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Joined the forum so I might have a clue about my latest beater.
Don't know too much about Benz's or diesels, but I am mechanically able and understand engineering.

Been looking for a good deal on an old 240D/manual for a few years.
Found a '77 for $850 and bought it.

Interior's pretty crummy, no rust (Arizona car), engine has minimal leakage around valve cover and runs great.
Don't know the mileage. Odometer doesn't work.

Threw a K&N filter on it right away and took it for a stress test.
There's a reasonable climb out of town for about 10-15 miles ~4000 to 6000 ft elevation.

It maintained 65+ on all but steepest parts while running on underinflated old tires, didn't make any smoke.
Some minor vibration at ~75 on the way back. Probably tires.

Let it sit for a few minutes after returning and tried starting it without waiting for the glow plugs.
It fired right up.

Seems like the mechanicals are pretty good.

Any advice/feedback on what to look for would be appreciated.

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