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.
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