Used Car of the Day: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD ad copy is sparse, so we don't know much about this car, but we do know that diesel Mercedes from the '80s are cool.

Here's what we do know, or at least what the seller claims -- the car has 151,000 miles, is a rust-free California car, and that it runs and drives.

Beyond that, you'll have to contact the seller. Only if we don't first.

Click here to check it out -- or at least to check out the pics.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 2ACL 2ACL on Sep 12, 2023

    Cheap Benzes are never cheap. But unlike some of the past UCOTD Mercedes, this is an investment-grade model because it stands for things that still resonate with people. Yes, it has a wheezy engine, but even the big gas six isn't that quick by modern standards. And this iteration of the E wasn't trying to masquerade as a sports car anyway.

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    • Glennbk Glennbk on Sep 16, 2023

      This is the kind of car you have to love for its basic mission. Get you from point A to B, decent fuel economy and designed to be driven like a taxi. Fix the woodwork, the radio and any reasonable maintenance then enjoy the car to 1,000,000 miles.

  • Pianoboy57 Pianoboy57 on Sep 12, 2023

    I've always thought the MB diesel wagon was the best car ever. If i were going to choose a hobby car, this would be it

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