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Old 10-27-2003, 07:23 PM
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Post 300 Te

I just bought an '88 300 TE for a song at a local wholesale auction. The car is clean and the rumble (the reason it went so cheaply) is a bad rear driveshaft flex connector ($40). So I want to know what else I need to look for and what the known problems are for this beast. It has 172k mi.
1999 E320 (gave to daughter) 250K
1994 F150 (new engine installed!) 240K
1989 560 SL (valve tap) 150K
1986 560 SL (deceased., gave it's life protecting my wife)
1988 300 TE (departed)
1994 945T (awaiting engine diagnosis) 349K
1986 242Ti (fallow)
1968 GT500KR (under restoration)
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Old 10-27-2003, 07:39 PM
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Hah, you beat me, I spent $4500 on mine!

Bounce the rear end -- if the suspension isn't soft, you need new accumulators for the self leveling rear end. This is important, as when they go completely flat, the struts get pounded to death and the cost the earth. Ride should be glassy smooth with two adults in the rear.

Replace the front flex disk, too, it's probably bad if the rear is.

Check the links on the rear suspension, at this milage they may be wearing. The rubber on the bushings (vulcanized in place) will tear and shred. If any are bad, expect to replace them all.

Check the rear diff mounts, probably also gone, causes thumps when shifting.

All the rubber hoses in the engine compartment are likely rock hard and leaking unless previously replaced, including the idle control valve hoses.

Nothing else particularly specific to the wagon, everything else is typical of a W124, including the maddening leaking AC evaporater.

I've replaced all the rubber in the engine compartment, a water pump (at 218,000 miles!), the accumlators in the rear, and need to do the flex disk and evaporator this winter. Else trouble free except for a fan clutch and new radiator cap.

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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Old 10-27-2003, 07:43 PM
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The buzz words for a search on that series car is M103 and W124 engine and chassis respectively. At the mileage you stated there is the potential for anything on the car to die regardless of defective design or not. You'll love your wagon.
1994 E320 Wagon (Died @ 308,669 miles)
1995 E300 Diesel (194,000)
1999 E300 Turbodiesel (244,000 miles, dies at 255,000)
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 AC 4X4 (115,000 miles)
2011 Audi A4 Avant (129,000 miles) hate this car!
BMW 330 xi 6 speed manual (100,034 miles)
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