Hi folks, this car has a bit of a sad story. A couple months ago this car was happily minding its own business on a Seattle side street, when it got hit n' runned down by someone who was apparently in too much of a hurry to stop and say hi. The insurance company totalled the car, which should've pretty much ended the story. Well...after seeing some pics sent to me by the PO, I thought I'd attempt a mission of mercy to keep the old girl on the road. These diesel wagons are very rare here in the states, so it seemed like a noble effort. I swapped in a new LCA and tierod hoping that the frame damage was limited to just within the eccentric adjustments--nope, was not to be. There was too much positive camber and negative caster to proceed. It's theoretically possible that a frame machine could pull out the tweakage, but that's outside of my personal scope or budget.
-- Blue MB-Tex. The seats are in decent shape, but the driver seat has the beginnings of a tear. The PO spilled copious amounts of liquid clay in the back, so the carpeting needs cleaning, but it's all there. The upper console and ashtray wood pieces are in excellent shape. The door cards are in good condition. The driver door card has a flipout drink holder screwed on. The dash has several cracks. The sunroof both slides and tilts perfectly -- I'm thinking about pulling the complete unit and keeping it, unless someone chimes in with a need and $.
-- Arctic White. All the panels are in good shape, except for the left front fender, front bumper cover and left headlight. I have my wagon's fender test-fitted on there in the pics, but it's not for sale. The rear hatch and bumper cover are in good condition.
-- CLK forged 16" ET37 rims. These are extremely light! There's a fair amount of curb scuffing. The rims are fitted with fairly new 205/55 Kelly Charger GT tires -- 95%
-- The OM603 starts right up every time, but smokes a bit. I haven't driven it, or gotten it up to operating temps. It leaks quite a bit of oil (injection pump and rear main ?) and the lifters are ticking, but could probably just use some extended high RPMs to make that go away.
-- This was replaced about 50k ago, and it shifts into reverse very quickly. The opposite is typically an indicator if it's tired.
-- It looks to have solid Bilstein HDs in the front, and the rear SLS struts appear to work and be in good condition. It also has nearly new spheres. The larger front swaybar (Sportline) and rear brakes are a nice upgrade for earlier sedans and coupes. The rear rotors are drilled.
That's all I have for now. I'll update with some prices later. Please let me know of your parts needs, and I'll see what I can do. I'd prefer local pickup for most of the larger items, but factor in shipping from 98501 (Olympia, WA).
An option I'm currently exploring is to swap in the complete diesel running gear into a cheap dead '89< gasser 300TE, so if you know of any of those in the Puget Sound area, please let me know.