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Buying a Diesel Mercedes that has sat for a long time?

Do you personally avoid classics that haven't been driven in 5+ years? Let's say a barn find, no rust, body is in near perfect condition but car's been sitting their for a long time. Is it just as simple as flushing the fuel tank and replacing fuel lines, injectors and filters?

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Plenty of information about buying cars that have been sitting a long while. What happens is most of the liquid components can calcify, the rubber will dry, seals will rot, etc. Depends also on where the car was sitting. Barn/garage much better than outdoors in the rain.

One note, Diesels survive better than gas cars because diesel fuel has an oily element to it, that helps give it a bit better longevity and is less likely to destroy fuel systems the way gas will.
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Do you personally avoid classics that haven't been driven in 5+ years? Let's say a barn find, no rust, body is in near perfect condition but car's been sitting their for a long time. Is it just as simple as flushing the fuel tank and replacing fuel lines, injectors and filters?
Seals, shocks, bushings, ball joints... Nothing is cut and dry
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So you guys would rather buy a properly maintained mercedes with 200k miles to it than one with 30k that has sat in a garage for 20 years? Both rust free.

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Any old car is going to require a LOT of maintenance. In a few years you will have done it all anyway. Why not have a low miles car after doing all that instead if a high miles car. If you want one to drive the day you buy it? Then go for "well maintained" above all, even including rust issues.
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So you guys would rather buy a properly maintained mercedes with 200k miles to it than one with 30k that has sat in a garage for 20 years? Both rust free.
I would look twice and think a hundred times more on any car that has a reputed 30K miles in 40 years. In my head, either the PO is telling tall tales or the museum it is being sold from is going out of business. For an extremely low mile car that has sat for eons, I would be extremely surprised to see the power train in operable condition. If the car were stored without fuel, it's likely to have a serviceable fuel system, but again, anything rubber is likely be shot. An empty fuel tank is also likely to have water in it from condensation.

If I found a really nice survivor with 200k miles, I'd go for it. Mercedes engines of the era aren't known for their frailty and if the PO has maintenance receipts, you could easily be getting a heckuva good buy.
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If you want one to drive the day you buy it? Then go for "well maintained" above all, even including rust issues.
This is exactly why I bought the rust bucket 107 I did. I wanted a driver, above all - and got one, plus or minus one rusty suspension component. But it had 235K+ miles on it, and had been kept up. The engine's in good shape, even if the body and suspension...aren't.

The downside is that I expect to drive it till the wheels fall off. Literally. It's pretty rusty. But man, is it fun! I paid $2K for it, have put a lot of time but only another $500 or so into it, and when I drive it, I can't get the grin off my face.

If you want one that's going to hold together for the long term, spend more time and more money examining the car you pick.

(And those old diesels...there's a fintail 190D on CL here for $1000...but merciful $DEITY, it's the first car I've ever seen specified where the quarter mile takes less time than 0-60!)
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To be honest ?
EVERYBODY here would love a low mileage barn find (But they won't tell you), IF IT'S ACCURATE AND VERIFIABLE.

What you will deal with, after getting it going and cleaning it out (mechanically and aesthetically) is little "aches and pains" from non use.

Rubber parts will need to be replaced little by little.

But a low mileage original WITHOUT RUST would be worth all that trouble !

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Is this the car in question?

1985 300D low low miles W123 mb sedan 6000

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/4902542889.html

I did recently notice that the cowl vent screens seem to be missing. Strange.

Seller claims he wouldn't be afraid to drive it 4000 miles.

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Did you see this one? The Amtrak auto train is close to orlando, and runs up to Washington, DC. I brought my 1978 450slc 5.0 convertible home on the auto train.

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