Was for sale during the summer and then decided not to give her up. So I put her to sleep for the winter in a climate controlled shop. Truth is, I really don't "need" to own this beautiful car. It isn't quite a collector show car (it could be) and I have an amazing E500 4Matic Wagon as a daily driver. And I have my eyes on a 190SL in Sicily of all places. So I think I will let her go.
Please don't call me if you want to turn her into some veggie oil burner commuter. Get yourself a 240D for that
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.
The entire time Mrs. Miller owned the car it was serviced at a Mercedes- Benz dealership she purchased it at. Records indicate that the dreaded soot trap oxidizer was removed by the dealer according to factory recommendations during the recall. You should also note that there are no records or evidence of overheating nor has the car had any coolant other than M-B coolant.
We took delivery of the Mercedes in July of 2014. It had been driven just 80,000 miles and all by the Dallas lady. As I mentioned, 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 beautiful and shows that it was garaged kept its entire life.
The paint is mostly original. The door 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 over the rear wheel lip 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.
Before we put the 300SDL in winter storage we had to make repairs to the climate control panel and a heater valve. Both parts replaced with genuine M-B parts at great expense.
There are a few 300SDLs on eBay for what I think are unrealistic numbers. And as I evaluate their pictures, they don't compare to our car. And the good part about ours is that it hasn't sat in some dealers inventory for months. Until recently it was driven frequently.
Here is a link to 44 photos in my Flickr website: https://flic.kr/s/aHskmuXtbk
I am asking $12,000 for the car located in New Milford, Connecticut. Please feel free to come and inspect her or have a PPI done at the shop of your choice.
You can call me at (203) 917-2354