Date registered: Aug 2018
Vehicle: 1987 300D Turbo
Location: Kalamazoo, MI, USA
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Looking at a '94 E420 with Bad Trans
Just looked at another V8 W124 that was cheap, but of course also in rough shape. This one doesn't currently move forward or backward at all. The seller says that when he bought the car it would drive, but slowly, like maybe just in 1-2 gear? Anyway, no it won't move at all, but starts right up and runs pretty good. It has 141k miles (verified with CarFax), very basic model, no ASR or heated seats, seems to have had very few factory options. It has rust (like every W124 in my area (Michigan, USA) and needs at a minimum transmission work or replacement. The seller has a used transmission (from a salvage yard) that supposedly works, but is not warranted either.
The upper engine harness is circa 2016 (I think), the distributor caps look new, wires also look newer, the screen on the MAF has a tear, I couldn't tell whether the ETA and lower engine harness had been replaced.
It might have newer shocks/struts, interior isn't great, but all but the driver's seat are restorable, the tires and wheels are decent.
The rust is concerning, but looks repairable (with some cutting and welding), it will need one replacement fender and the rust on the driver's door may warrant its replacement too.
Are the E420 transmissions prone to failure at this type of mileage or is it possible the existing transmission might be repairable? It just revs when put into gear, but you can feel the engine getting loaded (I think) but it does move at all.
The seller is asking $700 with a clean title and the spare used transmission included.