I bought this car early this year at an equipment auction here in Sacramento, Ca. I bought it to see if I still like the model after 30+ years, before paying out $7-$15k for "the one". I did not want to spend that kind of money only to find out I don't like the model.
I gave it to master mechanic Garret (known here on this forum as "DieselKraut") and told him to make it "mechanically representative of the model". That way I would be able to gauge (remember) the performance (or lack thereof) of a MB TD Wagon and see if it "suits my style".
He replaced all filters. He installed new upper control arms (?) and other miscellaneous things.
I picked it up and had it detailed.
The radiator let go so I had a new radiator installed.
I would now drive this wagon to SoCal from NorCal without hesitation.
THIS IS AN ENTRY LEVEL WAGON. This is not the "perfect one" if you are looking for that.
California car; NO RUST ANYWHERE.
162,000 miles on body. Garrett says that it has an '84 engine.
Starts and stops as it should, hot or cold.
It has a salvage title from a long ago front left fender bender.
There are some dash cracks, especially in the cold, can't see them in the hot weather.
The dash wood is ok; the lower gear shift wood has line cracks in the finish.
The driver's seat is firm and has the ever so slightest of left lean in the cushion; there is a tear in left lower back area.
The A/c is non-op. Garret says it needs a compressor but all the other stuff that makes it work seems to be operational.
If you are looking for an entry level car, this is it.
Have all paperwork for all work done by me. Calif. registration paid up until June 2017. Insurance is $240/year!
Vin #: WDBAB93A9CN005596
You may post any mechanical questions and I will ask Garrett for the response.
FOR PICTURES. Click this DropBox link:
To see these picks I had to right click and "open link in new tab".
NOTICE: As of 10/8 the front passenger window will not go back up. That WILL BE FIXED shortly.
I did the troubleshooting procedure Garrett told me to do and the problem is the dash switch.
Thank you for looking,