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Old 10-17-2005, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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W123 Rust buckets?

I am wondering how well my 82 300D will hold up to road salt in the winter. I dont think this car has been exposed to too many winters. It may be my future winter driver, and our city dumps salt on the roads whenever it snows over half an inch.

Anybody have any experiences in this matter?
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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RE: W123 Rust buckets?

If you don't like the car that much, sell it and buy a Nissan for a snow car. These W123's (especially pre 1980), have a rusting problem. If you're lucky enough to have one with little or no rust, savor it, and don't expose it to the salt!
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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RE: W123 Rust buckets?

I'm saving my Neon for the winter. It was thick steel they used, but it isn't chemically treated stuff like what they have now. Todays cars seem never to rust if you just keep them polished every now and then. Yes, a spot can start here and there, but you can usually get to it. Growing up in the midwest, it seemed every car was on a slow, steady march to the rust yard and there was nothing you could do about it.

My car is from the Southwest, and has no rust. You couldn't pay me to take my Mercedes out in the salt.
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The only salt here is in the water, and you don’t drive in that unless you’re drunk or there’s a ‘cane.
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Old 10-17-2005, 10:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The only salt here is in the water, and you don’t drive in that unless you’re drunk or there’s a ‘cane.
EXACTLY! [8D]
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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RE: W123 Rust buckets?

I might have to settle for something else then. My car does not have any large rust spots, and I would like to keep it that way. The thing handles horribly in snow anyways. I think ill look for something with ABS and FWD
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Old 10-18-2005, 10:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Nah, just make sure you have a good heater and seatbelts! [:D]
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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RE: W123 Rust buckets?

I purchased my 300D in San Jose, CA. I know the vehicle was purchased in San Jose, and was kept in the area all its life (I have service records). I decided to replace the rubber molding around the back glass prior to moving back to Alaska (the car is now in storage at my uncle's place in San Francisco). Despite how rust-free the body seemed to be, once I got the back glass out, I saw that the bottom corners of glass opening were starting to get rusty, with one corner appearing to have been patched (w/ bondo...ugh!) at one point in time. So I had to do a lot of sanding, sealing, bondo work (ugh!), and painting just to get that rust spot back under control.

I would really like to get the car here to Kodiak Alaska, but I am reluctant to bring it because I have a feeling it may rot apart here. Afterall, it was in San Jose all its life, and still managed to have a little bit of a rust problem. I love the car too much to have it rust to pieces. :(

I say get a winter beater, so that you can preserve what life your W123 has left in it.

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Old 11-01-2005, 05:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Anthony, here's a winter ride which would be a hoot.
Probably too nice for winter too. I saw this on the improved touring forum. It deserves a good home

"your cousin bob"

Rust-free, never seen snow
Black Fabric Sliding Moonroof
Chassis has something a little more than 100,000 miles, but Engine, Gearbox and Suspension were all redone approximately 15,000 miles ago.

All work performed by local VW Guru with Decades of VW Performance and Racing Experience.

Chassis:
Koni Yellow Struts
Neuspeed Race Springs
Neuspeed Sway Bars Front & Rear
Upper and Lower front Tie Bars
Converted to Wheel Studs
Metal-Master Front Brake Pads
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines (?????)
Stock VW Snowflake Wheels with Yokohama AVS ES100 tires (less than 5000 miles)
Stock Seats redone with Original Fabric, great condition
Replaced Right-Front Hub, Wheel Bearing, Ball-Joint, and Axle-Shaft (less than 1000 miles)

Engine:
Rebuilt 10:1 Compression Short-Block
Ported Rebuilt Head done by Interprep Performance (aftermarket camshaft, unknown manufacturer or specs, but has Lumpy Idle and pulls strong to 7000 RPM)
Corrado Throttle-Body
Techtonics Double-Down Pipe to Hi-Flow converter, then custom-bent muffler-shop exhaust

Transaxle:
Rebuilt Stock Transaxle
Quaiffe Limited Slip
Alternate 5th gear, don’t know ratio of that or of the Final Drive
Short-Shifter
Shift Linkage rebuilt less than 1000 miles ago

Parting ways with my most fun car I've ever owned. All I can say is goes like hell, stops on a dime, and corners like nothing else. Please forward questions to mfisher@williamsvillek12.org. I'm a teacher so e-mail is easier than me getting to the IT usually. Serious... e-mail me for pictures. Here are all the particulars.

Vehicle has to go! Want tomove it out before the snow comes, and I live in Buffalo so that could be any day! Please email me with any questions or requests for pictures. Asking 4500.00 but I need to sell
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Old 11-07-2005, 07:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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RE: W123 Rust buckets?

Just had my 240D restored by a friend that owed me $$. I thought the car was fairly decent - until we started to take it apart! Check out the rust in these pics! All restore pics will be posted in my gallery..
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