1986 Mercedes 300 SDL

1986 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series SDL

Condition: Used
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 300-Series
SubModel: SDL
Type: Sedan
Year: 1986
Mileage: 340,301
VIN: WDBCB25D3GA275752
Color: Blue
Fuel: Diesel
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Blue
Safety: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Washougal, Washington, United States
Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Sunroof, Cassette Player, Leather Seats

Description for Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 1986

Former Scottsdale SDL Seeking New Home

This is without question the best car that I have ever owned. The original owner traded it in on a new Lexus in 1999. I snatched it off the used car lot before anyone else could look at it, ecoming 2nd owner. Christened "Sir Lancelot"it became part of the family -- providing transportation to work, chool, ids sports, tc.

A couple of recent changes have led to my decision to sell this beauty. First, y Mercedes technician is telling me that some parts are becoming more difficult to find. At nearly 30 years old, t has reached classic status and should retire from daily driver duty. Second, t needs a repair that the Mercedes service center will not warrant: a bolt that secures the top of the belt tension dampener has pulled out of the engine block because of stripped threads in the block. The repair can be made, ut long-mile durability will be doubtful. For a show car or occasional use, he repair should be adequate.

In short, t is time to retire this car as a daily driver and offer it to a collector for restoration.

You are looking at a 1986 Mercedes SDL with 340,301 on the odometer. (Note: It is still being driven some so the odometer reading will change before completion of this sale.)


  • Power steering
  • Power brakes
  • Power windows with illuminated switches
  • Power door locks
  • Fog lights
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors in both visors
  • Large sunroof with vent option
  • Large trunk
  • Tachometer
  • Temperature gauge
  • Thermostat-based climate control
  • Large front door storage pockets
  • Storage trays on either side of steering column and in center console.
  • Double-layer sheet metal in doors for greater protection in an accident
  • Programmable memory seat positions
  • Intuitive power seat controls (forward/backward, p/down, eat base tilt, eat back tilt, eadrest up/down)
  • Telescoping and tilt steering wheel
  • Center armrest that is right height to use while driving(!)
  • Outside temperature display
  • Headlight wiper/washers
  • Four speed automatic transmission
  • Six cylinder Mercedes turbo-diesel engine — same engine as used today in larger Sprinter vans
  • Aircraft styled reading lights for back passengers
  • Auto up/down radio antennae
  • AM/FM/Cassette OEM radio with high quality speakers
  • Cruise control
  • ABS brakes
  • Driver's side airbag
  • Day/night rear view mirror
  • Back window defroster
  • Power-adjustable side view mirrors
  • Third visor above rear view mirror
  • Interior with blue leather seats, ash, oor linings, oor posts, ome of headliner
  • Real wood dash, enter console, nd door insert features
  • Lengthened "limo" back door with incredible back seat leg room
  • Car cover (dust cover for interior storage)
  • Heavy duty OEM floor mats
  • Blue plush carpet
  • Custom AZ window tinting
  • Factory alloy wheels, ncluding full size spare
  • Seat back web storage for back seat passengers
  • Heat/cooling comes through perforations in leather doors in addition to through vents


  • Spare tire appears to have never touched the ground, nd is mounted on original alloy wheel.
  • Although EPA mileage rating is 24 mpg, have consistently seen 26 -28 mpg with even better mileage in hot weather — the best being an incredible 34.62 mpg!
  • Despite miles on odometer, o added oil has been needed between oil changes.
  • Long wheelbase provides incredibly smooth ride and extra leg room in back seat, et car handles better than expected for its size.
  • Despite three working cigar lighters, his car has never been smoked in.
  • This car has been garaged at night for most of its life. (and seen a lot of AZ sun and OR rain during the day)

Overall Condition:

An exceptional car that has served as a family vehicle for most of its life. Some wear and tear as can be expected with any car of this age and mileage — note imperfections below. Also note repair needed mentioned in second paragraph above.


