Thanks, John. Nice looking TD.

Fuel is the other cost I'm factoring in. According to 
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/3565.shtml the 300td will get up 
to 25 mpg and for 15000 annual miles @ $3/gal cost you $2239 per year.

For a few thousand more, I can pick up a Jetta Wagon TDI  ($mid-teens) 
which according to 
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008car1tablef.jsp?id=19905 gets up to 42 
mpg and costs $1407 per year.

So paying $10k for a twenty plus year old car that only gets about half 
the fuel mileage of a five year old Jetta does not add up. Factor in 
rising fuel costs as well as the higher costs to maintain the Benz and 
the arithmetic is even less in favor of the Benz.

Unless, of course, I can find one like yours. :-)

Martin

John Robbins wrote:
> carbucks wrote:
>   
>> While I've been happy with my 85 and 83 300SDs, they don't suit our 
>> lifestyle with the dog. Been researching the 87 300td. Looking for some 
>> list wisdom on fair market value for one in good to excellent condition. 
>> Here's what I've discovered so far.
>>     
>
> There were less than 2000 of those cars imported, and the wagon style is 
> very sought after... so prices are all over the place.  One in *nice* 
> condition in Washington state will fetch 10k.  Most ones in good 
> condition seem to go for 5-7k (outside of WA).  Most people on this list 
> are known for being on the 'thrifty' side, and they probably wouldn't 
> buy one at those crazy eBay prices.
>
> FWIW, I bought one in fair condition on the AL coast for $3200.  I've 
> since bought >$2k worth of parts I'm slowly putting in.
>
> http://starquake.ath.cx/mercedes/300TD/images/
>
> John
>
>
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