Date registered: Mar 2010
Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic Wagon (115,000 Miles)
Location: Seattle, WA
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1987 300SDL... To buy, or not to buy??
I came across a 1987 Mercedes 300SDL with 145,000 original miles that I am told is in amazing condition. The asking price on it is $2300 due to "slipping first gear." When I talked to the owner he said it only slipped one time and he had to use the red 'STOP' button on the throttle linkage to shut off the engine. Another time he drove it everything seemed to be fine. To me this sounds like a vacuum issue since the shutoff solenoid is vacuum operated and so are components of the transmission. If it is a failing transmission, I have experience with the 722.3s and I could rebuild it with a few hundred dollars and a weekend if all of the hard components are in tact. If this is the case, does this seem like a fair buy? I am told there are no other mechanical issues and hardly any cosmetic. I have had the same exact transmission/shutoff issue with my old W126 and I found a disconnected vacuum line in the engine compartment.
If I could get some input on this soon it would be greatly appreciated. I am going to look at the car saturday and I desperately need a commuter so I can stop driving my Wagon into the ground every day. (I am also a huge fan of the W126 long bodies).
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