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FS 85 300SD (W126) - Baltimore, MD
1985 Mercedes Benz 300SD Diesel, $4500 firm. 327,000 miles, third owner. 24/32 stated mpg.
Exterior: Midnight Blue; overall condition is good. Minor rust (no portion exceeding two inches in diameter/length) on rim of both rear wheel wells and one notable spot at bottom of passenger-side rocker panel. No dings or dents. All lights functional and no lenses cracked or broken. Star emblem present. Does *not* include original wheels; I replaced them with a set of four 16" alloys from a 2001 Mercedes C230 (excellent condition in their own right, only one wheel has *any* rash); wheels were installed using custom-machined billet hub spacers and custom-machined deep-seating lugs; offset is correct to the mm. (Spare is original.) *NO* rust on pan, frame or mechanical components. Paint is faded and whirled but responds well to bimonthly wax and polish. This car gets consistent remarks of appreciation.
Interior: Midnight Blue; overall condition is excellent. All seats less driver's are flawless... no cracks, tears or cuts in leather. Driver's seat has one and a half-inch surface cut that has not frayed or worsened and does not continue through backing. All electronics and electrical connections work as intended; no broken or inoperable buttons or controls. Sunroof slow but remains functional. Electric windows operate as fast as the day they were installed. Some peeling (but no tears) on the leatherette covering the a-pillars. Headliner does not sag. Carpet is clean and unworn throughout. Wood veneers are good-to-excellent with minor warping on the transmission shifter's fascia. Dash was very badly cracked due to sun exposure, so it is hidden (not replaced) with a matching custom-molded dash cover. Includes a Pioneer CD deck (plus remote) with built-in iPod connector wired through the center console to the tray. All dash and rear deck speakers replaced with mid-level components. Of note: I suspect the climate-control thermostat is dying; this will be around $200 to replace by a competent independent MB mechanic. Low-fuel warning light blinks erratically but the gauge itself is otherwise accurate.
Mechanical: Starts every time, even when it hasn't been recently driven and it is below 20deg outside (though it is a a long start.) Block heater installed and *works*, so if you have an outside (or garage) electrical outlet, you can plug it in over night and get an instant start. Does not smoke at start or when driven, with the minor exception of some puffing when the engine is *cold* and you put it under significant load (such as pulling a long hill.) Compression within spec for all five cylinders.
~ Only *some* of the recent (within last year) work performed: R&R glow plugs, master cylinder, heat exchanger, A/C (converted to 124); timing set; valves adjusted; R&R front brake calipers and discs; four new tires (less than 10K miles on them); new battery; installed new exhaust hangers.
KBB values this car at approximately $5700 in *poor* condition (as in requiring mechanical attention for driveability); however, I only require $4500 to move it (I've recently upgraded to an E320 AWD). As stated before, it starts and drives every time, with the classic appeal of the venerable and sought-after W126, and does so while sipping fuel. (Of course, this is also a popular car for bio-diesel conversion.)
Contact Justin at jlsmi11_at_gmail_dot_com. Car located in Parkville, MD (North Baltimore County.)
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