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1980 Mercedes 300D with or w/out Veggy Oil System

This is a great little car. Its in good running condition and running on WVO with the Greascar kit. I also added a FPHE so that it gets up to temperature a little faster. Mechanically she's running well. She has 94,000 miles on the body and the engine has 10,000 or so more miles than that. I just replaced most filters and fluids and she'll be getting a valve adjustment this weekend. There is no rust (she's from CA and undercoated), but the paint is fading in a couple of spots. And there are a couple other minor cosmetic issues (trim, ect.) Its the sedan 4-door and actually the 300d model, but the last owner put in the turbo engine. I installed a new stereo. I have been driving it everyday for 5 months and I haven't had any problems. I drove her from my home in MN to VT (1,500 miles) with no problems. I am going to school in the winter and I realized that I won't really have time to deal with the WVO process (collecting, filtering, etc) and need the money.

Its a 30 year old car so there are a few minor problems:

-Air Conditioning doesn't work. I haven't had it looked at so I don't know what the problem is, most likely it needs new compressor. The belt was cut for fuel efficiency.

-Cruise Control doesn't work. I think the cable just needs to be shortened, but I'm not sure

-A few small tears in seats and carpet

-Needs a new stereo antenna

-There are a few cosmetic issues (scratches, bent trim, fading paint) but no rust

-The front driver's side caliper was recently replaced. The passenger's side should be done at some point, but it has been fine so far. Its not a hard job.
-Shifts hard under full throttle, and sometimes you have to let off the gas to get it to shift. Its not slipping though.

On the greasy side:

It runs great on veg. I installed a oil temp gauge, but I can't seem to get that to work, I have just been going off coolant temp. and using a meat thermometer to make sure I'm hot enough. The FPHE get the oil real hot real quick. It takes 7-8 minutes or so. I'm not sure I have the coolant hoses routed as efficiently as they could be either. I'm not sure that the coolant is flowing to the tank in the trunk and back. I'm working on figuring it out though. Its got a 13-14 gallon tank in the trunk.

I live in MN, but will be in VT until Thanksgiving or so when I will head home. At that point I would be happy to deliver it anywhere in the country for 20-25 cents mile, to cover gas. If you have any questions or would like some pictures. I want to be as honest as I can with this, so I would like to send you pictures of the few cosmetic issues. I would also consider selling the vehicle and the veg. oil system separately if you are interested in that. I was hoping for $3000, but would consider other offers including a trade for a computer, just get in touch with me. hooloovoo33 (at) gmail (dot) com or
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not 300 TD

You might want to change your subject line. 300 TD explicitly means a station wagon, not a sedan. You have a 300 D whether it has a turbo or not.

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