Had to get a car better suited for long-distance travel and I can't have 2 cars at my apartment. Unfortunately, I have to sell the Benz. It has 267,235 miles, but you'd never guess by looking at it. Many updates in past 2 years done by owners who never thought they'd sell this car.
All pictures taken by me on July 2, 2016. You can view the complete set of 115 walk-around pictures at: 1984 Mercedes 300D TurboDiesel - Album on Imgur
. I have clean title. No smog required for diesels of this age in California. Currently registered - plates expire October, 2016.
This was a 1-owner California car for its first 30 years
until the first owner passed away. Over the last two years, a lot of money and work have gone into the car to bring it up to daily driver condition - no major maintenance was required due to its excellent condition, but all of the wear items have been replaced and updated. The history:
1984 to December, 2013
This car was purchased by UCLA Professor Mitsuru K. on October 2, 1984 at Downtown L.A. Mercedes, 1801 S. Figueroa. I have many of the original documents and manuals that came with the car when it was sold.I have the owner's manual, complete first aid kit, and the Maintenance Booklet, which shows that Prof. K had this car faithfully serviced on schedule at the Mercedes mechanic.
The car was lightly used. I say this because the MB Tex interior is in excellent shape with no stains or tears. The carpets are also in excellent shape and it comes with Mercedes Benz floormats (both the ones with the rubber sub-floor and the smaller ones on top). Prof. K had the car re-painted the same color as original - "Dark Blue" (Mercedes color code 904).
December 2013 to June 2015
Prof. K sold his car to the next owner, James D. in December 2013. Mr. D is a software engineer who also lived in Los Angeles. Thinking that he would keep this car forever, he put over $8,000 into updating this car (see below) Mr. D married a German woman who unexpectedly decided to move back home. Mr. D found a job in Germany and needed to sell the car, which is how I found this Benz. I have records of all the work he had done at Beverly Laurel Automotive, an independent Mercedes shop staffed by Mercedes Factory-trained mechanics using only OEM Mercedes parts. This work includes:
December 2013: Valve adjustment, new filters, Engine AND Transmission mounts, Power steering hoses/clamps, Lower Control Arm bushings, Track Rod & Rod end bushings. New Drive Shaft, Front & Rear Flex Disc & Center Support with new Bearings. New Radiator, Upper & Lower hoses, clamps, coolant and transmission cooling hoses. New Heater Hose Water Pump, Replaced all exterior hangers. Replace Steering Gear Box & Damper. Full Alignment (all 4)
New Michelin Defender Tires put on at 244,400 miles. There are now only 22,800 miles on these tires, which come with a 90,000 mile warranty - so you've got over 65,000 miles left!
July 2014: Replaced left & right rear Axle Shafts, fix air filter bracket (common item on 300Ds), Adjust Steering box, repair A/C compressor electrical switches.
January 2015: Replaced front brake Calipers, Pads & sensors & harness, Replace oil filter housing gaskets.
Feb. 2015: Replace door vacuum elements
April 2015: New AAA diesel Battery
Also have records for all regular oil change and service. Total receipts from work done by Mr. D: $8,212.40. Mr. D did all of the work that anyone buying one of these older cars needs to do to get it running smoothly and safely.
June 2015 to Present
When Mr. D found his job in Germany, I purchased the car from him and I have continued to maintain and upgrade this w123 Mercedes by certified mechanics and OEM parts (I'm not mechanically inclined - so the only work done by me is the headlights & diesel purge):
August 2015: Installed 4 new Kicker speakers in the original locations because original speakers deteriorated with age: front dash x2 and rear deck x2. I have the original speaker covers if you'd like to return to the original look.
December 2015: Valve adjustment.
March 2016: Cleaned injectors and fuel system with Diesel Purge. Installed new front brake Rotors and Calipers and New Brake Pads on all 4.
April 2016: New Oil Cooler Hoses. If you aren't familiar with these hoses, they are essential to the diesel motor and if they fail - it causes catastrophic engine failure. They must be changed as the rubber wears out over 30 years. These hoses are no longer made by Mercedes and I shopped all over until I found quality German replacements.
June 2016: Replaced original sealed-beam headlights with new Hella H4 Halogen lights for a great night view.
