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crotter
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300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#1 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:08 pm

Hello, I am a new member and am interested in picking up a 1988 300GD I took a look at and test drove today.

The truck is in excellent mechanical condition, however has about a dozen or so rust spots and bubbles around the body. Should I walk away from this one or is the rust easily dealt with on these trucks?

It is a 1988 300GD originally imported from Spain. It was originally red in color and the previous owner had it repainted about 10 years ago. Didnt notice any major rust problems underneath the truck as it was undercoated with some heavy black epoxy looking material at some point.

Am I being overly critical of the rust bubbles, or should I be more concerned about expensive repair and more rust spreading quickly on this G? Most of the problem areas are around the windows, and edges of the body panels.

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Thank you!

-Christian

goat
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#2 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:36 pm

I'd suggest passing on this one.
Rust is expensive and per Neil Young, "it never sleeps".
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vadimivanovich
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#3 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:09 pm

The rust is much worse than it looks. It was insufficiently repaired and now only a tiny amount of what was there is bubbling to the surface. Spain usually has much nicer G's available.
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dcurbet
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#4 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:15 pm

I would consider the price before passing. Doesn’t look terrible to me. What other lwb 460 can you find at this price? Consider that.
The seams look untouched so at least you know it hasn’t been stuffed with filler multiple times. Maybe this is to be the first time rust will be addressed. Maybe not. It’s obvious you have the take the windshield out and address the area. That’s expected even on much younger Gs. How is the chassis? Any interior pics? Floorpan condition? Any more rust? What other bubbles are there and where?

dcurbet
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#5 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:23 pm

Is this in N California?

What is the STT turbo on the back ? Is this still the original engine? Also what is the hole in the front of the hood? Is that the air intake?

crotter
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#6 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:09 pm

Yes the truck is in Northern California. It has an STT turbo conversion, supposedly done when new. It is listed at 32.5k.

Here is a link to the craigslist ad with more photos:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/d/emeryville-1988-mercedes-300gd-manual/6941759138.html

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Winston
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#7 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:14 pm

I think you can do better at that price. Be patient.

Also, if the seller is saying it’s a post-production undercarriage spray, I would be really cautious about it.

There’s a really nice 280GE on BAT right now. If I wasn’t overflowing with vehicles I’d be all over that one.
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Fernando BR
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#8 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:43 pm

dcurbet wrote:Is this in N California?

What is the STT turbo on the back ? Is this still the original engine? Also what is the hole in the front of the hood? Is that the air intake?


STT is a turbo system made by STT to be adapted to 617 N/A engines.It works well on cold climates
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vadimivanovich
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#9 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:13 pm

No way at that price!
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Daewoo
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Re: 300GD for consideration... some rust

Post#10 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:25 pm

goat wrote:I'd suggest passing on this one.
Rust is expensive and per Neil Young, "it never sleeps".


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