Date registered: Nov 2004
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Questions on 1971 220 Diesel.
I scrolled through the past couple of pages, and saw a few about this era, this model benz and figured there must be a bit of knowledge and experience with these cars out there.
I'm not a german car fanatic, I pretty much specialize in 60's and 70's british sports cars (MG's, Triumphs, etc.) and I dabble with american muscle (although it's so straight forward anyone can work on them).
I have come across a 1971 220D in perfect shape though, and being in michigan, older, foreign cars in great condition is damn near impossible. It seems to only have 77,000 miles or so on it, everything is spotless and I'm going over there before wednesday to listen to it, and trundle it up and down the road for a while.
I just wanted to know about any details I should pay attention to (rear CV's, vaccuum hoses/pump, glowplugs, rattles, bangs and crashes). I know how to check all the normal things, suspension, brakes and general upkeep, but if there are any exceptionally expensive, relatively common failures on these cars, I would like a bit of information before I go over there. No need to go to battle unprepared you know?
It doesn't seem like these cars are sought after (maybe it's their anemic power output and relatively small stature) I don't know though, I find the car sort of charming, so no jokes about it being a taxi-cab, I'm already disgusted at myself for being excited about possibly buying it.
Oh, the owner has it listed for $2750... but I am sure i can get him down to $2000 or so. That's my other concern, is the person that disinterested in the car? or does it have some imminent failure that only him, and other benz enthusiasts would know about.
Sorry for the essay, I hope someone out there has owned, repaired and loved one before, i'd like to know as much as possible.