Fish Bowl Photo School: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon

This next car comes as a tip from Jim H who calls it an “honest ad” with “Hallmark card pricing.” Hallmark greeting cards might be expensive for greeting cards, but they are assuredly cheaper than the average Mercedes-Benz wagon, let’s take a closer look. Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon offered for $1499 in Pittsfield, MA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1993 mercedes Benz 300 TE
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
delivery available
drive: 4wd
fuel: gas
odometer: 150000
paint color: custom
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: wagon
1993 Mercedes 300TE 4matic Station Wagon. Automatic; 2.0 liter 6 cyl gas. Gold with tan leather interior. Loaded power windows, doors, and sunroof (works well; no leaks). Factory roof rack. 150 k original miles; I’ve driven 20,000 myself in 3 years of ownership, but the car has also averaged just 7,000 miles/year for the life of the car. Reliable, responsive, powerful car. Perfect condition leather seats with zero cuts or wear on any seats: front seats, rear wagon fold-down seats, rear headrests, even the leather 3rd seat in the wagon floor is in excellent condition. New spare and all OEM tools (jack, lug wrench, etc). Factory A/C. Starts, runs, shifts, handles, and drives perfectly. 3 years owner. 20 mpg. Car body has a small dent in left wagon (previous owner) and left front corner near turn signal lenses from a pickup truck hitting the front corner (see photos), but lenses and lights are uncracked and work perfectly. The best value of this wagon is its virtually unrusted body, where very little corrosion exists (see photos) and no rust-through.

Most recent repairs: replaced ABS brake pads (extra pads included), electrical wires, distributor rotor and cap, fuel distributor, air filter, and brand new pair of OEM size Goodyear all seasons radial tires; remaining pair is also in good condition. It has some typical 25 year old Mercedes issues: (1) rear hydraulic struts work well but need a longtime seeping section of hydraulic hose line replaced; (2) Front camshaft seal (also included) has been seeping for several years before we bought the car in 2018; continues to seep for 3 years of ownership without consequence; (3) ‘4Matic’ light frequently turns on indicating intermittent 4 WD status commonly caused by a transmission sensor. Still runs and drives great whether in RWD and has no issues when 4WD is engaged either; (5) Tierod boots that need additional securement installed 300 miles ago.

I would like to sell now, so no reasonable offer will be refused. I am a legitimate seller who is located in Albany NY- Pittsfield MA area; serious inquiries only, but I am willing to meet to test drive and deliver the Benz AFTER purchase and delivery of the ownership documents to you (we have a valid VT transferable registration with multiple prior owners’ transfer documents also showing the chain of titled ownership; we purchased 3 years ago from a car dealer in Burlington, VT), to anywhere in New England or NY — if you drop me off where I need to return to in Western Mass after delivery to you. I love this car, have driven a few times cross-county with it and really hate to sell it. It is literally the most reliable and comfortable vehicle I have ever driven of the many cars I have owned and few million miles I have driven. But I have to clear out the driveway of my other cars including this one.

Without its few repair needs, I’d have asked a few thousand dollars due to the virtually completely uncorroded non-rusted EXCEPTIONAL car body condition. Book value is double asking price. We paid $4,500 for the car in early 2018 nearly 3 years ago. However with these few common repairs needed, the price is lower to accommodate for these.

$1,499 or best reasonable offer. Must sell soon; no reasonable offer refused. Available to show the car just about anytime. Text or call show contact info -Jay

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