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Just picked up an 81 300sd for $1200

Hey, what’s going on everyone? This looks like a great forum and I have been reading a lot of posts on here so I thought I would register.

I've been looking for a cheap, reliable dd and I just got a diesel w126. I have been looking for a 300d/sd, at a good price, for a while now. I found this one for $1200 but it seems to need quite a bit of work and I am not sure if I am going to keep it or resell it and look for another.

Apparently, the car was broken into, the radio was stolen, the trunk lock was ruined, the ignition was ruined, the passenger back window was busted out, and a few other things. Overall it’s not in great shape, the body has quite a few dings and has been painted a different color than the original. The sunroof doesn't work (and doesn't look fully closed), and it looks like the rear window was busted out at some point and it got rained on.

Mechanically: It starts right up but is extremely slow out of boost, smokes under acceleration (while cold and warm), the tranny shifts pretty hard and the shifter positions (it’s an auto) aren't right so it won't shift down when I move it to L. D and S work alright but it seems to pop into other positions easily so you have to be careful not to hit it while driving.

I have to search/read more to see if I can figure out how much work it needs and decide if it’s a keeper or if I should find another. I might take it to a shop to have them look at it overall. I read about a bunch of good shops in the valley (I'm in Scottsdale, AZ).

Anyway, that’s the car story. Nice to be on here!
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