Date registered: Sep 2010
Vehicle: 1985 300D W123
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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FEELER: FS W123 with Five Speed
I have a W123 Mercedes-Benz sedan with the coveted five speed transmission, the Getrag 717.400. The latter is the only bolt-on five speed for the OM617.9XX engine. The drivetrain was recently transplanted into a 1983 240D since the "original" body had too many issues. The current body is a super nice 149K mileage body (current reading). The color is Pastel Beige, 684(H). The engine is purportedly from a 1984 Euro 300D NA, however I cannot verify at this juncture.
I am just floating this out there now to see what responses I get at this point. If I decide to sell it, I will re-post it. I am most likely going to be doing this the end of April 2013, about 13 weeks from now since 1). I need time to take care of a handful of items; 2). Time to give folks who are interested and serious the time to get the cash. Tax season ends around 4-15-13 and refunds should be in hand by then.
The drivetrain is a OM617.912 NA (non-turbo). I have a handful of maintenance and repair items to do before I would be content on selling it. This will include new tires on 5.5 aluminum rims, new front end suspension parts, et cet. The car is currently my DD so I am currently looking for a non-MB replacement. If I find a suitable replacement, then the sales date will most likely be moved up a little. The drivetrain is fine EXCEPT the trans may have a bad snychro from 1st to 2nd (2nd gear snychro I assume). I can easily shift thru every gear no problems HOWEVER shifting from 1st to 2nd and doing more than 5-10 mph, you will get a grind. The faster you are going, the nastier the grind. I will say that it is not a rubber bushing or a linkage issue.
I will take a lot of pictures detailing every single aspect of this car and post the link since it will be too many for the forum. That is, I will post every repair I did, receipts, a number of pictures of every body panel, et cet. I will post a link of a video showing the shifting and driving thru the gears. I will be doing everything humanly possible to show the real nature and condition of the car to include detailed, specifics of each system. I try my best to adhere to the Golden Rule. I am offering driving the car up to 300 miles to the successful buyer from Columbia, SC. I will be selling the car at $5,900.00 FIRM and that includes the drive of up to 300 miles. Obviously, if I decide to sell it and no bites, then I will be putting it on E-bay with a reserve of $6,000.00 and watching the magic. If I don't sell it, I can still drive it every day since it has turned into a really nice car, but it's time to give the Mercedes hobby a rest and move onto some different non-MB projects.
I will not be parting it out and my price is firm. If folks perceive my price is too high (or any of the "normal" derisive commentary folks feel compelled to post), please refrain. The forces of supply and demand control pricing, not opinions. If I don't get any quotes, then it's a keeper to be sold another day.
Thanks for reading the very long thread. Please PM if interested.