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Old 07-06-2004, 04:01 AM
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Advice: 1993 300e 2.8

Hey everyone,

my search has continued for a daily driver. i found the following and need some advice.

1993 300E 2.8 black/black leather
129,000 miles
2nd owner, bought in 1994
new tires (bridgestone), brake pads, rotors, belts
oil changed rougly every 6K miles (by owner - sometimes synthetic, sometimes normal) and tune ups every 6-8 months (MB dealer)
no records
$4,000, but was originally asking $5,500

drives like a dream!

the paint is nice all over - few to no dings, but it is oxidized on the hood, roof, and trunk - looks polish-able/wax-able.

leather is in very good shape

rear window doesn't work

he was asking $5,500, kelly blue book is $7,600. i was able to talk him down to $4,000 because he doesn't want the inconvience of taking the car to get a PPI. he said he will let a mobile mechanic come check it out at his house.

yea, there are drawbacks about the car but the price is great. i plan on getting a PPI by a mobile mechanic and taking the car as long as it checks out.

what do you think? what would you do?


1995 E320 Sportline Wagon "Bernard"
black on black leather
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Old 07-06-2004, 07:41 AM
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Woolwich, Maine
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Always have a compression check done, wet and "dry" and then, if the results are questionable, either don't buy the car, or have a leakdown test done to be sure of what you are buying.

Also, check carefully for oil leaks. I am not sure of this model year, but head gasket leaks that show by oil leakage are known for the in-line 6 in the W124 body.

Overall these are great cars. Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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Old 07-06-2004, 07:30 PM
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all the 104 engines i think. whether 202 or 140 or 124
bmw 2002.
long live the legend
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Old 07-07-2004, 06:27 PM
Join Date: Dec 2001
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I think the 300 2.8's are great cars.

They have the same 2.8 liter M104 engine used in 1994-1997 C280's.

However, I would never buy a car, even at $4,000, without a PPI.

Check for engine wiring harness deterioration and oil leaks at the head gasket.

Paul S.

2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
79,200 miles.

1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".
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