1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300 SD turbo diesel
A Lux ride at a dime store price
The only complaint I have is that the car shakes a little at idle after it is warmed up. I believe that after changing the primary and secondary fuel filters this will be remedied.
Complaints aside, the only other quirks with this car (as with 99% of all the other S classes of this period) are:
The seats no longer have support due to the horse hair padding drying up.
Many of the suspension bushings have dry rotted and need immediate replacement.
The cruise control amplifier no longer functions.
For the money these cars can't be beat. However, if you are in the market for one do be cautious of its service record. A poorly kept vehicle may at first seem like a great bargain, but will cost you dearly in the long run.
I was very fortunate to find my car being sold by a private owner for $2200. Aside from having nearly a half million miles on the odometer, it was in good working order with only minor faults that were described above. I was also surprised to see that I was the 3rd owner of the car and that it had full service records through 2000.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2002
1st Apr 2004, 18:10
The shaking at idle on my car was remedied by installing a bolt that installs at the back of the injector pump. There is a spring that apparently keeps pressure on a part in the pump. The bolt should be tightened slowly, until the shaking stops. The cost of about $30.00 solved the problem. Good luck.
31st Jul 2004, 16:50
Motor mounds may be the problem.
31st Mar 2008, 19:57
Hi normally this problem is due to the pump used in the 5 cyl turbo diesel and is the regulator of the fuel pump. This is not a very expensive repair (at least in my Country).