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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Considering a 1983 300D

I saw a 1983 300D for sale on the street today, 104,000 miles, rear end subframe replaced recently, and it starts and runs.

This seems very low miles for a car of that age, and it might have another 100K or more in it with reasonable fixups. Any general advice or comments would be very welcome.

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Welcome to the forum.
This is 1 million mile engine you are talking about, but after 28 years lot of things suppose to be changed because of age.
More info please?
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The seller said his grandfather had this car made in Germany to American specifications, that it start and runs, and was well cared for. That the rear ends on 300Ds tend to have rust poblems, and in this car the reard subframe, swing arms and a couple related things have been replaced. He thought the tires, brakes, ball joints and tierod ends should be replaced.

I like your calling this a million-mile engine. I'm thinking it's worth a trip to the mechanic for a checkover. The kinds of things that should be replaced or rebuilt are what I'm trying to know more about.
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definitely get this car checked out by your personal mechanic or a used car inspection company. there are plenty of companies like aim mobile inspections and carchex that offer this service at an affordable price. small price to pay for quality assurance. good luck!
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Don't believe the mileage unless records are provided. It is very common for the odometer to stop working and it may have been that way for twenty years.


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