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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy New Member in Corning, NY with bad luck

Hello, I am new to this site, and relatively new to Mercedes Benz cars. near the end of the summer i decided to sell my economical, boring sedan in favor of an older diesel car, and i did a lot of research before deciding that a Benz was the way to go. i began searching, and eventually found a beautiful teal/blue 81 300SD. i unfortunately made the mistake of assuming the underside of the car was in as great shape as the body and interior. the car had 294K miles when i purchased it in september, and in just three and a half months i pushed it up to 301K. it runs and drives like a dream, and is mechanically sound all around, and the interior is next to perfect. i started to notice that the rear end was moving around a little more than i would like while i was driving, and noticed that the rear driver's side wheel was tilted in towards the car very slightly. assuming something was wrong with the suspension, i took it to my mechanic to have it looked at, and the verdict was that the frame itself that the control arm is mounted to had rotted right through, and is about to rot through on the passenger side soon as well. assuming that this isn't really repairable, i'm not really sure what my next step should be. i definately don't plan on every driving anything but an old diesel benz again, but i don't have spare change to buy another one at the moment. should i sell it as a parts car since everything else on the car is in great shape? would it be more economical to part it out myself and sell to individuals looking to restore their own 300sd's? should i find a cheap beater 300sd with a solid frame and have everything swapped over?
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Welcome Lyman.

Sad to hear you got a rusty one .
Bad to hear you make an assumption that it is not repairable.
DO take it to a panel shop and get a quote for cut the rust out and weld new steel in.
Then ask for the quote to be adjusted for YOU taking all the stuff out of the car as required , first. Good experience to see how nice Benz go together.

Get more than one quote important!

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My assumption that it isn't repairable is based on the reaction from the mechanic that gave me the news, he said that other areas were pretty rotted as well and the passenger side is about to follow suit, but i definately plan on taking it to a body shop just to see what they say... i fell in love with that car and would hate to see it go. thanks for the advice
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I hope you can get it fixed, if not you would make more parting it for spare parts yourself and you could use this forum to do this;

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