Date registered: Mar 2009
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What to do with an ailing 1986 300SDL?
Just wondering if anyone had any advice for what I should do with my ailing '86 300SDL. I loved this car: bought it in 2003 with 340,000 miles on it (just 2 owners before me). I proceeded to log another estimated 300,000 miles on it (I drive alot for work) up until last August, when cruising along at 75mph it just lost power. I pulled to the side, engine still running, but a disheartening unnatural noise coming from deep within the engine. Engine would rev weakly, but never would put up oil pressure or enough torque to engage the automatic transmission. Towed it home and it has been languishing in my mechanic's lot ever since.
Last week, he offered me $100 for it: basically crush price, but he said he wanted to try to revive it. White with a blue interior, the leather is cracked and splits on the driver seat. Dash is split and warped around the AC ports and such (west Texas sun is hard on plastic...). Wrecked once (fast&furious drifter t-boned into passenger rear wheel: bent the wishbone and shattered the bearing in the little driveline, totally destoyed the little japanese car: the SDL is *tank*) insurance put all new rear wishbone and shock and wheel. AC is all new as of last year: condenser, evaporator, dryer, expansion valve, (compressor was used, but installed last year). Sunroof never worked (never got a chance to fix it), and some window switches need work.
So what should I do? Scrap it? Part it out? Drag it into the front yard and let it rust in peace?
Sorry for the long post. I just really loved this car, but I don't have the time, money or space to do an engine rebuild, and I'm not sure the interior is worth it. Any advice is appreciated.