BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Feb 2011
Vehicle: 1987 Mercedes Benz 300SDL
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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Allow me to introduce myself, and my 300 SDL
I've been lurking around these boards (especially the W126 forums) over the past few weeks while sniffing around an '87 300 SDL for sale locally. Last week I pulled the trigger on the big old beauty, so I guess I now can say I belong here, as an MB owner.
My 'new' 87 300 SDL has 98k miles on it. Found through some guys who got her from a dealership, where she'd been traded in. One owner car, and it seems like she wasn't driven much over the past few years. Maybe more than a few, in fact. But the engine sounded and felt strong on the city streets and highway. The first order of business is going to be changing all fluids and filters, obviously. The next order of business is...well, we shall see (and here's where I ask for your opinions & advice). I'm happy to keep her running strong and reliably, at least to start. Inside, the electronics all work perfectly, except for the stereo; I haven't checked if that's a fuse problem, but I was making plans for a new head unit anyway. The body is solid and all but rust-free. There's a bit of a dent on the passenger side doors - nothing that can't be easily knocked back out. The paint, while not totally shot, looks the better part of 24 years old. I don't have the money to do much about that now; claybar, wax and polish will have to do for now. My brother suggested wet-sanding, but that's a bit beyond my abilities and time, right now.
The plan is for this to be my co-daily driver; my other vehicle is a 15 year old Miata which has been all but bulletproof since I bought it over a decade ago. It'll be nice to have a back seat, diesel power, a little more sense of safety, and (with snow tires) a slightly beefier way to get to the nearby mountains for skiing. I have public transportation and bike options which I use a lot to get to work in decent weather, so I won't be putting 30k miles per year on the MB anyway.
My plan has long been to keep the Miata forever, and with any luck and some good maintenance I may have this one a long time too.
I'm not the most mechanical guy, not by a long shot. Luckily, I've got family that is; my brother's a trained mechanic. Not an MB mechanic, but he knows his stuff in general (works on a lot of serious classics and exotics) and I'll try and stand alongside him and learn a bit more about maintaining this machine. The beers it'll cost me will be well worth it, and I'll get a lot more knowledge in the bargain. What we absolutely can't deal with or figure out, he's got friends who can. And he's got access to an indoor wash bay, which means I can take my time getting her cleaned up. As in the pictures below.