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Old 12-25-2003, 05:53 PM
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'85 300d Turbo what would u do?

Howdy,
I was out driving around looking for old MB 300dís as they are pretty common down here in South Florida and I came across a '85 300d turbo it show 145k on the odometer and by the looks of things had been abused by one of the former owners that is now deceased took a chance and went up to the house and knocked on the door to see if the car was for sale and it was now hereís the tricky part. The body has three rust areas, two are located on the rear section between the trunk and the rear window, and the third is located close to the curved section near the rear tail lights they are about the size of a large fist I know these can be repaired.
There the seats are firm and no sag like the seats in my í79 300d.
For some reason there is no carpet in the interior guess it had been removed this isn't a big deal the former owner used the car to service a pool route the trunk is complete with the inserts and carpets but think my brother told me that it was rusted out not sure about this but can check it out again on Friday when I go back to make a final offer on the car. The a/c doesnít work but it does blow but not cool the sun roof wonít move either itís my understanding this can be an expensive repair. I was told that the car had sat for 6 to 12 months it started on the first try glow plug light came on and off quickly a huge cloud of black smoke came out the tail pipe took it for a test ride went around a few blocks and didn't feel the turbo kick in at first then it finally kicked in when it did another cloud of black smoke came out the tail pipe the turbo gauge isn't working but know that the turbo kicked in as I have a '79 300d non turbo and I know how slow these cars can be
I first made and offer of $500.00 cash in hand thinking this was fair as the car would need a lot of work or I could just clean it up and drive it the way that it is the ownerís daughter countered with $700.00 guess the mother noticed that I was pretty much firm on my offer but she was in the background signing to me $600.00 and the carís yours.
Just wanted to throw this out and get a few of my fellow W123 enthusiastís opinions on the car before I make a decision tomorrow.
*On a side note my car isnít in nearly as bad a shape as this í85 turbo I just need a set of tires on the old í79 which the í85 will need also just ordered a pair of the heavy duty bilstein shocks that I could use on either car I would just like to have a little faster car and for $500/$600 this maybe it.
Thank and Happy Holidays.
HogLeg


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Old 12-25-2003, 06:00 PM
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Is this a trick question ? How can you go wrong at that price ?
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Old 12-25-2003, 06:08 PM
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no it's not a trick question! just was looking for opinions and well i guess i have yours thank you.
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Old 12-25-2003, 06:29 PM
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If it runs and drives $600 is hard to beat.
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Old 12-25-2003, 06:42 PM
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buy it.........

Hello HogLeg
Buy it.........
The parts are worth more than that.
Why can't I find one when I need it.
You lucky man.
Have a great day.
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Old 12-26-2003, 12:13 AM
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HogLeg,

You are getting a running car for the price of a parts car.

I paid twice as much for a 300SD "parts" car however that was five years, $200 in repairs and 55,000 miles ago and its still running well.

GO for it.

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