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Looking to buy a coupe soon, have admired these cars from afar for a long time. Please provide accurate advice, as specific as possible in response to questions. Looking at a early 70s 250c but may also go for 80s 300CD or CDT, possibly a 60s era 220 SE.<br> <br> 1) I am a professional photographer and have bought old Leica cameras on the premise that if they haven't been abused (which is easy to see) they are so well-made that they're a safe bet, and I've never been burned. Can an old Benz be bought following the same logic or is the situation more complicated. Is an early 70s 250c servicable as a daily driver without putting a lot into it or is it really just a collectors' car at this point? On the positive side, I'd drive it regularly but not very hard (8-15 miles a day, mostly highway).<br> <br> 2) I've heard owners of old Volvos talk about getting the compression checked. Is this an absolute necessity with a Benz or can one, once again, follow the logic that if it drives good, sounds nice, and obviously hasn't been abused, it's a pretty good bet?<br> <br> 2) One car I'm looking at, in really nice condition, could use a rebuild on the carbs (duals). Can anyone tell me what this will cost? Also, when the carbs start to go, is that an indication of other trouble down the road? <br> <br> Have been unable to get accurate info about gas vs diesel reliability (250c vs. 300 CD or CDT). Claims have been made that both motors go 400,000 plus miles if taken care of. Can anybody offer anything on this that is not simply personal predjudice? I would assume that the gas motors are cheaper to rebuild (if this is needed eventually) than the diesels. Is this true?<br> <br> Any informed info on general reliability issues with the 250C, 300CD, 300CDT and 60's era 220 SE Coupes? Any years with special problems, etc.?<br> <br> Please respond ASAP as there is one car that I'd have to make a decision on rather soon. Thanks, Tom
 

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Tom,<br> <br> Only comment I have is that IF you go with the diesels and IF the car is a 1985 and IF the car is a 'california' version then either: don't buy it or make sure the trap oxidizer has been replaced under the TSB issued by the factory.
 

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I would definatly have a mechanic do a pre-purchase check. A benz can last 180k miles to 400k miles depending on how it has been driven. Ive seen both. The body doesnt usually do to bad with rust, but look under the body at the suspension. Check for major rust. As for Diesel vs. Gas the diesel definatly lasts MUCH longer than the gas engine but you have to put up with the negatives of diesel. I know you said you wanted an 70s car, but try to go for the early 80s models they are probally the best<br> As for regular driving of the 70's benz, they are great summer cars, but not good winter cars. They are hard to start in the winter, have poor traction in the snow and get eaten by rust. I would seriously reccomend buying one if you live in an area with warm winters, if it has a clean histroy and you treat it right it will last forever. Hope this helps
 

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Hello Matt,<br>
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I'm going to look at an 85 in california this week....can you explain how to tell if it is a CA car, and also what the trap oxidizer replacement would look like, and why not buy one if it hasn't?<br>
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Thanks! jc
 
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