Manually W123: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 240D

You and I know that the Mercedes-Benz W123 is a classic that deserves the love and adoration of the automotive buyer, but the automotive buyer doesn’t know that. How else can you explain the ridiculous pricing of things like Ford Broncos and Deloreans, when the W123 is a far superior automobile to either of those cars – no offense intended, because Broncos and 912s are sweet…but the fact that you can get an entire W123 for price of a front fender for one of those other cars is befuddling to a rube like me. Find this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $5000 in Richardson, TX via craigslist.

From the seller:

1981 mercedes-benz 240d
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: diesel
odometer: 230000
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan
Originally sold in Albuquerque (see pic of window stickers), this was a New Mexico car for its first 24 years and has been garage kept for most of the recent years (has been in the family for the last 5 years). Have a carfax on it.

The original Manila Beige paint is still in very very good condition, with no signs of rust. At some point, the trim on the passenger side front fender was bent just a little and the passenger side front door was replaced with a door from another car (the paint is very close, though). Palomino MB Tex interior is in very very good condition.

230k miles and no leaks. Recent valve adjustment and oil changes every 3k miles. New battery and a new clutch were just installed and the clutch master cylinder was recently replaced. Brakes were recently checked and found to be good.

Known issues:
Could use some new tires soon;
A/C does not work; and
Instrument panel lights don’t come on (a common problem with the dimmer switch, there are online how-tos to fix)

This is a really good condition, solid and fully drivable W123 240D that has been well maintained and has served as a near-daily driver for recent years. Everything important works and the car drives really well.

See a better way to drive something bandaid colored?