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The price is right, the condition is right, the location (an hour north from New York City) is right,,, If I have had a bit more space...:crybaby2:


1981 Mercedes-Benz 300D CD - $2700 (Wappingers Falls, NY)

1981 Mercedes-Benz 300D CD

 

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Wheel arches + NY == Rust bucket.
 

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Wheel arches + NY == Rust bucket.
Not necessarily. It's down near the city, and they don't use road salt there.

Plus there's no obvious rust between the wheel arch and the front of the door. Every rusty 123 seems to start there- at least the one's I've seen here.
 

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did anyone else notice he put in 15" tires? Does it really have 15" bundts? email sent.
 

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did anyone else notice he put in 15" tires? Does it really have 15" bundts? email sent.
i was JUST gonna say that i noticed them before reading it
 

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Wheel arches + NY == Rust bucket.
I live in NY near Wappingers Falls and my town is a watershed area because our reservoirs feed NYC and the five boroughs. We dont use salt, just gravel, and my 300D is not rusty.
 

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I wish it wouldn't be financially irresponsible for me to buy that.. it does look good.

I miss my coupe.
 

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I wish it wouldn't be financially irresponsible for me to buy that.. it does look good.
I miss my coupe.
I've never owned a coupe but i would like to someday!
 

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Geez, like akimball442 --- I had one and I miss it. a CD (better yet a CDT) would be a "nice to have".... If shipping to my country isn't much of hassle in logistics (and cost!).....
 

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Premium climate control? Check under hood for "the dreaded servo unit", can't remember what year they stopped using it.
I understand there are 15 inch bundts, but doubt they're on the car.
 

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Premium climate control? Check under hood for "the dreaded servo unit", can't remember what year they stopped using it.
I understand there are 15 inch bundts, but doubt they're on the car.

81 was the first year for the horizontal push button Climate control.. ACCIII or whatever.

Servo was 77-80.

I can tell you my 81 300D is a tricky car, but it's also got LOTS of miles. I've learned to stay away from any future 81s unless they are very inexpensive.. The transmissions are a major hassle to get right. No doubt this coupe has or will have the same issues.

81 is the only year with the screwy vacuum only tranny, and there seems to be no correct vacuum diagrams for 1981 anywhere.
 

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I'd be interested in the car if it weren't on the opposite coast from me!

And yeah, that's after taking the fact that it's an '81 into consideration. ;)

'81s are strange, indeed. I can't say I've had too many issues with mine though, other than wishing it was equipped with a turbo diesel...
 

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I understand there are 15 inch bundts, but doubt they're on the car.
I have a set sitting here, but I need new tires for them before I can put them on. :crybaby2:
 

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A friend has a coupe he's thinking about selling, I talked to him yesterday. He mentions this every now and again, don't know how serious he is, but he now has three cars.
 
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