Mercedes Benz 300SD 1985 Black

Price: - Item location: Lancaster, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: 300-Series
  • SubModel: 300 SD
  • Type: Sedan
  • Year: 1985
  • Mileage: 212,367
  • VIN: WDBCB20C9FA189553
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: Diesel
  • Number of cylinders: 5
  • Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Windows, Power Seats
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Options: CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series

I am the third owner of this car, and have owned it for ten years. It has been a really dependable vehicle hence the nickname “Old Reliable.” However, it was time to either start addressing all the small issues or replace, and I chose the latter

It needs TLC at this point in time. Here are issues, which are minor for the most part:

Driver door lock does not work with key.

Driver side passenger door does not open.

Coolant leaks from weep hole meaning water pump needs replacing.

The CV joints should soon be replaced, though all are intact.

The Anti-Lock Brake light goes on and off intermittently.

There are probably a few I’m forgetting but that’s basically it.

This car is a LOCAL PICKUP ONLY vehicle. It IS registered, so there will no problem with the transfer of title. It is not insured at this time, so cannot be driven on the road legally. If you wish to see the car and hear it run, notify me through the “ask seller a question” app, and I will be glad to communicate with you.

The air conditioning works quite well as I had it checked out a couple of years ago, but sometimes the vents allow most of the air to go through the defrost vents rather than the cooling vents.

I just answered the following questions:

How's the power how's acceleration?

POWER: When I first bought the car, it had the wrong exhaust system, so I replaced that, because the car had very poor acceleration. When I picked up the exhaust system, I was commenting on the low acceleration, and the clerk told me to check a specific vacuum line. I checked it, and though it looked connected, it was actually broken, so I replaced it and "voila" -- the power was vastly improved. However, as you probably know, Diesels do not have the get up and go of a gasoline engine.

How well does the AC actually work as a blow cold air and is there much pull on the engine with the AC on?

AC: The AC works fairly well. This is my second 300 SD. The first one seemed hit and miss, then my mechanic told me that all I had to do was click the key back a subtle notch and it would come on. The whole climate control system was controlled by this, so the heater wasn't coming on in the Winter and the AC in the Summer . The AC doesn't seem to drag much on the engine, barely noticeable.

What's the condition of the tires?

TIRES: The tires are not expensive tires, but they still have plenty of tread left. My wife drove the car an average of three miles a day to work, so the BF Goodrich $800 tires were cracking on the sidewalls when there was still plenty of tread and low mileage. So the tires on the car are just a low-end tire, but they still have plenty of tread left.

The condition the windows?

WINDOWS: I’m glad you asked that question as I had neglected to mention the left rear window has come out of it’s track and needs to be left closed. Less than a week after getting the car, my daughter’s friend slammed the door and Mercedes windows are notorious for this problem. The front driver console control for the front window doesn’t work, so, I wired it to the rear control, thus preventing the rear window from being opened accidentally. Also, the driver’s seat control doesn’t work correctly. The part that controls the angle of the back malfunctions. The headrest and forward and back control works fine.

What type of oil to use how often do you change the oil and what's the consumption between oil changes?

OIL: I use Rotella T 15-40, although my wife had the oil changed a couple of times and used regular oil. I did most of the oil changes myself. The manual says to change the oil about every 5,000, but since I live in the Desert with lots of dust, I usually caught it between 3,500 and 4,000 to be on the safe side, and changed the air filter more often also. The consumption was low, as I recall. About 1/2 to 3/4 of a quart. I'd top it up every few months. Like I said, in ten years, we drove the car from 185k to 212k miles. That equates to 27k miles -- or about 2700 miles a year.

The condition of the sunroof?

SUN ROOF: I never use it, but a friend asked me if it worked about a month ago and I opened and closed it for him. It has never leaked.