Date registered: Sep 2016
Vehicle: 1982 300D Turbodiesel (US Spec)
Location: Costa Rica
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It looks very nice. Cosmetically, the only thing that lets this thing down is the coolant reservoir. It looks dark and faded, but apart from that, it looks fantastic. Everything looks complete and nice.
As for the price, I normally see coupes going for around that money in this condition, at least in Hemmings and ebay. Probably you can get them cheaper from other sources, but usually have higher millage. Also, who cares how much you paid for it, itís your money.
Not wanting to create controversy, I think that paying a considerable amount of money for a car like this is not exactly bad. When you paid a good chunk of hard earned money for something, you appreciate and care more about it. Normally when people get this sort of car for cheap, they donít take care of it because is a cheap car and they can buy another one for peanuts all day long and kill one after the other and that is how one day they become extinctÖ
Anyway, what I would recommend you is right after receive the car, is to check all fluids and make sure they were replaced and are correct. You donít want something like green coolant. Also put the car on a lift and inspect carefully all suspension components, exhaust and hangers, fluid leaks, drive shaft flex disc and carrier bearing, axle boots, and the condition of the undercoating.
If you see any cracks in the undercoating, you will have to peel it and clean any surface rust that may be growing there. Rust hides underneath it and when you realize, the car is all rusted.
If you see cracks in the rubber components of the drive shaft or axle boots, you have to replace it right away, otherwise catastrophic damage will occur.
Just, bear in mind that you bought a car that is 33 years old. Things can and will go wrong with it from time to time. You have to expect that. The good thing is that there are lots of resources to fix anything.
Good luck with it. I hope it makes you happy.