  • Clear coat worn out in places — needs new paint.
  • Lenses for fog lights cracked, eed replacement.
  • Ding on front fender.(passenger side)
  • Headlights washer/wiper system not working — presumed disconnected.
  • Security system disconnected — was working at time of disconnection.
  • Radio antennae needs to be replaced.
  • Light for vanity mirror not working on passenger side visor.
  • Original emergency kit no longer in back dash emergency compartment.
  • Sunroof works only in vent position, oes not open.
  • Air conditioner needs Freon 12 charge, hich most likely means buying new compressor for newer Freon.
  • Cabin fan turns on/off intermittently — especially noticeable in defrost mode.
  • Can occasionally smell diesel fumes while idling for long duration at traffic light.
  • Someone tried [unsuccessfully] to pick the lock on the driver's door, amaging the slot cover and resulting in the lock needing replacement.
  • Front shocks should be replaced every 10 years regardless of mileage and are due. (last replaced during front end overhaul @ 164,680)
  • Upper ball joint boot is torn and needs replacement.
  • There is some play in the steering drag link.
  • Left brake strut mounts worn, eed replacement.
  • Small tear in leather on driver's doorpost where seat belt retracts.
  • Cruise control needs maintenance
  • Seat adjustment programmable memory needs maintenance
  • Seat adjustment controls for driver's seat missing intuitive headrest, ackrest but still function
  • Dashboard cracked by AZ heat
  • Small cracks in wood in dash, onsole
  • 300 SDL chrome plate currently not attached to trunk deck, ut included in sale
  • Probably more that I don't know...


VIN # WDBCB25D3GA275752

Maintenance records:

  • Oil and filter change, oughly every 3,000 miles, ½ quarts Mobil 1 synthetic, 5/50
  • Air filter, ain fuel filter, re fuel filter, ransmission fluid every 30,000 miles
  • New Timing Chain (by dealer) @ 150,498 miles
  • Replace Motor Mounts @ 155,731
  • Install Weather Strip — Sunroof @ 155,869
  • New A/C Compressor, ryer, xpansion Valve @ 158,775
  • Complete front end overhaul @ 164,680
  • — Move from AZ to OR --
  • Replace Alternator Assembly @ 168,602
  • Replace Front Parking Brake Cable — 170,714
  • Replace Switch Over Valve, est Turbo Boost Pressure @ 184,287
  • Replace Injector Lines #4, 5, 6 @ 184,347
  • Replace Right Rear Wheel Bearings, eals, ark Brake Shoes @ 191,244
  • Replace Rear Brake Discs, ads @ 191,672
  • Hit Beaver! New Radiator, an, ront Bumper, /C Recharge @ 192,360
  • Replace Thermostat @ 192,485
  • Replace V Belt @ 219,179
  • Replace Seat Frame, ad — Driver's Seat @ 233,488
  • Replace Front ABS Sensors @ 233,488
  • Replace Left Front Window Motor, indow Switch @ 233,488
  • Replace Upper Radiator Hose @ 240,722
  • Replace brake pads, ensors @ 244,560
  • Replace Belt Tension Assembly @ 248,871
  • Replace Exhaust Manifold Tube @ 268,807
  • Replace Fuel Tank Hose, uel Cap, uel Tank Neck Seal @ 284,268
  • Replace Axillary Fan Assembly @ 284,268
  • Replace Brake Master Cylinder @ 294,557
  • Replace Accelerator Pedal @ 295,147
  • Replace V Belt @ 300,360
  • Replace Front Brake Pads @ 325,180
  • New windshield matching OEM specification in April 2015
  • Replace Ignition Lock @ 327,051

Car is sold as-is, here-is. There are no warranties expressed or implied.


$500 non-refundable deposit due within 48 hours of sale end via Paypal or cashier's check.

Balance due in cash or cashiers check at time of pickup. Buyer must pickup car within 10 days of end of auction in Vancouver, A unless other arrangements have been agreed to by seller prior to bid.

Buyer is responsible for all taxes and fees including their state sales tax, egistration fees, nsurance, tc..

If you bid, ou are agreeing to buy the car listed in this sale.

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Seller reserves the right to remove bidders with negative feedback.

Seller reserves the right to remove this vehicle from eBay if it is sold through another venue prior to the end of the auction.


We don't need to sell this car, ut we do need a reasonable amount out of it. Please do not ask where we have set the reserve because it is non-negotiable and the car will not be sold if reserve is not met. Happy bidding!