I've just purchased a beautiful 300 SDL that was well cared for by a
friend of mine who was the original owner. The front seats have had
sheepskins on them since the day she took delivery so the interior is
unbelievable for a car its age... no cracks in the dash or trim, etc.
The engine has 129K and has been serviced every 5K. No leaks to be
found, lots of new parts over the past few years including a rebuilt
tranny that is tight but smooth. The only concern I have is that while
going through the service records, I found that 3K ago, her mechanic
noted that turbo boost was low and that it should be "replaced at a
The car seems to have adequate power but not like a V8 as some people
have compared the engine to. I was told by a Mercedes mechanic that MB
warrants the turbo for the life of the car and will replace it at no
cost if it was damaged by a faulty soot collector. He recommended
bringing it into their service dept to check it out.
My first question: Does anyone know a way for me to determine this
without taking the car to the dealer?
Second question: Although I love everything about this car, I'm
thinking that it isn't the right car for me since my business requires
hauling boxes of equipment and a handtruck! I originally fell in love
with the idea of 30mpg for all of the driving I do, but I've come to
the conclusion that the car is too nice to ruin by my using it
inappropriately. I would rather see it go to someone who would give it
the respect it deserves! So where is the best place on the web to
advertise it so it is seen by that person?
Thanks for reading, and sorry for the length of the post!