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Old 08-07-2010, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to distinguish a euro spec model

I am getting a 1983 300d tomorrow. It has a 4 speed manual trans and the owner claims it is a european model. It doesn't have the euro headlights and i've done some searching but cant really find what im looking for. Is it true that the manual transmissions are european only? Just looking for some insight. Thanks
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's a 1983, the #1 thing to look at is the engine. If it's a non-turbo and untouched from the factory, it's a Euro. All Euro spec W123 300Ds were non-turbo.

Also look at the VIN. If it begins with WDB123130... instead of WDBAB30..., you have a Euro.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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alright, it is non-turbo. Im going to get the vin# from the owner. What are the visual distinguishing marks?
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WDB12313010307476 Is the vin. Looks to be euro. whats the value difference between euro and american models?
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WDB12313010307476 Is the vin. Looks to be euro. whats the value difference between euro and american models?
Euros don't usually command much a difference over their US spec counterparts unless the Euro is an AMG tuned model or has a 5 speed transmission.

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Old 08-07-2010, 04:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Euros don't usually command much a difference over their US spec counterparts unless the Euro is an AMG tuned model or has a 5 speed suspension.

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Must have been a very early adaptive suspension. *selects sport mode and pushes all 80 HP through the apex of the curve*
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D'oh! Well, at least the last syllable was correct. Lesson learned, don't post while groggy. I went to Coffee and Cars this morning and the stupid Houston heat zapped what little energy I had, so I got some more rest when I got back home and made that post immediately after I awoke.
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Dang lying original owner of my w123. -___- this thread just ruined my fun of saying that my '85 CD was originally a Euro.
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Dang lying original owner of my w123. -___- this thread just ruined my fun of saying that my '85 CD was originally a Euro.
That's right, all 300CDs were for the North American market. There's no such thing as a 300CD Euro. Perhaps he meant European delivery?
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