Still Economical – 1981 Mercedes-Benz 300D Diesel Sedan

Despite being over 30 years old, these 300-Series diesels get such good mileage for their size that they are still in demand as daily drivers. The result is that most that come up for sale have hundreds of thousands of miles on them (and still have lots of life in them). Not the case here as this example has less than 80,000 miles which would be considered very low mileage on this model.

1981 Mercedes Benz 300d for sale


The original solid blue paint is not a colour you would expect to see on a modern car, but it suits this car well. Don’t lose any of those colour keyed hubcaps though as finding a matching replacement is tough with so many colours offered by Mercedes. Repainting never turns out as well as the original unless you have one of the large dealer paint masks that occasionally come up for sale on eBay.

 Original paint 1981 Mercedes Benz diesel for sale
The five-cylinder diesel is naturally aspirated as the turbo was still optional this year. With only 83 horsepower do not expect to win any drag races (but think of the mileage you are getting!) The engine compartment looks immaculate.

1981 300D diesel engine picture
The tan interior is an unexpected combo with the blue paint. The MB-Tex vinyl is extremely durable and should be perfect for the stated mileage. Examples in this kind of condition can defy any price guides that may acknowledge them. It will be interesting to see if someone steps up at the $10,500 buy it now price. Find it here on eBay in Houston Texas.

1981 Mercedes Benz interior 300D

One thought on “Still Economical – 1981 Mercedes-Benz 300D Diesel Sedan

  1. Hello if it’s not to much trouble I’d like to see some pictures of the vacuum system, under the hood. The 3/2 valves and vacuume control valve vacuum hoses. Im trying to find accurate information concerning vacuum hose routing for the transmission. Some pictures of the vacuum lines on the valve cover and the ones on the right side of the engine bay going to the Vacuum control valve. If you could help me I’d appreciate it very much. Thanks.. Nathaniel

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