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240D For Sale - Manual Trans 1983

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Offered for sale is this very nice 1983 Mercedes Benz 240D.


Bought new by a faculty member at Wake Forest U, this Benz started life in the Carolinas, eventually moving to Florida when the original owner retired. The car was then bought by a man in Atlanta as an homage to his father, whom drove a 240D as taxi driver in Morocco. He owned it for 3 months and had to sell it due to a family emergency. I bought it in March 08 and drove it home without incident to Chicago. The car now has 177,900 miles and has never seen snow or salt. I stored it last winter. As a result, the body is rust free. Heck, even the exhaust bolts are clean. How many 26 year-old Chicago cars can claim that?

This is quite a lovely car. It has never been restored yet shows minimal wear. The Palomino interior is almost perfect with some wear on the driver’s door (right about were you would rest your arm). Seats are nice, no tears and the padding is not broken down. Dash is nice, two small cracks, neither more than ¼ inch, one by the passenger front speaker grille, the other by the defrost vent. All in all, a nice place to drive.

The original radio has been removed, as it did not work well and sounded worse. Now has a nice Kenwood, 4-speaker CD radio with input jack in front for an Ipod or Sat radio. Sat radio setup shown in pics will not be part of sale, but I will leave the sat radio antenna if you desire to add one. Also, the floormats pictured have been replaced by stock Mercedes Benz carpeted logo mats that match the interior. Speakers are Boston Acoustics in front and MB Quart in rear. If you choose to put it back to stock, all the factory wiring is intact. The original radio will be included and I am looking for the original speaker grilles (rear) and will include them with the sale. All the original manuals and service schedules and even the metal delivery plate with the original owner’s name are included.

The big news is that with the exception of the power antenna, everything works. A/C was converted to 134 and is cold. The cruise control even works. All windows and sunroof work. The vacuum locks work. The only issue there is there is a leak somewhere in the system so if you come to stop , lock the car, and then walk away, the lock system does not hold vacuum. You need to start the car to unlock the doors. Somewhat annoying, but I haven’t gotten around to sorting it out yet. The only other thing I can mention about the interior is that the dash lights on the switches above the vent controls are out. Not a big deal, I just haven’t gotten around to replacing the bulbs.

Car runs excellent and is in superb mechanical shape. It is sitting on nice 6 ½ x 14 Bundt wheels from an S-class with 2-year old Kuhmo 215/70 14 tires. It is an interesting combo with the 4spd manual and power windows/roof. The manual trans gives it much brisker acceleration than the automatic 240d (but it still isn’t going to win any races). What you get is a car that gets no less than 25 mpg. I have gotten a best of 34 mpg highway. Don’t believe those 45 mpg claims. You’ll get no more than 35 with a 4spd @ 60mph. Still, 30 mpg in a very cool vintage Benz is pretty good. The car is great on the road. Purring along at 75 mpg all day without breaking a sweat. I driven it from Atlanta to Chicago and from Chicago to Buffalo and had no problems. Literally, the car needs nothing. When I brought it home in March 08, I gave it to a factory-trained Mercedes technician to look over. All that was needed was an engine mount, an alignment, and to adjust the steering box. That’s it. I can give interested parties the name of the technician for verification if asked. This is one solid car. The technician believes that the original exhaust is still on the car, un-rotted. This is only possible with a southern car.

The body is very nice, yet does have the usual assortment of dings and imperfections that would end up on a 25 year old car. The Light Ivory color hides these well, but the car does have a few dings. None really show up in the pics, but they are there. There are some light ripples on the hood and a single ding on the roof (looks like a large hailstone hit it at some point) A paintless dent-repair specialist could probably get the majority of them out. You could park this one in front of your house and be proud.

I am selling it as I wish to simplify a bit and offload some toys. I also have a 1984 Rabbit Diesel and that will be for sale soon. I am looking to end up with one decent car that I can drive in the Chicago winter without concern for letting the elements get at it. I am hoping someone who appreciates vintage cars will buy it. I would just keep it but would rather not expose it to Chicago salty winters. I’m hoping the next caretaker agrees with me.

So, what you have here is a well maintained, much loved old 240d. If you are a Mercedes fan and like the 123 series cars, this is a good choice. If you are looking for a fuel-efficient set of wheels but like something with a lot more style than a Sentra (and aren’t in a hurry), this is for you. If you have any particular questions, call me, Mike, at 312 339 4493 and I’ll be glad to clear them up


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