Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1972 220 D, 1974 450SL, 1995 E300D 2002 S430, 1976 300D, 1986 SDL, 1982 SD
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My late $0.02, Stay away from any diesel that does not start. It could be as simple as a dead battery, but you can find that out by toting your own battery to prove the veracity of any statement of dead battery. Starter failure with a known good battery will be no spin up. Glow issue will be obvious from failure of the indicator to light. Older toaster glow system would show on dash as well as under the hood with failure to heat.
Seized engine, bad head gaskets, coolant in the oil, garbage fuel, clogged filters. The list goes on, and downward from that point.
One way to bypass dead starter or other minor issues is to push start. If it is electrical, then the push start will get her to light off. No fuel or seized will not let it run.