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New to MB and am looking for advice on wheter or not I should purchase this car. Can probably be gotten for 1 to 1.5K.
Some history on car:
239K miles, new brakes (calipers, pads, rotors), new tranny at 210K. Timing belt at 150K. Limited maintenance records available.
Current owner has had it 9 years, bought it for his daughter to get to and from college. Not certain on how well she kept up with maintenance.
I went to look at it last night, and here is what I noticed:
Looks like all electrics work, seats, windows, sunroof, etc. Antenna not operational.
Oil was black, water was clear of oil.
Clear exhaust. No smoke.
Suspension seems fine, rode real well.
Temp did not go over 85.
Dash not cracked.
All gauges work.
I have the name and number for their mechanic. This might be good or bad, will know more after talking to him.
Full first aid kit.
Brakes feel good.
Normal Things: (I think)
Body fair, rust at all jack points, small areas of rust around wheel wells (1/2 to 1 inche square on all 4). Small spot on trunk.
Interior dirty, carper worse. Lower console wood panel cracked. Passenger rear door arm rest needs reattached.
Play in steering.
Grill rock dings.
Hood does not latch down.
AC has been changed to 134, but has a leak. Not operational.
No owners manual.
Paint fair. Probably has not seen wax in 5 years or so.
Things that make me worry:
Not sure on head, will see if I can find out if it is a newer one or not.
This might be subjective, never had a MD, let alone a oilburner, but it felt like the parking brake was on when trying to go foward from a stop. Put in Drive, and could remove foot from brake, would not move. Had to gas it to get it to go. Not the same in Reverse, which felt normal. This only happens getting the car rolling, once it is rolling, seems to accelerate good.
Oil Leak. Unable to tell exactly where, but was on the driver side of motor, below the device where all the injector lines connect (is this the IP?).
Brake release does not return pedal.
Not sure if daughter kept up with maintenance, or just did what needed to be done to keep it on road.
Unsteady idle, would be at 500, then go to 800, and back down. This was after about 5 miles of driving.
I was wanting a reliable daily driver. I would probably have an additional 2-3K to put into the car to get it that way, and was curious if this would be a good choice.
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