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FS: 1981 300D S. Cal. nice condition $3000 obo

SOLD 2/13/2015

I purchased this car very recently because I wanted the wheels from it (don’t ask why). I discovered much to my surprise that the car was a one-family car since new, spent at least 9 years in storage, and was a garage queen always.

When I bought the car I was told that the car leaked some oil. I wasn't told that the oil leak was on the driver’s feet! It was the oil pressure gauge leaking.

The true mileage of the car is estimated to be 170,000 which seems higher than I would expect given the overall condition of the car. The odometer stopped at 140,000 and I replaced it with a rebuilt odometer that says 111,000 miles. So the current odometer has the wrong numbers but is working. I have no way of proving the true mileage, I’m going on what I was told from the family who sold me the car.

I have replaced the speedometer, instrument cluster oil gauge, speedometer cable, wheels, tires, cleaned the fuel sender so the fuel gauge works now, detoxified the fuel so that the fuel sender doesn’t get gummed up again.

The good: interior is as good as you will find (Palomino), the exterior is excellent (dark blue), engine starts and runs very well and has good acceleration, transmission shifts perfectly and doesn’t slip, handling is pretty good, seats have great support, no rust, no evidence of any accidents, probably original paint, newer tires and refreshed Bundt alloy wheels (period correct), brakes are great, instruments all work correctly. Original documentation, tools, manuals, 3 keys including a valet key. Blue plate car. Extremely original including radio, never run on wvo or biodiesel, nothing ever converted. Dash is excellent but not perfect. Wood is perfect. Carpets are very good except for one spot that has oil stains that I have not tried to clean. Clean title in my name registered through December 2015.

The less-good: AC doesn't blow cold. Heat works and temp selector works (if you set it for cold you don’t get hot air, if you set it for hot you do get hot air). I bought car with instruction to “not use the sunroof” so I have not opened the sunroof – I assume it needs to be lubricated or that the felt feet need to be replaced. The vacuum system is pretty good – doors all lock correctly and engine shuts off correctly but loses vacuum when locked so when you unlock it, only driver’s door unlocks until you start the car. I have been told that the gas cap actuator and trunk lock actuator leak which would explain this. Limited service history but records dating from 1992 plus the dealer booklet that is stamped. Power antenna only partially works. Neutral safety switch should be replaced because backup light switch doesn't work (part of neutral safety switch) but safety part (only start in P or N) does work. Cruise control doesn’t work and I haven’t investigated it.

If I were going to keep this car (or recommend to buyer) I would do the following: Flush cooling system because I don’t know when it was last done, replace auto trans fluid and filter because I don’t know when it was last done, flush brake fluid (although it looks clean), replace neutral safety switch, fix vacuum leaks and then look at AC – does it need a recharge or is there a more serious problem. Investigate the sunroof – lots of stuff on youtube about fixing the sunroof, I just don’t want to put the work into these things. I have scrounged some replacement parts – better sun visors and additional front carpets, but haven’t installed them.

I'm thinking $3000 obo, but if you think I'm wrong feel free to chime in.
20 photos located at:
1981 Mercedes 300D Photos by srallen | Photobucket

Thanks!
Scott
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Aero I likes this.

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Great Ad

Scott,

That is a great ad, one of the best descriptive ad's I've read.

Many sellers could take a lesson from it on what an ad should look like.

I especially like you closing remark about the asking price,

"if you think I'm wrong feel free to chime in"

good move, get it out there before the professional ad/price critics start in...lol

Anyway, looks to be a nice car for someone, hope you find it a good home...GLWS

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Thank you! Very nice of you to say. I try to be straight forward with people, particularly on the forum. After all, a guy has his reputation to consider!!!

I do have an interested person who came and spent about an hour with the car today, he says he's an 85% yes and we decided to see how he feels tomorrow. If it's the right car for him, great, if not that's OK too!

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Looks good and your asking price sounds right.

As an aside, out of curiosity, do you think the drivers side front fender was replaced or repainted somewhere along the way?

The reason I ask is that there appears to be a difference in paint shade between the fender and the drivers door in your first photo.
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As an aside, out of curiosity, do you think the drivers side front fender was replaced or repainted somewhere along the way?

The reason I ask is that there appears to be a difference in paint shade between the fender and the drivers door in your first photo.
The lower right side of the car (both doors and rear fender) are not glossy, and the lower left side of the front fender is not glossy. I have no explanation for this. The best I can guess is that part of the car was repainted with the division being on the belt molding. The is no evidence of a collision so I'm wondering if the car either got keyed and the top half of it repainted, or if the clear coat was going on part of the car and that part got repainted. I don't have a good explanation for it.

The paint itself looks really good - it doesn't look like a re-spray. So I'm confused too.

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Reduced to $2900 obo. I think this is the best 300D on Craigslist. I have a very interested buyer and I want to the car sold. I've started using it as my daily driver and it is a very nice car.

Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
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Reduced to $2900 obo. I think this is the best 300D on Craigslist. I have a very interested buyer and I want to the car sold. I've started using it as my daily driver and it is a very nice car.
This car asking price : $3,000.00 .................................................. ..
Plus labor to keep it this way :$3,000.00 or ( Priceless if you want to pay..)
Final price : $6,000.00 . Don't drop any more be patient .
I wish you are my neighbor .

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I wish you are my neighbor .
I'll meet you in San Francisco! Seriously, I would really like this car to go to someone on the forum. The prospective buyer is going to drive it into the ground like his current 1979 300D...

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I'll meet you in San Francisco! Seriously, I would really like this car to go to someone on the forum. The prospective buyer is going to drive it into the ground like his current 1979 300D...
Man , do you know how far from here to there ? Over seventeen hundred miles plus diesel and not counting endless stop at rest areas , lotsa big Macs , constantly junk foods in your mouth etc.. Ya better be my next door neighbor.

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Man , do you know how far from here to there ? Over seventeen hundred miles plus diesel
Nonsense! Portland to SF is 635 miles.... But I will look closer to home for a buyer :-)

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