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What type of risk involved in a 300k 300d purchase?

I'm looking to buy an older diesel mercedes to be a reliable purchase. Where I'm from, these are pretty hard to come by, especially with my budget. I found one I'm interested in, but it has 292k on it. Its going for 2 grand, and from what I can tell, the owner looks to have taken immaculate care of it. Owned by an older man who used it for commuting long distances, it has no rust, no dents, and the interior is perfect. It also went through a certified benz mechanic's check to see if there were any lingering problems and came back with a clean bill of health. Is this thing a ticking time bomb or should I jump at it? Everybody says they can last up to 500 k. To be honest, I just need it to last around 50 more.

Also, it has new glow plugs and brakes.

What are the risks? What are the next problems to come up? Thanks.
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500k? You said it is diesel, right? Make it a million +
You are not saying what year is it, but with the exception of aluminum heads in 1986-7 and the 350 engine all MB diesels are bulletproof.
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Thanks for your response. For starters, its an 84. Let me rephrase my question and see if I get the same answer. I realize that these things can last forever, but it seems most people say it'll last so long as you keep throwing money at it. What I'm really asking is, is there a huge risk I'm going to have to throw money at this in the very near future? I realize this is extremely dependent, but in general, would you buy a 300k mi '84 300d for 2 gr without worries as to major future improvements in the next 6 months?

I'm thinking of it as comparable to the early '90's E series. They will outlast their owners. However, they usually need new head gaskets around 175k. Is there a similar issue with 300d's, where they usually need a major fix around 300 k? Thanks again for your response.
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would you buy a 300k mi '84 300d for 2 gr without worries as to major future improvements in the next 6 months?
I did couple years ago. The model was 1987, so more advanced and only 270,000 miles, but still 2 grands
What you are looking at is W123 model. Those are consider real workhorses. Being pretty basic car comparing to newer models and very strongly build, they do have good chances to run for 100 years.
Common issues are transmission slippage, CC electronics failing as well as tachometer giving up at some time. Don't expect the mechanical clock to work for 100 years.
I sold W123 I used to own because I could not keep up with oil drips. Some owners say those models were design to drip oil, but that was not acceptable to me.
New models offer ABS, air bags, better fuel economy, more HP but than cost more to upkeep those things.
Go to the W123 section for more personal opinions.
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