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Mercedes 240D #5419348 05/02/20 06:32 PM
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Just bought it this week. 1981 240D, with a manual! Only 78k miles.

I'm a college student and I work part time as small engine mechanic, so I don't have a lot to spend on cars, but I think this will be a keeper! I've been looking for a manual diesel Benz for a while.

Comments welcome! Here are some various cellphone pics I took when I bought it. There is a little rust on the trunk, but I can't find any on the rest of the car and it's supposedly lived in TX its entire life. The interior is beautiful.

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Congrats on a nice find!

That is a pretty rare stick model even when they were new.

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If I were you, my first order of business would be to address that rust ASAP!
Also, isn't 78k miles kinda low to have that much rust? Was the odometer messed with?


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Very NICE find! Those are a 180 in terms of reliability vs a modern Mercedes. It basically has the reliability and million mile plus capability like a semi.


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Re: Mercedes 240D [Re: Lolvoguy] #5419380 05/02/20 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
If I were you, my first order of business would be to address that rust ASAP!
Also, isn't 78k miles kinda low to have that much rust? Was the odometer messed with?


Remember this car is now nearly 40 years old! Some parts of TX do have winter weather and they do salt there.

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Re: Mercedes 240D [Re: CharlotteB] #5419385 05/02/20 07:31 PM
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Nice car, I'd love to have one.


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One of my favorite cars. I inherited my father’s 1981 240D when he died in 1991. A manual. With power windows.

Rust killed it, 8 years later, with only 235,000 miles on it. Huge parts of the floors and structure under the rear seat were simply gone.

Your car will run forever, if you can keep the rust under control. Have it checked carefully. Check for leaking seals around the front windshield and rear window.

Congratulations, Charlotte.


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Congrats on the classic!!!! wink


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Nice car! I would look for another trunk lid for it, looks like that's the only bad part. Very reliable, but not very fast-might outrun a loaded dump or concrete truck, but not much else.


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Charlotte congratulations. Join Peachparts Diesel forum, lots of experienced help there.


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Originally Posted by AC1DD
Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
If I were you, my first order of business would be to address that rust ASAP!
Also, isn't 78k miles kinda low to have that much rust? Was the odometer messed with?


Remember this car is now nearly 40 years old! Some parts of TX do have winter weather and they do salt there.

Very little salt if ever used in North TX. My 2006 CDI still looks good with metal parts still look like factory fresh.


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Very cool car for your school years.

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Is some surface rust really that concerning? I see a lot of old trucks in my area with terrible paint and none of them seem to be rusting. Thankfully there's no rust anywhere else; I climbed all over the rest of the car and knocked at the underside with a hammer, and it was all solid. Would it be possible for a shop to use matching touch up paint and fix that spot? I'd like to have it looking nice whether the rust gets worse or not.

It is pretty slow. Built in ticket prevention! I've had faster cars before, and they were all cop magnets. But it holds 70 on the highway just fine. Also, just today I was checking out the throttle linkage and discovered so much slop that the lever from the injection pump isn't even opening all the way! There's a little rubber isolator in there that is rotten and stretched, and when I replace that I bet it will be even faster grin. After that I need to find a service manual somewhere so I can fix the cruise control.

I will definitely be taking it to school with me. I will be like one of the rich kids, driving a Benz.


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Also is changing the oil with Rotella T4 15W40 a good idea? The previous owner said he used full synthetic 5W30 and that sounds waaay too thin to me.


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congrats! great car.


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