All together, over $10,000 has been spent on updating this car in the last 2.5 years. All receipts will be provided to the new owner. If you buy a $4000 300D, this is the money you will need to spend to bring it up to date.
The car runs perfectly. The engine starts up immediately every time and has a nice consistent hum. Come see the car and do any tests you'd like. The oil cap doesn't dance at all when loosened when the engine is running (a common engine health test). The transmission shifts firmly as it should and I've had zero problems with it. Acceleration is great for what can be expected from this car. No black smoke or noise from the turbo. Everything is in order.
I've had zero mechanical problems and even drove it from San Diego to Denver (and back) in the August heat last year and it worked flawlessly.
All interior electronics work: Cruise control, heater blows very hot, interior lights work, sunroof works, all electric windows work, all automatic door locks work. A/C works under 90 degrees (see below).
Original stereo was replaced by Prof. K, who installed an Alpine Tuner/CD player, with I-pod/phone integration, Pandora, and 1/8" Aux input and USB input - you can charge your Android/Iphone by plugging in USB cable - no need for cigarette lighter adapter. Perfect for using your phone for navigation with real-time Google maps.
Comes with all original tools, including the Mercedes jack that fits in the jack holes unique to this era Mercedes. Also have original first-aid kit, manuals and documents.
Comes with original Fuchs "Bundt" Rims that are in excellent shape, along with a full-size brand new Michelin spare on a 5th Fuchs rim in the trunk that has never been used. Dash is in excellent shape - most of these are cracked so bad that owners use a carpet mat to cover the dash. Mine has a few very minor cracks that are not very visible and there is no need to use a mat because it looks so good.
All chrome is in great shape: bumpers, mirrors & trim. No leaks - all seals on doors work great. Everything is original - never converted to run on veggie oil - but this is a good car for it, if that is what you want.
The Bad Parts:
Face it, no 30 year old car is perfect. I want to be as forthright as possible so that prospective buyers know exactly what I'm selling and there are no surprises. First is the A/C. It does not blow cold when outside temp is over 90 degrees. Fortunately, all parts work and it blows cold at lower temps. The compressor engages and turns and all ventilation functions work. It may need a recharge of coolant or maybe a relay/temp. regulator needs to be replaced - I don't know.
Second, there is a spot on the roof where 1 layer of paint is peeling off. There are 2 circles next to each other about 3 inches each. Fortunately, it is just one layer that is peeling and the same color is underneath. You can see this in one of the photos in the link. I keep a heavy coat of wax over it for protection, which is the source of the white haze in the pic.
It is a rust-free California car except for the bottom interior corner of the front passenger's door - there is a 1.5 inch strip of rust where the drain hole is. This is where water is intended to drain when the car is washed or rained on - somehow there is a small spot of rust there.
The glove compartment latch is finicky. It won't stay latched if it is pressed closed. Instead, you need to slide the latch over for it to stay shut. The plastic surrounding the mirrors on the sun visors is deteriorating, but they stay shut. The cloth covering the A-pillars is deteriorating - visible in pics. Can be cleaned up with razor blade to show black undercoat.
The front grill took a rock and there is a 1-inch gap. This is visible in the pictures.
The hood is held by brackets that originally had a locking tab that would lock in place. Since this was unusual, many people tried to close the hood, without releasing the lock latch, which would break the latches. This appears to have happened on this car. The good news is that the brackets hold the hood firmly up when it is opened fully so that you can easily work on it without the need of a stick or other device to prop it up. You can see the open hood in the photos - it opens straight up so you don't need to duck under it. In the photos, you'll notice a watermark on the black felt pad that is on the underside of the hood on the driver's side – this is from windshield wiper fluid. The cap on the fluid bottle is loose and when I filled it, it splashed up onto the felt mat.
As you can see, this car is in exceptional shape that is hard to find for its age. This Benz has had caring owners who have kept it in great mechanical and aesthetic condition. Perfect for any Mercedes enthusiast who knows the reputation of the OM617 engine on a w123 chassis.
Ask me any questions you want or message me to see the car in person and take it for a drive if you are interested. Car is located in North San Diego County. Prefer in-person cash transaction. No Trades.
Reasonable offers will be considered from serious buyers.