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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 07:16 PM
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Vehicle: 1995 E300 Diesel
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I have the same car, a 1995 E300d. I paid $4800 for it (retrospect, a little steep, but whatever). The suspension will need some love, but its usually a 1-time thing for an owner.

I did have an injection pump die on me - the replacement from benz is $5k. (Not a typo) but there are good used ones out there for $250-500.00

Motor isn't tough to work on, just need patience, a surgical cleanliness propensity, and some good wrenches. Its a mechanically injected inline 6. About as simple as it gets on a diesel.

Agree on harness - had to do that, not rocket science but annoying.

Injectors aren't tough, they do need special tools (I have, and rent them out, just sayin..), the glow plugs can be a PITA if they get comfy in the head.

Gotta use Liqui-Moly Super Diesel additive in them - @sbaert turned me on to this stuff, and its gold. Amazon has it by the case. bottle every other tank.

Diesel cars are for highway warriors. I drive a LOT (have rental properties around central AZ) and this car, for 2015, has cost me maybe $400 in maintenance. 2014 was more, for sure, but once the big stuff is done, its one of the best vehicles I've ever had. They don't like to sit, however, so if its a once-a-week driver, you're gonna have some problems.

Offer them $3400 cash and just know its 23 years old, and not perfect.

The next nut I have to crack is a new driver's seat...

'95 E300D - 230K - My DD. Love her.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 07:19 PM
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Oh, and I'd like to add something - if your friend buys this car....they need to get to know computers enough to use this forum. It helped me ENORMOUSLY when I bought this benz, and the members are fantastic.

html code? nah, you're good. but posting and replying are very very helpful "mechanical skills" with these W124's.
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'95 E300D - 230K - My DD. Love her.
99 Powerstroke - 7.3's never die
04 BMW R1150R
02 Ducati ST-4
07 Ducati S2R1000
92 Stihl 090
07 Portuguese Water Dog for bird-fetching and nav...
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 07:36 PM
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If he can't DIY don't let him buy it. Its not worth it if you're taking it to a mechanic.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 02:00 PM
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I own a 95' E300D.
Purchased at 160K miles. now it has 190K
Im a mechanic by trade
I have replaced:

A/C compressor (new)
A/C expansion valve.
A/C receiver Dryer.
Water Pump.
Tensioner / damper / belt.
Fan blade.
Fan clutch.
Thermostat.
Fuel lines / O-rings at injection pump.
Front and rear brakes.
Drive shaft flex couplings. Front and back.
Transmission mount.
All new vacuum hoses.
Tires. (5)
Air Filter.
Cabin filters.
Power steering hoses.
1 new aux cooling fan. ( both fans work )
coolant reservoir bottle.
Fuel tank screen. Removed fuel tank for cleaning.
Radio / speakers.

and its still work in progress because its a 25 yr old car.
Now having said all that. This car ( w124) rides and drives better than my newer 98' E300TD
W124 best body design by Mercedes Benz. in my opinion.

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 02:39 PM
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The '95 diesel is practically impossible to beat on running costs if you find a example that was well kept. I put over 70K on the E250 that was just sold in the 18 months I owned it. The only thing it needed besides fuel, oil and filters . . . A new set of ball joints.

As with any MB it's all about service records, service records, and more service records. I don't give a damn about what it looks like from the outside as evidenced by my new purchase of a V12 W140 that sat in a barn for 5 years, but if the mechanical and electrical items check out and the car has no rust or accident damage and is showing a strong or full set of service records, buy it.

Would I have bought this car without the records to back it up, hella no.
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