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There will always be those who cover up huge rust holes with lousy patch jobs and spare bits of carpet, tell a good story, and convince you that their tired old run-down beat up piece of junk is worth a few grand, and sometimes they even succeed in coercing you into the sale. I just don't have the heart for that sort of bullcrap - the last car I bought was $4k and turned out to have lots of hidden serious rust issues and other problems - I was all convinced that it was going to be my pride and joy of all the cars I've owned and turned into an absolutely miserable experience. I'm seriously considering just scrapping it soon because rust cracks/holes scare the hell out of me. I wouldn't want to bring that on another person... I will say that right now in America it's a buyer's market - the poor economy has seen classic MB prices (meaning good ones, not rip off ones) drop to 1/2-1/3 of what they were a few years ago, and they're harder to sell now. I'm just tinkering away at mine, and hope that by the time I've got a couple into really nice shape ready to sell, things will be picking up again.
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Excellent, I'd like to see this one go to a good home. Just needs TLC!

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1983 300SD Brown. I've got a few other projects to finish before i get to her, sitting in the garage resting!
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Looks like a bargain.

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You'd think that. But I've had several interested parties (not from here) who - after having made offers - decided to disappear.
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You'd think that. But I've had several interested parties (not from here) who - after having made offers - decided to disappear.
I think your haste in disposing of the car has some worried. The car is easily worth what you are asking, unless there are some things you are not disclosing (and I don't mean that in a larcenous way at all). I know I can't understand why anyone would "scrap" a car for around $300 when it appears worth much more.

Perhaps you could post some more pertinent info and pics to help folk, ie:

Pics of Rust
Does A/C and climate system function?
Does Moonroof, trunk, windows, etc leak?
Moonroof and pwr window condition/function?
What shape dash/rest of the interior (pics would be nice)? Dash cracked all to hell, or just mildly?
Wood condition?
I think you replied you do not know the condition of the following: Vacuum pump, Timing Chain, etc, and if there is considerable blowby or not...
Leak in tranny is mentioned, but how about the engine? Any oil/coolant leaks?
What condition are the suspension components/rubber?

I know this seems a lot to ask in order to sell a $1000 car, but if the things I mention above are in shape, it is worth easily more, and scrapping it makes no sense. Cap that with a timeline/deadline exerts pressure on a would-be buyer, and it is hard to perform due diligence when the buyer and car may be 3 or more hours apart.

Best of luck to you... Don't scrap it! You'll only be a tiny amount richer monetarily, and regret lasts a long time.

Hell, if the things I point out are ship-shape, I'll buy it just to speculate/flip it... Can you store it for another week or two?

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Where is it again that we are going... And why are we in a handbasket?
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Excellent!

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Fair enough. However, there are a few points to note - I don't have room at my house to store three cars. I inherited my dad's Accord. I have an Acura. Both of them run, and I don't have to worry about them breaking down or being fickle due to age. The house I inherited is next door to a vacant house which is currently being renovated. It's in front of this house that the car is parked, and the owner who plans on flipping the house has expressed his desire for me to do something with the car. Rather soon. With him, I don't disagree.

I don't need the money. I need the car gone.

As for the questions and subjects mentioned...

The seat mounts are rusted. I really haven't had time to get out there and take photos of those. This time of year, it's night when I get off work and... well... darkness isn't really conducive for photography. I haven't noticed rust anywhere else on the car.

The AC/CC system does NOT function.

Yes - it leaks. It seems this was a common problem with these cars. I know the sunroof leaks. The trunk as well. I don't know about the windows, but the gaskets around the front and rear glass are dryrotted.

The windows and sunroof work. Windows, just fine. Sunroof, doesn't open all the way - requires manual assistance.

Dash cracked pretty badly. It's a car that survived many summers in Alabama heat.

Vacuum pump, timing chain, blowby... no clue.

No other leaks noted.

Suspension - particularly the front end - needs to be redone.
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Just the usual stuff. Biggest thing is no rust. Seat bolts because of the water leaks!

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Just the usual stuff. Biggest thing is no rust. Seat bolts because of the water leaks!
Yeah... I've kept it under a tarp ever since I discovered kiddie pools in the back floor boards after a heavy rain. That was *not* a fun day.
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