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1987 300d? buy or not to buy

Should I buy it or not? From what I see the car is in great condition.
It is a 603 016 14 01*engine series.
What should I look for before is buy?
240xxx miles
AC doesn't work
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I am just working on exact model that belongs to my father (I sold it to him few years back).
The engine is likely still breaking-in, but how is the interior?
Can you live without AC?
The old R12 system can cost pretty money to restore and convert.
Car is not worth more than $2000

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I'm not worried to much about the AC but I'm worried about how reliable it will be. I want to drive it 1 1/2 hr to work evert day. Interior looked great. Going to use biodiesel . Any thing I need to look for before I buy it. He is only asking 1000.oo
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Go to W124 section and they should have list of common problems ready to read.
Bare in mind that regardless engine rated for 1 milion miles, this is 28 years old car and lot of things are pretty aged.
Father's car just failed inspection of brake hoses.
They did last 28 years, but can't expect 100

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For only $1,000 your risk is pretty small. You play with it for a few months, it dies, what have you really lost?
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That model had the trap oxidizer, a costly device that had a tendency to fall apart and toss debris into the turbocharger, killing it.
When it happened to us, circa 1990, the bill was ~$4000; there was an extended warranty that covered it.

I lost count of the replaced water pumps.
Both rear window regulators.

Nonetheless, we kept it for almost 10 years...

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