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1968 Mercedes 200D questions


I'm MB19, a newbie to the forum and the world of Mercedes. I really like Fintail body type, and there is one on my local craigslist. I'm really excited, and hope I can get some helps here.

It's an one family car, and everything seems to be original with 156000 miles on it (though no services records not mentioned). New brakes. And always been garaged. It smokes, but runs and drives good. Asking $2500.

Is $2500 a good price? I've attached some of the pictures to help determine the value.

I'd like to know a few things about 1968 200D
1. How reliable is it? I'm planning to drive it 2-3 times a week (mostly local and some freeway)
2. What are the typical problems they have? What should I look for before I purchase it? And what should I give most my attention to after I purchased it?
3. How much it costs to own one? For example, maintenance, parts availability, etc.
4. How is the MPG? I'm just curious, I'm not going to be picky about the MPG anyway.

Thanks for the helps, and I really hope I can really make it my first Mercedes!
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Inside, outside, and engine look great! Is this the car? $2500 is a steal. Rust is the #1 thing to look out for...floors, wheel wells, rocker panels, trunk floor, spare tire wells. Rust is costly to fix, and if it's bad enough, could make the car unsafe to drive.
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Agreed, if that is the car....2500$ is a steal....just get rid of that stupid air filter...

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Adorable car. The biggest problem with it is that it makes frozen molasses look like Ussain Bolt.

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how much blow by on this engine , this early diesel used to wear the cylinder bores rather fast , used to rebore around 120 k miles . on the 220 d they put hard sleeves in engine block .
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I have a '73 220D. I would agree about the rust. Have the car checked by someone who knows these cars - and has a lift (that's the way to look for all the rust).

Beyond that - they are reliable, they get ~30 MPG, you can work on them yourself (although oil changes get messy). They are very comfortable and fun to drive without power steering.

On the less good side: they are slow, they smoke (this is normal), sometimes parts can be challenging to find, also a mechanic who knows these cars can be hard to find (but you only need one good one),

A car that old will need many new rubber parts - although these may have been changed already. Parts for this car can be more expensive that for a corolla but you will have the only one in the parking lot (except at vintage MB events - which I encourage you to attend).

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