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Old 09-11-2011, 07:53 PM
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Need help identifying an issue on a possible purchase...

I am looking at buying a 76 240D and the owner says that it starts up and runs fine, but randomly it will die. Anyone one know what could be causing this? I have a 74 240D in my driveway for parts as well.

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Help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:59 PM
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There could be a few things that could be causing it to stop, and I won't guess because because I might lead you astray. But I would be cautious of this car, I think mint condition doesn't exactly describe it and the asking price is nothing special. And in my opinion anyone who lowers these cars shouldn't be trusted.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:05 PM
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This fellow wrote in recently with some problem on this car. He seems to have torn out the oil pan because of its extreme lowness.

It could be a nice car if raised back up. Stock springs should be fairly easy and cheap to find.

The dying is probably fuel air leak in the suction line or a stopped fuel filter. All the stuff he spoke of probably is related to bottoming the engine out on a rail road track or some such.

The car is nigh unto useless at that ride height so you might be able to snitch a decent car for a low price and straighten it out.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:38 AM
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Probably dies because the bearings are shot from driving around without oil in the engine and it seizes occasionally . I was given a W114 once which had been lowered the same amount and they are undrivable like this . not onkly do the fronts foul on the fenders but the CV joints in the diff are at the extreme of their movement and will be worn .
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:48 PM
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It may be an unfair stereotype or assumption, but whenever I see a vehicle for sale that was lowered (or lifted) or where the seller talks about the stereo, I pass by. This has both.
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