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Mercedes-Benz 450-Class, Coupe
Jul 13, 2002 (7:11 am)
Yeah, it's kinda sad. I doubt if I could get $2,000 for my Benz on Ebay even though it is pristine and drives regularly cross country.
This is why the big new Jaguar 4-door sedans and BMWs will take a beating on resale over time. Not that many people want to pay top dollar for a complex luxury sedan well out of warranty, and I can't say as I blame them.
#21 of 29 shiftright...
Jul 14, 2002 (12:22 pm)
...you have a 300D non-turbo, right? My brother's ex-girlfriend recently acquired (from her uncle) an '83 240D (kind of a cornflower blue-was this called Lapis? with blue interior, sunroof and alloys, manual windows). Very nice looking car in unbelievable condition, and fortunately it has a 4-speed. She says it's fine on the highway, and in any case, it's an improvement over her old car in many ways (she had a Ford Festiva!!). I don't imagine a 240D or 300D is too expensive to maintain, no? I know some of the gas engined cars of that era (280E, 450SEL, etc.) are pretty nightmarish, but I've heard mostly good things about diesel Mercedes of yore.
Jul 14, 2002 (1:41 pm)
I didn't know you could get manual crank windows in a low-end Mercedes up until 1983. Every 190E I've seen (yes, even the '84s) has power windows.
Jul 14, 2002 (4:40 pm)
A 240D or 300D isn't expensive to maintain, but you have to be willing to spend some money on basic preventive maintenance.
You should definitely take her aside and emphasis some things that she MUST do:
1. Change the oil frequently, every 3000 miles.
2. Change the fuel filters (there are two) regularly
3. Use diesel fuel treatment with every fill up. Don't skip on this.
4. Have the valve adjustment clearance checked every 15,000 miles
5. Never run out of gas. A re-start will require bleeding the injector lines and huge amounts of debris might be sucked into the fuel system.
6. Replace the glow plugs every couple of years
7. Do not run the engine at very high or very low revs for long periods of time. Drive in the 2,500-4,000 rpm range, that's the diesels torque curve.
If she has no idea if any of this stuff was done, bite the bullet and have it all done now (except the glow plugs if the car starts right up. If it huffs and puffs and starts hard, it's probably glow plug time).
#24 of 29 If I had a 264...
Jul 15, 2002 (8:00 am)
....I would put a Mustang 5.0 in it.
Jul 15, 2002 (8:27 am)
So that's how bad the infamous 264 was, eh?
#26 of 29 glowplugs
Jul 15, 2002 (12:53 pm)
I do know that she just got new glow plugs, right after she got the car. I will e-mail her this list, Shiftright, and thank you for the advice from both of us.
#27 of 29 jrosasmc
Jul 16, 2002 (3:44 am)
The engine was terrible.
Jul 16, 2002 (6:56 am)
It was a Peugeot V-6 wasn't it?
#29 of 29 See answer in the 70's -80's Volvo thread...
Jul 16, 2002 (8:45 am)