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Old 04-08-2001, 06:30 PM
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I have an opportunity to buy a 92 300E from a friend who just bought a new Jag. The car has 117K, fully serviced, SmokeSilver with Parchment Leather. I can get the car for right at wholesale. It has a little seepage from the head gasket...still runs fine, but I would need to get that fixed in the next few months. My dilemma...
I currently have an 82 300TD-T with 177K miles, near perfect condition, white with navy leather. EVERYTHING works on it (even the rear wiper now). The 300E has new struts, A/C, belt tension shock, valve guide seals, shocks, cooling system, and brake hoses. Should I keep my old reliable 300TD-T or sell it and get the 92?
I would appreciate any input from any of you who would share your opinion. I would love to keep the wagon, but I don't have a covered place for it, and with the paint near perfect, I won't leave it outside. I would appreciate ANY thoughts!
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Old 04-08-2001, 10:43 PM
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Where are you located and what amount would you want to sell the wagon for?
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Old 04-08-2001, 11:20 PM
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Do you have to sell the wagon? Why not keep it? If you decide to sell, my guess is, you will miss it for about five minutes.

The 300E is smoother, quieter, more comfortable and quicker. You will miss however, the fuel mileage. You'll get 18-20 MPG with the 300E

The only possible draw back is, you may have to face the repairs you have already made to the 300TD. My guess is, you won't mind because you'll e enjoying the "new" car so much.

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Old 04-09-2001, 12:26 AM
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Thanks for the replies! I have done most of the upkeep on the 300E, and know most of the history. He is the second owner. I think it should be between $12-1500 to change the head gasket. With the need to haul clients around, the 300E gives me the option to pile things in the trunk and not have them seen. I wish I could keep Hilde, but I live in a condo and don't want to leave it out. I'm in Dallas, and the heat here will ruin a car quickly sitting out. It stays covered pretty well all the time. I'd like to get around $5K for the wagon. It has 171 (I looked at it wrong) full service records, the suspension levels perfectly, AC is WONDERFUL, and I'm about to install new motor mounts. I just installed Euro lamps that look GREAT. The wagon has NEVER had paint work done, and the carpets look like new. The seal around the transmission filter pan needs to be changed (seeping) so I will probably have that done this week.
If anyone would like pictures of the wagon, I can email them.
If anyone would like to share stories of head gasket replacement, I'm all eyes...
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Old 04-09-2001, 12:54 AM
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I'm with the fellow who wants to buy it from you... if it weren't for my recent purchase of an '83 300D-T which I adore.
If you are in a warm climate and the car is in such good condition, why would you get rid of it? Moreover, although the 92 might be great, where is the character? Wait a little and get a new C class if you want gas.

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Old 04-09-2001, 11:47 AM
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Gregory,

Part of me is inclined to agree with you, however I helped my friend pick out this car a few years ago, and fell in love with it immediately. This is my 4th W123, and, although it's my favorite, I love the character of the W124 with the straight 6 sound. It has a rumble and a feel that the newer V6 just doesn't have. And, since I've done most of the maintenance on the 300E for him, I know the car. I am going to go ahead and have the head gasket replaced and a valve job done in the next few months. I'm going to be calling and getting estimates this week.
So, the wagon is for sale...
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