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good to buy?

I don't have a Benz yet and was looking at this 1986 E300D 155,000 miles for around $1000 pic's look good interior looks in good shape.

Any problems this year model to look out for? engine? transmission? etc

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Full or part or no service history? How is the body and paint? The clear coat was poor in 1986, so be very careful because it could need a paint job ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$+++++). Is the odometer working? They were known to fail, thus the mileage is vastly understated. It could really have 550,000 miles, yet it shows 155,000. The A/C system could be costly to repair or retrofit if it doesn't work now, as it ran on R-12. Besides that, these were very good cars. If it checks out and really has 155,000 miles, then it sounds like a good price. You could get 100-300,000 more miles out of it. These ran forever.
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1986 diesels have aluminum heads that are prone to cracks. Go to W123 subforum for more precise info.
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1986 diesels have aluminum heads that are prone to cracks. Go to W123 subforum for more precise info.
1986 is W124 in US.
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1986 is W124 in US.
But, there was no E300D in 1986.

Whatever it is, a Mercedes selling for only $1000 is equivalent to a Mercedes that might as well be in a junk yard. For the most part, a driveable Mercedes is $4K minimum and if you buy one for $1K you'll be spending at least $3K in no short order.

The problems in 1986 are common to all 1986 Mercedes--they're 24 years old. Transmissions fail, HVAC fails, on and on. It would be a near miracle to get service records for a $1K car, but if you do, look for recent replacements/repairs of big items.

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Thank you for the information

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