Date registered: Mar 2008
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Was I right in passing up this 190D?
This weekend I test drove a 1984 MB 190D with a little under 237k miles. It drove fairly well, though I think it might have a vacuum issue as its 1-2 shift was quite harsh. The A/C does not work in the car, and it does not have service history records. The brakes work but are a little "rough". At the very least it would need new rotors and pads relatively soon.
Structurally, the car appeared in reasonable shape. There was essentially no rust underneath or inside the wheel wells. Surface rust was present behind the wheels and at the jacking points. It had a small dent on one of the rear passenger doors. T
The car checks out fine on CARFAX. The asking price was $1400, and I got it down to $900. I probably could have had it down to $800 but decided to walk away for reasons of cold feet. I'm not sure I have enough free time to address its known and unknown issues. Moreover, the lack the A/C is bummer that is not cheap to fix.
What would you guys have done? Did I make the right decision or did I miss a potentially good deal?