Hello all. I recently purchased a 1987 300TD (~230K). It is my first
MB. I have always loved these cars, and kind of stumbled onto this one
and it seemed to be a good deal. From what I have read in this group,
this vintage is a good one to have.
It has several issues, which kind of scare me a little, not having much
money to put into the car nor being a mechanic. I would like to get
some advice on whether I should keep this particular car, given what I
mentioned about the $, etc. Ultimately, I want to own one, but now may
not be the best time.
-It will eventually need a head gasket repair, but that is under
control temporarily (via Bar's Stop Leak, at the recomendation of a MB
-There are miscellaneous non-critical concerns, e.g., the speedo and
tach do not work, bad speakers, sunroof issues, etc.
-The self-levelling suspension system leaks; I added an entire
container of fluid, only to have it leak right out onto my driveway.
-The front end creaks horribly during any kind of weight transfer (and
steering at low speeds) - Any idea what this might be?? I read about
different possibilities in this group, like struts, rubber "pieces",
-It needs a new AC compressor.
These are the main concerns. I would not be writing if I had money to
put right into it. I thought about keeping it and making it kind of a
"project" car, making repairs as I had the money and time, but do not
know if it is worth it, particularly given that I would like it to be
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The car really is amazing and
I love driving it.