1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300SD 3.0L 5 cylinder diesel from North America
I love my Mercedes-Benz 300SD - Quality and style 100%
Bought this car for only $850. As soon as I purchased it, I replaced the fuel filters, air filter, and braided fuel hose. It ran much smoother after this.
Replaced the vacuum pump system for the locks.
Much work to get all power windows working.
Replaced headlights, so they would shine brightly again.
Violent shaking at 50 mph caused me to spend over $800 replacing front end parts. The cause happened to be that the tires needed balanced. At least the parts I replaced needed it, so it was worth it for me.
Odometer fixed at 235,867. It was hung up when I purchased it. Not sure how many miles are on it. I have service records from 1984 to 1993... the last recording shows the car had 205,000 miles. It could have just a few thousand over what it reads now - 244,750, or could be way on up in the 350,000 to 400,000 range.
Replaced the battery and alternator.
I bought this car off of Craigslist as a project car, because I had always like the older Mercedes, and just decided to get it. I have had to replace some things, but hey, that is part of the project.
The only time the car has failed to start in a year and a half was when the alternator and battery went bad. It is rock solid, looks great, and is comfortable and reliable. I have taken it on two 500 mile round trips, and it did great while getting an impressive 30 MPG on the highway.
I plan on painting it eventually, because the clearcoat is going.
Some of my friends think I am crazy, but every time I get inside, hear the diesel purr to life, let the sunroof back, and see that shiny hood ornament, I am reminded that I am driving a REAL car. I am convinced it will be on the road long after many brand new products out today.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th November, 2012