I purchased a 1984 MB 300D a few weeks ago and so far love the car.
It is clean and drives nice. However, I have not had a mechanic look
at the vehicle yet and was wondering if anyone knew of an honest
mechanic in the Houston, TX area where I can have my car checked out.
Thanks in advance,
On the first tank I got about 26 mpg. It was about 50% highway and
50% city driving. On the tank that I am currently using it has been
about 90% highway miles so hopefully it will be closer to 30 mpg's.
Maybe I am just being optimistic. The car has 189,000 miles and I am
not sure when the last maintenance was done to it before I purchased
Two things as suggestions. You may have got lucky, but never buy an old
MB without someone checking it first.
Never accept 25 mpg as decent mileage from anything but a luxury
European car, and the 300D series has never been considered luxury.
I do however consider being able to start a 28 year old car without
thinking about it, after leaving it sitting for a month or two, a
considerable luxury :-)
You are right. I can only hope that I got a decent vehicle. I do
have lots of maintenance records from the previous owner and it had a
"major" or "30,000" mile service done at 142,000 miles and another at
174,000 miles with lots of oil changes, etc. in between. I am having
a "minor" or "15,000" mile service done next week. I guess I will
wait and see if I got a decent vehicle or a used up piece of metal....
I paid $3500 for the car. I had the oil and filter changed when I
bought it and noticed that the previous owner used Castrol GTX
Synthetic so I had the service shop use the same oil. Thanks for the
I only get 25-26 mpg combined, or highway driving. In order to get 30
mpg on the freeway I would have to drive slower than the 65-70 mph I
normally do. My milage did not improve after rebuilding the engine.
I filled up the vehicle last night and got the same mpg as
before.....26mpg. So I guess in my case, like yours, the car performs
about the same in city and highway driving. I guess that me assuming
I could get 30mpg was a little of a stretch.
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