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Dear Members,

I have done research over the past few years looking into all diesel models. I am just looking for a reliable old diesel sedan that won't fall apart in the next few years if maintained well.

Currently, I have my eye on a '83 300D Turbo Diesel with nearly 300,000 miles on it. I had it inspected, and it just needs a new home. I am somewhat hesitant due to its mileage, however, I am finding most of these older diesels have high mileage but appear to run forever.

Should I try to talk my Dad into purchasing this car or just forget it and go for my brother's '98 Mustang? I am trying to convince my Dad the reliability and dependability of these old diesels, or was I totally misinformed? Any help on what to look out for in purchasing an old used MB Diesel would be greatly appreciated.

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Jason
 

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Have you driven a diesel? Are you sure you want to go this route? With that mileage I would only buy if you have service records, as with my 300 D. There are other issues with the miles regardless of how well the car was cared for – suspension and front end problems, ACC issues, leaking seals, overheating, and transmissions problems. A knowledgeable MB mechanic should check the car bumper to bumper. I would also have a compression test done.
 

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Both the 240D and 300D have great engines.
If this is your first MB, I would opt for around 150,000 to 225,000. Thos still have alot more life in them. Not only the engine, but the steering, seats, and vaccuum system.

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The 300D Turbo I am looking at is selling for $2800.00.

As for whether have I driven a diesel, yes. I remember when I was six years old, my aunt owned a 1977 240D. I remember how beautiful the car was and riding in it. Through the years, I have always wanted a Mercedes diesel. I want a safe and solid car without dealing with all the new computer "crap" that are put in the new cars being made today.

I realize the cars don't have alot of horsepower, and this is not a main concern. I will be using this car to commute to college a few times a week, that is about it.

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Jason
 

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I bought my 85 Coupe with 125k for $2,500. I personally think its too much also.
 

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soundwavefl - 2/16/2005 4:18 PM

The 300D Turbo I am looking at is selling for $2800.00.

Only with all books and complete service records with dealer stamps – otherwise keep looking.
 
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