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SOLD: 1985 230TE 5-speed Euro/Grey Market in FL

I found this car in Atlanta last year after my beautiful '95 W124 wagon was totaled & I went searching for a replacement. The seller was a factory MB Tech @ a dealership in Atlanta where he & several other techs & a service writer had taken turns owning the car, daily driving it & tending to its needs as they came up. The car is a WONDERFUL mix of solid daily driver & neat MB history. I have the original owner's manual and the German service books showing its first few services completed while still in Germany. In '86 the car was brought to San Diego & grey marketed. The fuel system has been returned to stock, but I still have the black box, aux injector, etc. as I thought they were a neat part of the cars history. It retains its original Euro bumpers, headlights, rear fog light, Alpine horns, vacuum headlights, and a ton of other unique German/Euro tidbits. Mileage on the ODO is ~240k which I belive to be accurate, ODO & trip meter are still 100% functional & GPS accurate within a few %. Clean Florida title & CarFax history, etc.







the GOOD:

- This is the BEST driving W123 I've ever experienced. I'm a mechanic & have toodled along in my fair share of decent & nice diesel 123s, I GREATLY prefer the character of this torquey little gasser coupled with the excellent & very healthy 5-speed. This car happily rolls along at ~90mph on the highway. Just completed a ~300mi trip with my Wife & Son, a weekend worth of camping gear & our 16' Mad River canoe on the roof. Got ~ low 20mpg, which seems fantastic to me.

- The interior is in very good shape. The front seats were re-covered with factory parts including the horse hair pads & look FANTASTIC. The dash was in pretty horrible shape, but has a nice blue cover now. Power windows, manual sunroof, vacuum interlock, etc. all working perfectly.

- Tires, brakes, suspension, etc. are all great. I would probably switch out the ~3yr old Generals for some fresh Michellins in the next year if I were planning to keep the car as my daily driver, but I'm quite picky about tires - these still have plenty of tread. Self leveling is working corectly & leak-free. Steering box has been re-built & feels fantastic, no play or slop in the steering, alignment is great, hands-off on the highway, etc.

- Currently have 14" Bundts fitted, including a factory-fresh spare with original MB weights & DOT code correct 1985 Pirelli tire - NEVER MOUNTED. Still have the original warning triangle, German First Aid Kit, tool kit, etc. I recently re-ran the factory correct hose for the rear wiper jet. Power antenna has been re-built with a fresh belt, etc.

the BAD:

- The top paint surfaces are quite bad & require a repaint at some point in the future. I have gone back & forth on this & it is, realistically, the primary reason I'm considering letting this car go. I can't bring myself to put a cheap paint job on it, and can't afford to have it done they way I'd like.

- The A/C compressor has a slow leak @ the front seal, system is currently charged & working fine, but I don't usually use it.

- The reflectors on the front headlights aren't as clear/bright as I'd like - I would replace them if I were keeping the car long-term & probably fit ceramic bulb holders, relays & more powerful bulbs. These ARE original Euro headlights & retain the fully functional vacuum system. One lens was replaced right before I bought it.

- There is an intermittent squeak from the electromagnetic fan clutch bearing on the nose of the water pump. Its been present for a while & I haven't gotten around to putting a new water pump on the car. Would be something I'd recommend, obviously, though the noise isn't very audible from the cabin. . .

Otherwise, this car is pretty much PERFECT for someone looking to daily drive a clean W123 wagon. Its not clean enough to be a collectors/museum piece and its not a ratty car on its last legs like so many W123s are now. I could ramble for HOURS about this car & would happily chat on the phone with anyone interested in knowing more about it in whatever level of detail, just drop me a PM!

Price: $4,500 - may also be interested in a nice '94/'95 W124 wagon - this, along with the paint, is my reason for selling. As much as I love this wagon, I loved my '95 even more & my Wife was happier to drive it on the occasion we needed to switch cars. I could add cash for the right W124. If I don't find the right buyer, I will most likely keep this car & re-paint it when I'm able.

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I'll take that little 5-speed transmission off your hands if you like...


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I'll take that little 5-speed transmission off your hands if you like...

Sure, no sweat! 5-Speed trans is $4499.99 - ships installed in a W123 wagon!!!

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I love that car. If I were closer I'd be interested. I kick myself for passing on the last 230te I saw for sale. It was automatic. Had it been standard like this I would have bought it. Good luck with selling it.
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Sure, no sweat! 5-Speed trans is $4499.99 - ships installed in a W123 wagon!!!

?!?!

hahaa

In all seriousness though, drasp, I just picked up a 230CE. So I am not in the position to acquire an additional vehicle at the moment...I would like to be, but I am not.

Very pretty car and GLWS as well.

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Thats a hell of a cool car, good luck with sale. I think the picture with the canoe on top is great.

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Looks just like my 200TE from way back when. Same color inside and out etc. Very nice!

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