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Old 04-13-1999, 10:46 AM
Nicolas Dore
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I'm thinking of buying a 81-85 300D/T and live in Montreal, Canada. Investigating the car (I took taxis of the same model and asked the drivers questions...) I was told these cars need to be plugged in or kept in a heated garage when the temperature gets to -15C (5F) and below, or else they won't start. This is usual for 3-4 months out of the year here.

First question: what exactly gets cold? I'm new to Diesels and M-B and am wondering if it's the oil, engine head, fuel...

Second: is there any way to make it more cold-resistant? Does anybody know of different oils/fuel additives that could help? Any *known-to-work* tricks?

This might prevent me from buying it until I get a place with a garage.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Nicolas Dore
Old 04-14-1999, 10:19 AM
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Diesel fuel can gel up in extremely cold temperatures and any water in the fuel can freeze leaving your fuel line blocked. If you are buying a car that came from the northern U.S. or Canada, I would suspect that the block heater is already installed. The cord is usually stored in the front bumper area near the grill.
Old 04-14-1999, 08:05 PM
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In addition to the Engine block heater you will need a fuel system preheater! You live in a GREAT city!! OUI! Light-weight oil & regular valve adjustment will also help.
I believe that Germany is pretty cold TOO.
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