Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: '85 300D - 381K and increasing daily
Location: Youngstown, OH
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Yeah, I know its a crappy place to live. And the only Mercedes I see around here are either rich suburban soccer moms in ML's with terminal cases of curb rash, or W140s with blackout windows, 3-tone paint jobs, and 22" spinners.
The looks I get from people driving through the ghetto can't be properly articulated with spoken language. You kinda just have to be there and witness it first hand...
I have an '83 300DT, picked it up a month ago for $750, no rust (not anymore, i'm good with sheetmetal and filler). Doesnt burn any oil, Tempomat cruise control still works (resoldered the amp), central locking still works...its in black primer at the moment, pending a trip to the Outer Banks (1600 round trip) next week, after carrier bearing/support and flex disc replacement. A businessman owned it and drove it 50K a year since it was new and parked it a few years ago. It flipped a million in 2002. Original OM617, 2nd 722 auto. So i guess thats the TRUE meaning of "exceeds mechanical limits".
My love affair with 123's started with a trip to Athens, Ohio, home of OU, a drive to Columbus, back to Athens, and home...about 700 miles...on less than one tank of diesel in a '78 240D that my buddy's dad let him borrow for the trip. It had 400-odd K on it and needless to say, we were a bit apprehensive about driving it at highway speed alone, much less that distance.
I was blown away. I had always been told--especially by my father the GM employee--that German cars always break, that the parts cost more than your house, and that you can't fix them youself. That's a bunch of BS.
I'm 22, working as a mechanic who makes house calls on top of whatever else pays the bills. No job too big or too small...i can put a small block together in the dark or change oil handcuffed (which is a greqat way to win bets on cases of beer from your mechanically-inept college bussies)...and ever since that road trip, I'm sold on pretty much any pre-124 chassis MB.
That was 3 years ago. I've never had a car that lasted longer than 200K, and believe me I had them on life support through the last year of their life till they literally fell apart. I've never seen another one of these on the road around here, just 124's on their last leg, burning enough oil that they appear to be on the verge of running away. Ohio isn't kind to cars, and neither are most of the people who live here.
So anyways to make a long story short, it's nice to have something that i TRUST...that can go the equivalent of the moon and back 2 and a half times. And it looks like i'm in pretty good company from reading these fourms.
Shoot me a line and give me tips on how I can get this thing to last another million, I wanna set a friggin record! I already changed the front wheel bearings, did a citrus flush and thermostat change, outfoxed a short that caused the ACC servo to blow full hot, cleaned out the ALDA, adjusted the valves (they were all at pretty much zero), changed the tranny fluid, drained the converter, changed the filter, and changed the turbo seal, which it didnt need, but I figured it was probably prettttty tired by now. Flex discs and carrier bearing and support next week when the parts come in. And something tells me I should jump on the timing chain before IT jumps on ME.
Last edited by TeflonFetus; 08-11-2009 at 09:45 PM.