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1981 Mercedes 300d, Euro 4-speed


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1981 Mercedes 300d, Euro 4-speed
This is my 2nd diesel, a 1981 300d. This car is special as it is a euro model meaning shorter bumpers, european headlights and best of all a 4 speed manual transmission.



This car is pretty nice. It is finished in Orient Red and has a beige cloth/mb-tex interior. The car is simple as it has little optional equipment. From the factory it came with a trailer hitch (lost sometime years ago), a mechanical sunroof, and last an antenna without a radio.

When I got the car it was in decent condition but it needed some fixes to get it back up to spec. The interior was decent but the dash was horrible. A member sold me a good one and I installed that as well as a new center console. The seats were cleaned and the crappy tape deck replaced with a Becker Europa LMKU.

Mechanicall it didn't need too much besides a valve adjustment, an alignment and new shocks. The engine was cleaned up and that took care of that.

The exterior and paint is in decent shape but it still needs work. The rear bumper brackets are custom and they do not line up. The right rear fender was repainted at one time and the sun has taken a toll and caused that paint to crack. Besides that and a few dents it is a really nice looking car.

Overall it is a blast to drive and a fun, unique car.








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Created: 02-06-2006 09:08 PM
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sierra1194 Hi, Don't know if you will get this message but was looking at the photos posted of your 1981 300D 4 cyl. I also have a '81 300D but it has 5 cylinders.
Anyway, I was really glad to see all the photos and in particular the one photo showing the firewall.

Question, can you tell me what that vertical shaped black short hose is thats just to the right (of center) on the firewall? Mine is cracked on top and I'm trying to figure out what its called so I can see if I can replace it myself.

Thanks.
06-02-2014
jloyman nice! " 03-31-2011
panZZer My 85 has the paperwork and the coler is called desert red on it 09-25-2010
RML Where did you get those black trim pieces in place of the wood dash and console parts? I have never seen those before. Custom made? 09-13-2010
Boardmonger this car was fully detailed with meguiars products. I believe is was NXT Wax.

Again, it was a wonderful car, I wish I could still say it was mine. Hopefully the current owners have kept it all pretty.
12-03-2009
oldsinner111 Man what kind of wax you use 11-27-2009
RML I love the dual control heat I see on the console. Keeps everybody happy. Beautiful color. My favorite. That is a really special car. 11-01-2009
oldsinner111 diesel power 08-04-2009
oldsinner111 Beautiful 07-20-2009
Holson Adi Keep it original like that with the hub caps and all. It looks really cool like that. 11-20-2008
otto huber What's the story behind the 4-banger running in this 300D? 07-21-2008
Biodiesel300TD Beautiful car! That's one of my favorite colors too. 02-29-2008
matthias08 can i buy it? lol. please?!? 02-15-2008
280EZRider This is one gorgeous car! 12-20-2007
Jim B. I came within a hair of buying that car. It is beautiful, almost mint, and well documented. I still think about it. 06-26-2007
Boardmonger My mechanic degreased it, not sure what was used but it worked really well. I miss my car 06-07-2007
tobybul you gotta tell us how you got the engine that clean>>>>>>> 05-29-2007
Boardmonger Gone! 04-03-2007
Boardmonger The 79 gets a gallery next weekend. 10-29-2006
rudolfgreen that engine is WAY too clean 10-29-2006
MBeige Where's your 79? 10-28-2006
Boardmonger I get this car back in 2 weeks! I haven't driven it in 2-3 months. I want to get the shifter bushings replaced, the work wonders 10-28-2006
Boardmonger That dash was a life saver. It was great to get rid of the death cracks. The bule car is getting all my attention now 07-29-2006
klaus kallas Hey! I recognize that dash! Looks good Zack! Klaus 07-28-2006
MBeige Ahh, the joys of owning these cars. Don't you wish you needed something new? lol :-) enjoy your moutain drives... 07-28-2006
Boardmonger Not much, just a good reliable car. Went up to the mountains and had fun smoking cars again. 07-28-2006
MBeige Zack, anything new? 07-27-2006
Boardmonger I hope you guys like the new pictures. This car is going to be shining at the gtg. 05-30-2006
MBeige Too bad I won't see this beast on the 2nd W123 GTG 04-23-2006
BENZ-LGB The photo of the guages looks especiallynice. Good job. 04-21-2006
Boardmonger Painted it myself. I also painted inside the headlights. My new dash and center console will be in this weekend. New pictures soon. 03-20-2006
Ara T. Ive noticed some W123s with the grills plastic parts painted black.. mine is grey. Is this from the factory or did you paint it yourself? Looks nice. 03-11-2006
Boardmonger thanks for the offer but I actually found one which I should be getting in the next few weeks. 03-06-2006
johan04 I have a black dash; no cracks. 03-04-2006
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