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I have a friend who wants to sell this 1987 300SDL diesel Benz. It has 220,000, a few dings here and there,needs a plastic right headlight retainer and the trans shifts erractically but doesn't slip. The vehicle also needs state inspection. Your input on a value would be appreciated.
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Are you serious? I recently got a 1985 300d on the road and love it and this opportunity came up.The trans issue scares me a little bit but according to what I read it's a vacum problem which can be solved at minimal cost.
Thanks for your estimate.
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I will say prices vary greatly for these cars depending on condition. Look on autotrader. I think the average is 6600 - 6800 bucks.

Why is he getting rid of it? There has to be a logical reason.
 

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johnny123 - 3/12/2005 5:30 PM

Are you serious?
220,000 miles…

that’s not much for an MB diesel but it takes its toll on the chassis – what if any front suspension work have you had, 220 k is its max. Engine and tranny mounts, subframe bushings, flex discs, drive shaft bearing, rear axle assembly, all become suspect at those miles. Parts and labor for that can be pricey. Add to that some dents and dings and a strange acting transmission – did it receive proper service all its life? – more than likely other cosmetic bits you did not mention…

yes, $3000 sounds right.
 

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I'm not sure what the condition of the suspension is or if there are other problems with the car but I will check it out. At least I have an idea of it's value. Thanks for all your help.
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jdc1244a - 3/12/2005 6:14 PM

johnny123 - 3/12/2005 5:30 PM

Are you serious?
220,000 miles…

that’s not much for an MB diesel but it takes its toll on the chassis – what if any front suspension work have you had, 220 k is its max. Engine and tranny mounts, subframe bushings, flex discs, drive shaft bearing, rear axle assembly, all become suspect at those miles. Parts and labor for that can be pricey. Add to that some dents and dings and a strange acting transmission – did it receive proper service all its life? – more than likely other cosmetic bits you did not mention…

yes, $3000 sounds right.
A 300SDL for $3k? Dude, I'll buy it for that price. Of course, after checking it out properly.. Most of the time I see them for $5k+ easy..
 

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jay123 - 3/19/2005 4:25 PM

Most of the time I see them for $5k+ easy..
Perhaps with half the miles of the one in the original post – but again: 220,000 miles and 18 years exact a serious toll on the chassis. $3000.
 

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jdc.. I admire your posts, but when it comes to determining real-world selling prices, you seem to low-ball. A 220k 300SDL in that condition would sell for around $4500-5000 depending in what region in the country you're in. It all of its problems where fixed, it could sell for about $1000 more.
 

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hey , how about a 83sd 173,000 miles really clean 91 style wheels new shocks- nice green color no dents or dings
 

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What about a 300sdl with 255k, runs perfect, Ac work great !

Extremely clean interior, but the paint has some fades in the hood and trunk but it looks great cleaned up.

It has euro head lights and wood shifter with matching wood around the window switches.
 
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