Date registered: Nov 2013
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1981 300td California Car
Up for sale is my 1981 Mercedes-Benz 300TD with ~221,000 miles. It has been my daily driver for a little over a year, during which time I have repaired several small items which had been neglected. The car originally came from California and, we were told, ended up in East Tennessee about 4 years ago. With its California heritage, there is no rust that we can find on the vehicle. While we are talking about the body, there is one small dent in the rear liftgate (in photos) and a few places here and there where clear coat or paint is chipped but nothing down to metal (tried to get pictures, but couldn't get them to show up).
Some of the small repairs that were done while I owned the car: I replaced some of the striker plates so the doors would shut better. I repaired the odometer, it had gone out about six months before we bought it but was not the previous owners daily driver. Repaired the rear liftgate so that it stays up. Replaced the glowplug relay. Recharged the air conditioner, it blows cold with recharge. Replaced the drivers window regulator with a manual regulator. We were unable to diagnose the problem with the window, so we made the driver's side manual so it would never go out again. The parts from the electric drivers window control are included and all other power windows work. Also all exterior lights work.
The interior is tan in color and in good shape. There is a small tear in the driver's seat that I repaired so that it would not grow (in photos). There are some stains in the cargo area that look like red dye (in photos). Dash is not cracked, we were told it had been replaced in California. All instruments work. All floormats are still there, and there is a set of rubber mats also included. No leaks. It has the original Becker AM/FM cassette stereo. Radio works great, cassette player doesn't seem to. If you can find one of those cassette head cleaners, it probably would. The vacuum locks leak down after a while and open very slowly unless the car is running.
The engine starts and runs well. It consistently has gotten 27 mpg with most of the driving in town. It burns about a quart of oil every four tanks of fuel, mostly when pulling from idle. I did general maintenance on the engine (changing oil, filters, etc) but no problems mechanically. We took it on about 4 or so 600 mile trips with no problems. No problems around town either for that matter. Transmission shifts smoothly. Michelin tires have about 80% life left in them.
This car is in condition as represented, but is sold as-is.