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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to price a 1980 300TD


I drove a sweet old 1980 300TD today. The car has 565K miles and is on its first replacement engine with about 300K since change out. The car has been maintained and runs great. It needs to be painted and has two small-ish rust spots - one at the base of the windshield and another at the base of the right rear cargo area window. Otherwise the body looks good. The interior is in fine shape, with the exception of the trim that goes around the interior of the window frames - it's all crinkled up. The dash panel is good (it was replaced at some point) and the steering wheel was replaced with a leather-covered one to replace the original. It needs a bit of work to the A/C maybe just a recharge - some hoses have been replaced.

The seller is the original owner of the car and it looks like a nice daily driver and good restoration candidate.

I am looking for input on what is a fair price for the car.

Any input will be appreciated.

Thanks, all!

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Hi Scott, I've been looking at these wagons for about 6 months. The mileage on the motor doesn't sound bad, but you must consider the suspension.

I think you have to get a PPI done. If not you really are in the dark as to what it's worth. There are a lot of suspension pieces that may need replacing.
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I kind of disagree. I think that 300,000 miles on engine, 500,000 miles car, needs paint, and has rust holes in it make it not the best candidate for purchase. I agree that the suspension is important, but fairly easy to figure out if it's a problem. Same with the AC. And the front suspension. And the rear axels. Original owner = really good. I would spend some time looking at his records and see what has been replaced on the car and whether or not it has been serviced regularly.

Search the forum for the Self Leveling Suspension (SLS) so you know what to look for.

If you are looking for a restoration project, you will pay less in the long run for the best car you can find up-front. For $4000 to $6000 you should be able to get a pretty nice car with no rust, everything working. For more than that you should be able to get one with really nice paint and maybe 200,000 miles...

It would be easier if you were in S. California...

What is the owner asking for the car?


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