1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300 SD 3.0 turbo diesel
One hell of a car, with great looks
-Air cleaner housing bracket broke, making the box rattle bad - changed $15
-Odometer didn't work when I bought it.
-Engine shock absorbers were gone when I got it.
-Sunroof didn't work
-Needed New glow plugs
-Glow plug relay went out about 6 months after I bought it. Simple fix, low cost $70 + labor
- #1 Injector leaked, needed new hoses and some adjustments $250 + labor.
- Tranny leak, just keep on adding Lucas.
A really awesome car!! The above problems, weren't really big deal. The Air cleaner bracket just needed to be replaced, relatively simple to do, if you can get your hands in there.
The glow plug relay blew, which made the car to turn over, but not start. I had it fixed as I couldn't find the problem myself. That plus the injector lines, all fixed, relatively inexpensive.
I haven't had any problems since, and the car ran perfect, looked perfect and a joy to drive.
I upgraded it a little here and there, and it was by far, My Baby! I loved it, cherished it, and finally let it go, as I wanted something else.
It's really a great car, which needs little to no exceptional maintenance. Change the oil and regular specified maintenance, and those lovely 300SD's run for 600k miles easy.
I would buy one again in the near future, as it is I might say, one of the best cars for that age on the road, that still hasn't aged that much, and looks fantastic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th January, 2005
I bought my 1984 300SD in 1992 with 157,000 miles on it. After a few months of flawless operation, I contacted the original owner and asked why he'd sold such a fine car. He answered that he'd become "afraid of the high mileage." Ha! It now has well over 300,000 (practically carefree) miles on it... with no major problems at all... This big car gets a shade over 31 mpg on the highway and between 24 to 26 mpg in town (I'm an ex-semi driver and retired commercial pilot.)
Aside from my son's nagging me to buy a new car,I love this car and intend to keep it until I "kick the bucket." I'm 78. Go Diesel!