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Basic Matinence Requirments for Vintage Mercedes

New to the classic mercedes world. About to get myself a 75-85 300d either 123 or 115 chassis. Every year how many things must be replaced or reworked. How much $ you figure must go into one every year to be properly cared for. I've been told not to get one of these cars unless your prepared to maintain it yourself. Just too costly to pay someone else to do it and the experince is rewarding. Thanks!

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Diesel only? Or considering gas engines too?

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Yeah, should say Diesel only. I'm prepared to be buying one pretty soon, just want to know what I'm getting myself into. How tech savvy do ya have to be to maintain these older car. Right now am looking at a '76 300d 115 chassis.
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Here's the model designation, job numbers and maintenance charts. These are from Maintenance Manual USA Passenger Cars Volume 1 which covers years 1972-1980 (But actually goes back to at least 1970 as my 113.044 and 109.018 are included) There is a 2nd one covering years 1981-1986. These are great as they have nice pictures of each job and location of the components. I suggest you try find a copy. Maybe the Classic Center has them on disc. I did rotate and save the images correctly but when I preview the post some are still upside down so you will have to rotate them. Sorry, perhaps a more computer savy person can fix them.
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Found one on eBay really quick. Thanks!

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You are correct in saying the only economical way to own one is to do the work yourself. My '72 was dead simple and easy to work on. The 300D is a bit more complex and still easy to work on, just more to go wrong in the end.

I figured I spent $1k a year to keep my car on the road. That included tires when needed, two oil changes, hoses and parts in need of replacement or repair. Fluids and filters, bulbs and body care items, seals, welding and rust control.
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I've spent @ $15410 on my 250S in the last 35 years that it has been mine.

$440 per year with some years $0 and several with $ thousands

highest was $3315, last couple of years had 2 over $1300, but I have been trying to get my car in top shape. i've replaced every mechanical item at least once and some twice or more.

Carbs have been rebuild 4 times, rebuilt trans, and replaced/rebuild engine, repainted 80% one time.

Probably need engine rebuilt in a few years and need repainted again.

Some lucky SOB will get a car with 35 years plus receipts and everything up to date maintenance when I die.
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