I'm a visual artist and former gallery owner in Portland, OR, USA, and this March my significant other and I bought a silver 1981 300D... 230k- our first MB. It is the finest, solidest car I've ever owned- I love it- the only thing that comes close is my old 1983 Volvo 240D Diesel (the engine in that car was a major mess, though. But in terms of aesthetics and ride the Benz is simply more buttery.)
People here will laugh at us, but after we told the owner we wanted to buy it (for $2500) she handed us the title... and it had a big red stamp on it that said TOTALED... which was strange because the car seemed to be very straight and good, very little body dings or damage, and the paint job seemed factory, but not *too* perfect. Anyway, I blurted out "Totaled?!" and she says, "...Oh... is that bad?" We bought it anyway because it was the best one we had looked at, and cheaper.
I would have rather had a 300TD of course, so I can haul things, but they seemed to be twice the price, and in much worse shape, and I would imagine the engine, etc. would be more dogged out and used up. (Why can't MB just remake these *exact* cars, except with modern materials?)
We converted the lines to accept B99 and of course the car rides even better when we can use that. And there's a B99 refinery here in OR~
I've been lurking here for months, picking up info, and BenzWorld helped inform our decision. I seriously doubt we'll ever bother with any other make of car than pre-90s MBs. We don't care that our car isn't collectible or perfect- it's just worth it to us to maintain it the best we can. We have <$4k in the car, but it's better to us than any new >$20k car on the road!
And I like to trade art for things, too, so have a look at my website if you have any extra old cars floating around... I want to get a Ponton or Fintail diesel for Monique....
Elliott Wall ~ index