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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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1976 300D

Hello All,

New to the forums, and really glad to see a lot of Benz lovers here!

I started working for Mercedes Benz about 6 months ago. In my time there, I have seen a ton of really cool cars come through the building (mostly the newer ones).

The other day, a guy from another office drove his 1976 300d into work, and I instantly fell in love. I really really want one of these cars!!

I live in MI, so I know the rust will probably be an issue, but my question is this.

I am not a mechanic. Sure, I can change the oil and brakes and stuff like that, but I know nothing about engines or transmissions or anything. I've heard that these cars are relatively easy to work on, but I'm sure that is true for mechanics, and not just the average Joe.

So, is this something you think I could tackle with little experience as a mechanic? I obviously wouldn't want to buy a complete beater, so hopefully it wouldn't be a full on restoration. But then again, I am not in the market to spend $10k + for a fully restored one.

Thanks for the suggestions all!

P.S. - As an FYI, I am currently looking at this 300D

1976 Mercedes Benz 300D
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That's a fair price for the car. It'll need a lot of little piddly things but it is a 36 year old car. The best thing about it is the fact it is being driven and not sitting where everything rots.

This is a cruiser and basic sedan. Treat it as such and it'll last you for another 20 years. Drive it as a naturally aspirated diesel and not as a gasoline engined car. More throttle does not translate into instant response.
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I think you will be able to perform lot of repairs by yourself and if you buy one in decent condition there's a good chance that you won't be needing lot of repairs. They are very reliable cars. Btw if you would be interested in a good project I know about one :-)

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