asked them if they had a regular mechanic I could talk to. They said there was no fixed mechanic and they just got work done here and there.

Finally, when I asked if I could take the car in for a Pre - Purchase inspection, he refused, saying that he did not have insurance on the car and did not want to go through the trouble.

Now, I am not sure if I want to gamble. With a diesel, and expecially one which has a history of head cracking problems, I certainly wanted a compression test done.

On the other hand, these people are not car buffs and for them it is just an old car they want to get rid of. But without records...and not allowing me to get the car inspected...I do not know...

Should I walk away ?


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Old 09-04-2003, 11:51 AM
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yes you should i can get you one here in brooklyn 87 for $3500
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:32 PM
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Don't walk away - RUN
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Old 09-05-2003, 01:26 AM
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walk away.

1970 220D, owned 1980-1990
1980 240D, owned 1990-1992
1982 300TD, owned 1992-1993
1986 300SDL, owned 1993-2004
1999 E300, owned 1999-2003
1982 300TD, 213,880mi, owned since Nov 18, 1991- Aug 4, 2010 SOLD
1988 560SL, 100,000mi, owned since 1995
1965 Mustang Fastback Mileage Unknown(My sons)
1983 240D, 176,000mi (My daughers) owned since 2004
2007 Honda Accord EX-L I4 auto, the new daily driver
1985 300D 264,000mi Son's new daily driver.(sold)
2008 Hyundai Tiberon. Daughters new car
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Old 09-11-2003, 06:57 PM
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you have to at least drive and have it checked out, ask around if any of your friends knows a dealer who can organize a dealer plate for you, to drive around. When I bought my 83 380 sel, Grandpa was getting rid of his toys, he let me drive it to my mechanic, who checked it out and said it needed a minor tune up.
Anyway my point have it checked out prior, if you can. if not RUN, you'll find another.
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:53 AM
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Old advice: Don't buy a horse without riding it and looking at its teeth.


'03 E320 Wagon-Sold
'95 E320 Wagon-Went to Ex
'93 190E 2.6-Wrecked
'91 300E-Went to Ex
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