Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Seller Submission: 1983 Mercedes 300D

The W123 generation Mercedes-Benz (1976-1985) was the successor to the classic W114/W115 E-Class which can trace its executive class lineage all the way back to the 1935 W136 generation in a little 4-cylinder powered car called the Mercedes-Benz 170V.  Somehow the W123 managed to pay homage to its predecessor while simultaneously being better in just about every conceivable way.  Find this 1983 Mercedes 300D offered for $6,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.  Submission from Type44.

Craigslist is filled with W123s that have a half a million miles and countless issues, but this one has only 191k on the chassis and 90k on a factory new engine installed in 1992.  This puts it as one of the lower mile W123s you'll find for this price range.

This W123 is powered by the most desirable of W123 powerplants, the venerable OM617a, a 3.0 liter inline 5 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.  The OM617a puts out 123 horsepower and 181 ft-lbs of torque while returning more than 30 mpg.  While the sporting enthusiast inside wants the 4-speed manual, this Henna MB Tex example uses the auto, which will be fine for 99% of the time.

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  1. Surprised there are no comments on this one yet with all the W123 fans here. I'll say that this is a strong but not unreasonable price for this car. The seller does a good job of backing up his/her price with a description of condition and records. It's not perfect, but it's also not molested. With careful use and proper maintenance, you probably can't lose money on buying this one, especially if you plan to keep it for a while.

    Nice color combo even though I don't dig silver much. I do wish the seller posted more than 2 photos of the exterior. Nothing sells a car better than (good) photos. When will people wake up and realize that? CL allows for something like 2 dozen photos now. Digital photos don't cost anything, people!

  2. Thanks for the kind words. I'm old school- I don't sell cars without a face to face meeting and money in hand (I'm willing to work with bank transfers while sitting AT THE BANK for the cash shy) but generally, more pics is more headache- you're not buying it without showing up so why do I need to exhaustively photo document it? If I were in the middle of Montana I'd get the need for more evidence, but when you're in the middle of a city of 3 million people and 5 mins from the airport... The serious buyer will find time to show up. The flakes wil shake 300 pics out of me and still not buy the car. BTDT with my 450SL. Two months of correspondence, no sale, sold it to a guy at a stoplight the next day who asked if I wanted to sell it. No joke.

    1. I hear ya. But it would be best to at least show both sides of the car. There may be something not shown in the photos that would keep someone from contacting you, showing up, and wasting your time (and theirs).

      I tend to lean towards local buyers as well, but I've had good luck with out-of-state buyers too because I provided a lot of detailed photos. For special vehicles, some people are willing to buy without seeing it in person.

      For example, with your car... I live in the area your car originally came from. If I was in the market for a W123 now (which I'm always looking at but not ready to buy right now), I'd strongly consider your car if I couldn't find a good example close to me. With the condition, records, and story, I'd fly to Phoenix and drive it home. But I wouldn't book a flight without seeing more of the car.

      As a potential buyer, it speaks to me when the seller takes pride in how the car is presented. You seem to be the exception, but when I see few photos, or bad photos, I think the seller can't be bothered. Hope you get a buyer and the price you're looking for. Best of luck.


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