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Old 09-23-2000, 10:07 PM
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I stumbled across an 87 300 TDT today. The seller is asking $7500. It has 170K on the clock. It runs and shifts great but has some detail problems: headlight lens broken, antenna broken, one rear window inop., missing hood emblem, center console where switches are located is delaminating. Otherwise interior is in very nice shape.It looks as though the injector pump has been replaced (it is cleaner than the rest of the engine). I was told by a local MB tech to keep away from this model. He said there is a reason they only sold it for one year in the US. What are those reasons? I like this body style and I love turbo diesel engines. Any advice would be appreciated. BTW, don't hate me, but I am a former BMW tech,and will probably perform most repairs myself so labor is not an issue for me. I guess I would like to move up to a Mercedes Benz. 8)

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Old 09-24-2000, 07:31 PM
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Maybe one of the professional MB Techs have some other reasons to stay away from this model, but the one I'm aware of, can be easily remedied. That is, '86 and '87 diesels came with a trap oxidizer. It is a huge catalytic converter sort of contraption above the exhaust manifold on the passenger side. If it is still in place, Mercedes will replace the entire exhaust system to remove it for free.

The other items should be probably be negotiated by determining what a dealer would charge to repair them all, get that much off the price, then take care of them yourself.

A friend of mine bought an '87 diesel with almost 300,000 miles. He has driven it for several years with no problems. He was a diesel truck technician for many years and went to work at an MB dealership as a tech AFTER buying the car. His car has had very frequent oil changes and is in incredibly good shape still.

$7,500 sounds like alot for this car. Get them down on the price.

Good luck,

Larry Bible
'01 C Class, Six Speed
'84 Euro 240D, 523K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
'81 300D Daughter's Car
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