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Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 1984 300d turbo, 1988 300 SEL
Location: New Castle, CO
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Green behind the Merc ears!
Taking a look at a 1983 300SD with 98k miles.
First time buyer of a Mercedes so I am new and full of nerves. I would appreciate any links that really help with a PPI and what to really take a look at. How should gauges read if healthy? How to check electrical and body/interior quality. Also, I am hard pressed to find someone to inspect the auto prior to purchase. Anyone out there who can find a indy Benz shop near Grand Junction, Aspen, or Glenwood Springs, Colorado?
Any advice for a first time buyer? I will be checking it out in person on Saturday. How do I know what to look for in this 300SD? How do you recommend I approach the test drive? What important questions does one ask about this auto of the owner?
The same person has a 90 560SEL with 170k mi. for sale.
VIN # WDBCA39E8LA537674
Guzzler.....but thinking about short trips on that and daily use on the 300SD. Is the SEL going to end up being a money pit and headache (not worried about gas...just upkeep and maint). This would be for the wife to use about 5 miles a day. Once in a while for Sunday drives. What are the shortfalls, if any, of this model Benz? How long do these autos last if well kept? Are they expensive to maintain?
I will tell all about the experience with fotos next week.