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Hello folks. It's been a while since I posted a thread. Anyway, I found this '89 300E in good cosmetic condition. The owner said that mileage is approx 125k. Odometer stopped at 98. I test drove it yesterday and everything works. Sunroof, power windows, radio antenna, gauges. Idle RMP is around 700. Few issues need to be adressed though. First, it accelerates slow and feels really heavy from a stop but once driving, it seems to be normal and the speed gradually increased. Second, the temp gauge wnt to about 100-105 deg. before the fan kicked in (is this Normal)? And third, the wiper is in working order but there is no fluid coming out of the sprayer jets (common issue)? Other than those issues the brakes, shocks, wheel alignmnt need to be done soon.

Any opinion, advice about common problems, pricing will be appreciated. Happy motoring!!!
 

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It looks nice.
About the slow acceleration, I think all the old models would start in 2nd gear, you have to push the gas pedal too deep to make it start in 1st gear, or put the shifter to 2 then back to D to make it start in 1st gear.

The temp gauge reaches 100-105 then the fan kick in is normal.

I can't tell you about the rest.
 

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Thanks Hamada. Any info about pricing. Owner wants 4k for it. Say hi to the 201 guys out there. I sold Bob his 16v. Have a good one!!!
 

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You will be spending around $1000 for all the items you mentioned above (All Brakes, wheel alignments & the 4 struts and shocks) if you don't do it yourself.
So i think $4000 is a little high for an 89.
Does he has a full service records? Also a PPI would be a good investment to have before you buy it.
 

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The owner has service records from 2000 - 2008. Brakes were done in '06 (rotors and pads) but it feels worn out when stopping. The shocks aren't that bad but needs to be replaced anyway. Are the aftermarket parts from tirerack ok for this car? Also the evaporator and condenser of the AC system has been replaced about 2 yrs. ago and it had a recharge last week.
I checked kbb and an excellent condition vehicle from a private party seller is priced around 2600. I'll try 2300 anyway. Thanks again.
 

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i just bought an 88 360e with power seats and 64,000 miles for 2k. Same color. Single Owner. I did have to spend 200 dollars on the ac and now I am upgrading to 17's. so 4 seems to be a bit high
 

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A car is worth whatever he can get for it. Depends a lot on the city. If it's mint otherwise it may be worth it. Check the VIN for accidents and have it inspected by a real mechanic. You don't want to spend $2000 fixing something you just bought.

kbb is out to lunch on a lot of things.
 

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Check the paint for uneven color. Check for overspray and spray on side trim that wasn't taped properly. Check the radiator support for signs of it being crushed at some point or repainted. Look at the bumper support with the hood up; make sure it's straight. Check the rear and center muffler for potential rust holes opening up. Check the wiring under the front carpets and dash for corrosion caused by water damage.

You'd be suprised what people will go through to hide this stuff. Trust no one! :)
 

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The car looks beautiful but I think $4000 it too much for a 89 300e. For a little more, you can get the 93 300e which has 24v engine. Check the coolant tank for oil and white residues which indicates head gasket problem (a $1200 repair). Normally, my car temperature is at 82C on highway and 100C when the AC is on.
 

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Almost everyone lies about how long the odometer has been inop; I've run into this so often that my rule is never to buy a car that had an inoperating odometer. My only exceptions are very good paper trails that can prove that the odo was fixed quickly after it was dead.
 

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The car could have 215k miles on it and may have been repainted. Unless there is a clear trail of proof that says that the car actually has somewhere around 125k miles, then do not buy it.
 
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