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1985 M-B 300D Turbo "First Mercedes, first diesel, first love"


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1985 M-B 300D Turbo "First Mercedes, first diesel, first love"
I bought this beautiful diesel in March 2006 with 207,000 miles on the clock. It is in great shape and needed only a few things to make it near-perfect. I resoldered the cruise amplifier, installed a new hood pad, and replaced a broken vent in the dash and the first aid compartment, which had a broken lid. A Hella LED "third brake light" and extra tail lights (thanks to the forum!) improved nighttime safety. My mechanic replaced the shocks (Bilstein) and a couple of front suspension pieces and did a complete preventive service.

The car still has R-12 Freon in the air conditioner and also has the original Becker radio in working condition (even the cassette works!). The climate control didn't work perfectly -- in a/c mode, only the "high" and "low" speeds of the fan worked. I did another resoldering job and it now works great.

The exterior color is "Smoke Silver Metallic" and the interior is dark blue with MB-Tex. This is my first Mercedes and my first diesel. I started using 100% biodiesel in April 2006 and have had no problems.

In the past two years I have continued to track down and fix all the nit-picking details that non-fanatics tend to ignore. Any modifications have been made so that they do not show or are obvious only to a real expert. All are reversible. Example: the front dome light, from an S-class Mercedes, has a map light, but other wise looks, works, and fits just like the old one.

The EGR has been removed and that California gem, the trap catalyst, replaced with a "test pipe." Performance without the trap cat is definitely better -- you can feel it in the engine's responsiveness. Fuel economy should also be better but I suspect that my right foot is ruining that as the car is more fun to drive now.

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1985 M-B 300D Turbo "First Mercedes, first diesel, first love" - Photo 493 1985 M-B 300D Turbo "First Mercedes, first diesel, first love" - Photo 770 Under the hood
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Member: Jeremy5848
Created: 03-30-2006 11:25 AM
Last Modified: 07-05-2008 04:38 PM
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Author Comment Date
oldsinner111 I'll take the w123 over the other cars. 03-16-2010
thebenzbar Nice 300D-T Jeremy... seldom in smoke silver as well. GL with the sale. 11-09-2009
senor samba nice color and grill badge. 01-07-2009
mrdjsk Love the car and the grill badge. I recently mounted a badge too, though it's the European Delivery badge. I agonized about where to place it on the grill and, unlike you, chose to put it on the passenger side. My thinking was that, visually speaking, it would balance me in the driver's seat. In any event, it's a beauty. I love it when people nitpick their own car until it's as perfect as they can make it! 08-28-2008
dieselchatter Great 123 body shape, always in style. I can tell you like this car. 12-03-2006
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