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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 11:45 AM
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$100,000 for a ten year old CDI??

When do we start?
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 02:25 PM
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Ops... make it 5-digits. Still starting it is worth thinking about.
Posted it in other topic, that yesterday I did ebay search on sold W210 diesels. Most of them sold in $3-4,000 range, but one sold for over $12,000 .
That was a wagon where the seller put 3-liter diesel in. I could not figure if he made the leveling system working on it, but the price would indicate good market for such.
So my quick calculation - import cdi engines from UK for about $500 purchase cost and $300 shipping.
Buy W210 wagon with blown engine for about $2000.
Put cdi engine in it and it will fly from ebay for 15 grands easy.
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Well, you've certainly given me an idea for some extra bucks!

NOTE: I have NOT had a difficult time finding diesel mechanics in south TX that understand M-B diesels. - Of course most of them speak mostly or exclusively Espanol or Spanglish.
(My part-time guy is a TEJANO.- His family has been in TX since before it was Texas!!!)

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Good for you.
One of few times I let mechanics touch my car was when freshly purchased in Texas W124 diesel broke the serpentine belt in Tennessee. I drove motorhome and my wife followed me in MB.
The huge TN MB dealer did not stock belt for MB car, because they have been overstocked with MB golfclubs, Tshirts and cups.
So I took it to one of those Pepboys or similar shops that not only had the belt, but the time to put it on.
Waiting in the customer area I was observing senior mechanic scratching his head reading big book under hood of my car. He was joined later by leadman and then by supervisor. Long story short, 1 hr later they gave me car back with slipping belt giving me a story about bad tensioner.
Being this Friday late, I took the car and my wife drove it behind me to a campground, replacing discharged battery on the 20 miles drive. We arrive in pouring rain, so went to sleep. In the morning I took the manual and took me 70 seconds to discover that they misrouted the belt. Another 10 minutes and everything was working in perfectly good order.
That is why I am saying that MB doesn't work for everybody in each location. In California you can find 4 German auto repairs on 1 mile drive. In Nebraska or other central states you can drive 200 miles to find first shop that would dare to open the hood.
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Kajtek1,

Understood.
ONE reason that I drive M-B diesels exclusively is that most any diesel mechanic can work on one, IF it's something that I cannot figure out for myself.
(Btw, the Tejano gentleman that I mentioned is one of the most multi-talented people that I've ever known. - Steve is a mill-right by trade, knows electrical work, drywall, outboard motor repair, paint & body, concrete finishing, brickwork & plays Tex-Mex guitar fairly well. = NOW you UNDERSTAND why I hired him to work for me!)

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