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

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 1983 mercedes benz 300d

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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  • 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 7 days ago

      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

  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines.
  • Lorenzo I'll go with Stellantis. Last into the folly, first to bail out. Their European business won't fly with the German market being squeezed on electricity. Anybody can see the loss of Russian natural gas and closing their nuclear plants means high cost electricity. They're now buying electrons from French nuclear plants, as are the British after shutting down their coal industry. As for the American market, the American grid isn't in great shape either, but the US has shale oil and natural gas. Stellantis has profits from ICE Ram trucks and Jeeps, and they won't give that up.
  • Inside Looking Out Chinese will take over EV market and Tesla will become the richest and largest car company in the world. Forget about Japanese.