Thinking of selling my '87 300TD wagon possibly as-is or possibly put around $1000 worth of repairs into it. I've looked around at what these are going for, they're kind of rare so it's hard to find a sort of average. . . I've seen them as high as $12,000 for like-new and as low as $3,000 or so. . . I guess this one would fall more toward the bottom of that range. Any advice would be appreciated.
Here are its issues (that I know of; it was with a mechanic last week). I am by no means any sort of expert, in fact I know next to nothing.
87 300TD 170,000 miles
no major engine issues. Needs a serpentine belt and new glow plugs.
the electrical system is a bit screwy. If the door is open all the electrical stuff (seats, lights etc) will work even without the key in the ignition. This was not the case a few months ago. One of the automatic window switches has a loose wire or something; it sometimes needs to be jiggled a bit to work.
the gas gauge doesn't work, most likely the sensor needs to be replaced
The automatic door locks are weakening and sometimes turning the key in the driver's door will not open the passenger lock when it's really cold (as in Chicago cold). Also recently the key has tended to stick in the drivers door and needs a real good tug to get it out.
A/C only works sometimes and definitely needs to be fixed.
Interior is decent but driver's seat has a few little tears and there are minor blemishes here and there.
No body damage.
Here's a guy with a blog raving about how cool the '87 300TD is
Hoopty Rides: 1987 Mercedes 300TD