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FS: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL - 95,000 miles, 2nd Owner, on eBay now

We have owned this remarkable 300SDL for over a year and during that time drove it almost 14,000 miles. So if you are looking for a well-sorted original Mercedes-Benz luxury diesel with under 100,000 miles read on.

Our Turbodiesel was special ordered by a Dallas socialite in 1986. She specified the unique color combination (441 Desert Taupe/277 Burgundy) and the addition of the rare (for a diesel) and expensive reclining rear seat option. She took delivery of the majestic Mercedes Benz and owned it exclusively until her death in 2013. We were told the Mercedes went to her nephew but he did not enjoy driving it. It passed to a family friend who coincidentally is a certified Mercedes-Benz Diesel technician.

We took delivery of the Mercedes in July of 2014. It had been driven just 80,000 miles and all by the Dallas lady. She serviced the Mercedes at Stephenson Mercedes Benz until her death. We have many of the more recent service documents plus all books and tools. Our job was to baseline all of the service needs so we began by a thorough check of all systems. We flushed brake fluid, coolant, A/C system, fixed a few small leaks, replaced the tires and installed new Koni shocks at all 4 corners.

The original Becker radio was replaced with an aftermarket unit so we sourced a remanufactured OEM Becker unit from Becker Auto Sound with an iPod adapter. We installed Sirius Satellite radio too. New wiper blades for the windshield and the headlights insured good visibility in all kinds of weather. But there would be no snow or slush duty for this one. That job fell to our trusty Subaru.

We took the Mercedes on a southern tour last March and April racking up over 4,000 miles with no issues at all. We averaged 27 MPG during the entire trip.

Currently, there are no mechanical issues and of course, none anticipated. A few things that may need to be addressed are the right side power mirror adjuster (it is inoperative), and the digital outside temperature gauge needs attention. The interior is virtually flawless with only some very minor wear on the side of the entry bolsters of each front seat.

A good amount of original paint is present. The sides were refinished mainly to repair a series of door dings that accumulated over the years. That information comes from the intake reports at the Mercedes dealer where “multiple door dings, dents” were noted. When I received the car last July, only one noticeable dent was present and remains present to this day. An unfortunate flaw in an otherwise excellent body. You can decide, as the new owner, to live with or repair it.

So there you have it. An excellent example of what some people say is the last of the great Mercedes-Benz long wheelbase S-Klasse sedans. That coupled with the legendary long life of the Turbo-Diesel engine make this one a compelling candidate. Remember, this isn’t a car languishing in some dealers inventory. We use this car daily and will continue using it until the next owner presents themselves. A fully sorted classic ready for the next adventure.

$12,500 OBO

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Mercedes Benz 300 Series 300SDL | eBay

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Just out of curiosity, what did you end up selling the car for?

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I am glad I checked in here. I accepted an offer of $11,500 from an eBayer with good history. Now he has gone quiet and unresponsive. Therefore I am opening up an unpaid item case and relisting. If you are asking because you are interested, please contact me.

Michael at (203) 917-2354.



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I will be relisting the 300SDL later today, Wednesday the 25th, 2015.
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I will be relisting the 300SDL later today, Wednesday the 25th, 2015.
As an eBay member from their first day in 1998 or whenever it was, I would offer these suggestions to get the most out of your eBay auction, car or otherwise:

1.) End the auction on Sunday night. 10:00 -11:00 pm EST is best. This is the peak time for eBay for the week, where the largest numbers of views take place. it's also a time where nearly everyone in North America is available to be looking at the site. It's proven that auctions ending in this time range typically end with a higher selling price as a result.

2.) Start your auction at a low price, in the case of a car, like $100. This gets bidding activity high early in the auction, which drives page views up and gets you more visibility. Since you're probably selling with a reserve, there's no risk in doing so. Some sellers start at $1! The small incremental bids go a long way for bumping your page view numbers up.

3.) Pictures, and lot of them. The more information, especially pictures, the better you'll do.

4.) Don't reveal reserves. People will often contact you directly asking for your reserve price. What's the point of having a reserve if you tell what it is? Keeping the reserve private gets people to be aggressive at the end of the auction and can often whip them into a bidding frenzy of "I'm not going to let the other guy get this from me, darn it!" If they inquire about your reserve, just politely tell them "I don't reveal reserve prices. Please place your best and highest bid and good luck!" To avoid this chatter from potential bidders I'll usually put something in the item description saying I don't reveal reserves and please don't ask me to.

5.) I don't recommend using "Buy It Now". I say that because it removes all speculation of what you consider a good selling price. If you're running an auction with a reserve, it's pretty much an indicator of what your reserve is and serves no purpose other than to be redundant. Since you pay a fee for the "BIN" option it's just one more way for eBay to squeeze more money out of you. The whole idea of a reserve is to keep people in the dark as to what your selling price would be. This gets interested parties to keep sniping to reach the reserve, which, in turn, generates more activity and gets people worked up over the competitive aspect of bidding. That's good for you.

These are just some of the things I've learned over the 17+ years I've bought and sold on eBay, and they've served me well.

Good luck!

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FS: '87 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL - 96,000 miles

It is on eBay again due to a disappearing buyer who made an early Buy It Now offer that I accepted.

If you are looking for an elegant Turbo Diesel with decades of life left in her, have a look.

Mercedes Benz 300 Series 300SDL | eBay
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