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79 300 SD/TD. Sell it or keep it?

I've owned and loved this beautiful car virtually trouble-free for 10 years. It's high-mileage (240K), but because it's been taken super-care of by me and one former owner, mechanic says should be good to 300K, which at my 5K/year is a long time. First major trouble: now needs a reverse band, which will be $1300 to fix or $2300 to rebuild tranny. I'd like some advice from other owners. What would you do?
1. Sell it as-is for whatever I can get?
2. Fix it and sell it for a better price?
3. Rebuild the tranny and keep 'er?
Input greatly appreciated.
PS: another question: I've looked all over for info on somewhat newer MBs, but it's almost impossible to sort through the zillions of models. Anybody know where I can find out what the differences are between models and classes of various years, and esp which are diesel?
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RE: 79 300 SD/TD. Sell it or keep it?

While my Diesel 300 GD was in the shop my mechanic let me borrow his 79 300 SD. It is not pretty to look at but the driving was excellent. I was both surprised and impressed with how well this old car handled. Most of the early 80's I've owned were wagons, so this sedan was a rocket! My advice is to find a way to keep your car. The newer models are not up to the standard of this one. The only other diesel sedan that I really liked was the 1995 300 Diesel. This was the 124 Chasis and so much smaller. These are hard to find, but a good choice if you decide to make a change. You might also check into a tranny from Mercedes-Benz as they a clearing out inventory of old parts now. Good luck!
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RE: 79 300 SD/TD. Sell it or keep it?

Thanks, Ed. Yours is the second reference I've heard to the 95 300D--worth keeping my eyes open for. I'll contact Daimler, too, to ask about transmissions.
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RE: 79 300 SD/TD. Sell it or keep it?

Keep the car, by all means – especially if her engine is in such good shape. Consider as well: there are those who believe the 87 300 D is the best diesel of the w124s.
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