Manual Tortoise: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 240D

This next car is offered at a price that is typically reserved for wrecked or rusted cars…and it appears to be neither. The seller admits that the driver’s seat needs fixin, and the window handle (yes…this means it has manual windows – score!) is broken…but then admits that part of the reason the price is so low is because it won’t turn off when you turn the ignition/key off. You need to dump the clutch and hold your foot on the brake — and I know a thing-or-two about this problem because I had a W123 with the same vacuum related issue that causes the mechanical fuel shut-off valve to stop working. It won’t stop you from getting the car home and it could be as simple as replacing a few dried vacuum hoses…but with new tires/brakes/rotors/steering column/starter…this thing had its value in maintenance in recent times. Seems like a great first car for a kid or 17th car for CFlo. Find this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $2000 in Napa County, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1981 mercedes-benz 240d
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
fuel: diesel
odometer: 276826
paint color: yellow
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan

Hello Neighbors,
We are selling our classic 1981 diesel 240D Mercedes sedan. $2,000 or best offer. It is super cute and everything on it is original including hub caps. 280,826 miles. 4 door. Manual transmission. Automatic sun roof. Fun to drive and built safe. Cream color. Needs a new window handle on driver’s side. Back of driver side seat is ripped with stuffing coming out. Seat covers might do the trick. Interior is all original and is in good enough condition. New issue: turning the key to the off position does not turn it off now, you have to release the clutch and “kill it”. We can not put any more money into it so it is AS IS. Could be the perfect extra car for you. Check out,, and for comps. We will give title plus all receipts for work done and car history. Perfect extra car. $2,000 or best offer It has:
New tires
New brake pads
New rotors
New steering wheel column
New starter
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See a better way to drive something cheap?