Mercedes 300TD Turbo Diesel Wagon, 145k miles

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Mercedes 300TD Turbo Diesel Wagon, 145k miles

Postby bkgrease » Fri May 27, 2016 11:30 am

Mercedes 300TD Diesel Turbo Wagon. 145,183 miles. Never ran on grease, ready for conversion. Very rare 3.0L I6 Turbo Diesel Automatic 4-Speed. Six-cylinder turbo diesel on a W124 body. Which means it's fast as hell. I'm the second owner. The thing is built like a tank, never had a problem. Regular maintenance from the best Mercedes master mechanic in NYC. Very clean, brand new tires, new front and back shocks, power windows, power seats, wood trim, sunroof works great, Class III towing package, Driver's Side Airbag, Automatic Climate Control, leather seats, ABS 4-Wheel brakes, Self Leveling Suspension is super smooth, AM/FM Radio, Front Fog Lights, Thule Roof Rack with two bicycle racks, new spare tire. This diesel will never quit.

CL Listing and pics here:

Contact: porterfox at gmail dot com

The car was stored indoors by a collector for 25 years. I am the second owner. It runs and drives like an everlasting Mercedes diesel is supposed to. The seats are in excellent condition. Never had A/C, could easily fix. Heat works great. Rear seats fold down for lots of cargo room. This car will last 15 more years. The only reason I am (regretfully) selling it is because we moved and I need more clearance to get in the (rough) driveway.

$5400 FIRM. Only serious inquiries, please.

From the collector:

With absolute conviction, I can say, the 1987 Mercedes 300TD is one of the very best automobiles ever made. It is a 6 cylinder turbo charged diesel and it was only available in 1987. The W124 body cars (the 80s E-classes, gasoline) were the last true Mercedes that felt like they were machined from a single block of steel. Sure, the prior 4 and 5 cylinder, non-turbo charged diesels were slow as hell, but that's why the 1987 Mercedes 300TD is so great. Only 1987 saw the full 6 cylinder diesel performance. The acceleration is not bristling, but the speed is absolute. At high speed, the Mercedes W124's hunkers down and holds the road like no other car. The driver feels absolutely connected, aware and uncommonly safe. It is a car for individuals that enjoy driving and don't want to be divorced from the action.

The W124 represent an absolute end of a marquee. Mercedes Benz has sold its soul as they tried to be more like BMW and Lexus. They lost the uniquely Mercedes feel of absolute integrity as they tried to build a light and nimble car like the BMW. The new Daimler Chrysler's are not Mercedes' and they failed to be as good at being a BMW as BMWs already are.

The 300TD is not a Bugatti or a Porsche GT, it is a car for practical people that want to be treated tenderly. It is a transition car - a thoroughly modern driver that still has a soul. I will buy as many 1987 300TDs as I can find and keep them in mothballs in the desert so I will never have be without.
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