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Old 08-19-2009, 05:35 PM
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who got the best deal on their diesel MB under $1000?

ok, i searched and didn't see a thread like this. hopefully this will give future budget benz owners an idea of what they should pay and what they can expect out of their MB. not to mention let us brag about how little we paid for these great cars.

basicly just post how much you paid
when you bought it
mileage then and now
what you did and spent to get it road worthy
and general idea of what you have into it.

oh and post a pic if you have one,

lets see who got the best deal on their car

83 300sd
$550
8/7/09 223k
8/19/09 224k
new brake line, fuel filter and oil $35
so far including tags and new nozzles (that i didn't need) i have under $800 into the car and she drives like a dream.

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Old 08-19-2009, 07:17 PM
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i paid $700 for my 77 and I couldnt be more pleased with it. I had to replace the tires, some of the brake components since it sat for 2 years. Some of the brake hoses rotted out, one of the front calipers froze that was replaced, carpetting was used for mouse nests. The body is very good for new england area, engine and tranny still good, paint is good still. Not too much money in it.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:30 PM
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I don't think I have ever bought one for less than a grand unless it was for parts or an organ donor or a repairable wreck.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:52 PM
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I just bought an '83 300SD with 535xxx KM's/332xxx miles two days ago. Gold exterior, motor runs well with little blow by. Plenty of power. Transmission shifts nicely, fluid smells and looks decent. It sat for a while under a cover, and I think the PO might have been the original owner (I didn't ask specifically). Just washed the engine today. I'll find out if any of the messy areas have any actual leaks. Needs new belts and possibly some injection work, since it doesn't like to stay running when it's right cold. Not perfect, some little rust spots, but she's an old beaut, and for $900 you can't go wrong!

It's replacing an '88 Corolla wagon that I got a $1000 insurance payout on after I got t-boned and it was totaled three weeks ago. Not too shabby!
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:23 PM
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I paid $100 for my TD almost 3 years ago and have done nothing to it but change the fluids and drive it. It'll need brakes soon and it needs a couple glowplugs. There are a few rust issues that need to be addressed in the near future but it's by no means a rust bucket. I've only put a few thousand miles on it so far since it's a play car, currently just shy of 107,000.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:56 PM
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ok, i searched and didn't see a thread like this. hopefully this will give future budget benz owners an idea of what they should pay and what they can expect out of their MB. not to mention let us brag about how little we paid for these great cars.

basicly just post how much you paid
when you bought it
mileage then and now
what you did and spent to get it road worthy
and general idea of what you have into it.

oh and post a pic if you have one,

lets see who got the best deal on their car

83 300sd
$550
8/7/09 223k
8/19/09 224k
new brake line, fuel filter and oil $35
so far including tags and new nozzles (that i didn't need) i have under $800 into the car and she drives like a dream.

Wow.....where did you manage to score one that cheap? That car is identical to mine, but in way better shape.

Around here the prices are massively inflated, and most have rust, so there's not much to pick from. Have to travel the country to find a nice one.

The cheapest we have bought was my dad's mint SD for $750, but it needed a motor swap and some trans servicing, so it ended up being around 2,500 all said and done. Still 1/2 what one in that shape is worth though.

My brother's 300D was $1500, but its not perfect....but has been a reliable daily driver for him/my dad for years now....

My '82 300SD:

Paid: $3700
Bought: 7/29/2003
Mileage then: 207,128
Mileage now: 282,300+
Nothing was needed to get it roadworthy....drove it 800 miles home just fine.
Into it since purchase... ....probably 10-11k by now. Don't want to think about it....

My 1990 300E:

Paid: $3250
Bought: 11/23/2008
Mileage then: 133,100ish
Mileage now: 141,690 or so
Nothing needed to get roadworthy, but I did a lot of "standard maintenance" right away....all fluids...filters....a few sensors, hoses, and idle valve....etc...
Into it since then....a little less than 2k....including a new set of tires, valve stem seal replacement, rear shocks....wires....plugs....etc. Gassers are needy.
It has no rust though, well worth it. And it runs perfect now and everything works....it should be with us for a loooong while. I've taken it on a few 300+ and 400+ mile trips no problem. Compared to a new car....the cost is minimal....only $500 a year to insure it too.
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'01 E320 - 172k - dad's (OC-171,500)
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:02 AM
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:03 AM
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I got the CD in '98. Dad gave it to me the week he died, 244k on it. My dad had it since it had about 16k on it. Now about 375k on it, used as the 'train station/winter beater
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:17 AM
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Bought my 1984 300td for $50. Original California car with a great body and paint. The interior was filthy from sitting for a few years but cleaned up real nice. Even had the original roof rack crossbars and the pull out cargo cover. The owner said the motor was bad but it turned out to just be the crank balancer pins were broken!! I fixed that and my wife has been driving it everyday for over 2 years. I love that car!
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:02 AM
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Does it qualify if I got my car for free from my grandmother?
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:24 PM
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'77 240D for $480 with 218k. Now at 231k. Along the way I've had to put in a slave cylinder, a windshield, two starters (got my money back on the first one), a voltage regulator, one brake rotor, one hood star (very important) and some tires and batteries.

'83 300D was $800 with 293k. Now at 309k. I rebuilt the rear brakes, had the front end rebuilt, and had to replace a windshield Now it needs the tranny resealed.

I don't want to get into what a money pit the gasser is.
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:00 PM
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I don't want to get into what a money pit the gasser is.
That mostly depends on which gasser it is. Certain motors (M110, M103, M104) are going to be cheaper to run than their V8 or huge complicated brothers...

I'd like to have an SL someday, and I don't even think I would go for a V8 model, I'm going to try and find a M103 or M110 euro powered one.

Overall my current M103 gasser has not really been any less reliable or any more needy than the diesels....and it has its advantages in certain areas too....oil changes are a bit cheaper...some stuff is easier to work on/access....and its just about equally long lived.
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'01 E320 - 172k - dad's (OC-171,500)
'07 E350 Wagon - 131k - dad's (OC-132,500)
'01 SL500 - 50k - dad's (OC-52,000)
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:24 PM
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For my 220D:

Paid: 500$ in car details.
Bought: 1 year ago
Mileage then: 138,000 miles
Mileage now: 142,000 miles
Needed new injection pump to run.

Had to put about 1,700 in replacing old rubber seals, tie rods, gaskets basically all the good stuff.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:45 PM
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little update.

so far in the past 2 weeks i've done a new valve cover, new oil cooler lines (my fault), new ignition tumbler (old one locked up), new gauge cluster (my fault), new heater control dealie and new euro headlights.

i paid $75 bucks for everything!

oh and i've logged over 1050 miles and only spent $80 on Diesel!!

i love these cars!
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:19 PM
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Bought a '71 220 in 1994 for $500. The car is long gone but the M115 engine/transmission is on it's 4th body ('71, '69, '68 and now a '72, all W114/115's) and running strong. Doesn't really count since it's not a diesel.

Bought a '73 220D in 1994 also. Paid $175 and had to put $5 in diesel and a new battery in it. Spent $10 at the car wash spraying the bird crap off it (no kidding, it had been stored in a barn with nesting hens), drove it for 8 years, gave it to my son who drove it HARD for two years and finally sold it for $2500 to a woman who speed parked a Toyota in the trunk! Damn, I miss that old beast!
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