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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Operating on a somewhat tight budget (in high school, no job yet, looking for one, planning to go to college, so on and so forth) I decided to go with an older Mercedes diesel, 1) because I've always wanted a mercedes and 2) because I wanted a ride, without paying a fortune, that even if it was a little slow would hopefully last me until after I get through with college. Not looking for anything particularly fantastic and perfect, just basic transportation with a little style to boot.

That said, I finally decided on a 86/87 300SDL. My folks agreed to insure it and temporarily cover the cost of purchase (I have to pay them back after I get a job, they want me to learn how to manage money by using my savings to get this one up to where I want it)

So it's at home now, runs great, looks good, has a few little problems inside with lights that don't always light up, a broken exterior thermometer display, stuff like that that you just live with in a 20 year old car.

My question is this: what model specific traps should I check for and watch out for? It's an 86 300SDL - anybody else had one longer than I have and know what to watch out for or what parts to check?

Any advice for a new 300SDL driver would be greatly appreciated.

And another question: it was sort of a spur-of-the-moment thing to go with that model - I was originally shopping for the 81-850ish 300SD - I'd like some opinions (now that I've already bought one of them) which is better, the 300SD or the 300SDL?

Thanks for any advice to a newbie,
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RE: New Old Car Advice

Post on the w126 forum. A word of caution. These cars are expensive to fix. It might be wise to invest in the $20 shop manual from MB and to set up a repair fund. If you have a couple extra bucks save it for parts. These the SDL is a great car. I am sure you will be happy with it.

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