What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

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chruzzie
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What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by chruzzie » Sun 10 Dec, 2017 1:02 pm

I have finished restoring my 230te. It’s had a professional respray all new front end suspension. And i mean “all”. It cost me over $2,000.

All cylinders have very giid and equal compression. Radiator is like new. Done 361,655km

New genuine front and rear windscreens.

All the door window rubbers and rails have beend replaced with new. All new carpet aling with alot of thick rubber for sound deadending. The rust i found was ground out and the car has been painted underneath and in the hatch area with black rust proof paint. All the plastic tims have been replaced with genuine mercedes. It has a brand new mercedes hood star.

It drives great in the city and on the highway i just dont think i can use it as a daily driver without air con. Living on the Gold Coast is a killer in Summer.
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280TE 1980
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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by tsharkey » Sun 10 Dec, 2017 1:11 pm

Nice looking car and well done bring it up to standard.

Why don't you find a clapped out 230E and make off with the complete air con system to fit in - big job but where else would you come across a beautiful 5 speed wagon ..... I am going to do said same to my british 5 speed wagon.
W123 1981 300TD - Family Kid mover
W202 1998 C250D Factory OM605A Turbo - Partner's daily driver
W123 1982 300CD Retro fitted OM617A Turbo - Mine
W123 1984 300TD 5 Speed Manual, to teach the kids how to drive
W123 1982 300TD Factory OM617A Turbo (Hans) - Project
W123 1985 230TE - Brother's
W123 1985 300D - Sister in Law's
1962 S-Series Valiant (Tho Daimler & Chrysler divorced, still part of the extended family)

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W114 1969 250CE - PO put in an M110 transplant and nearly sent me around the bend
W123 1981 300TD - "Matilda" - RIP hit front side & rear but left my brother + niece A-OK

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Coupe restoration, Turbo Wagon freshen up

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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by Ivanerrol » Sun 10 Dec, 2017 3:29 pm

Big job to install original MB AC
Might be better to get an aftermarket.
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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by chruzzie » Sun 10 Dec, 2017 8:07 pm

I have been looking at both options, but just trying to figure out the current market value of the 230TE.
230TE 1983
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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by mathuisella » Sun 10 Dec, 2017 9:24 pm

Looks quite nice. It really depends on condition more than anything. However with a manual transmission it practically doubles it's value to the right person as they're very rare in Aus.

I have this. In manual transmission with no leaks or rust issues and wouldn't let it go for under 8k and the more i fix on it the higher the price point at which i'm willing to let it go. Currently working on the Vacuum central locking. ( engine bay vacuum is sorted and works perfectly )
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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by EdCox » Mon 11 Dec, 2017 1:47 pm

I too have a 5 speed now. (photos coming next weekend!) It's a 240TD, also with no air conditioning.

They are a fair bit more common in the UK, where I believe mine came from originally. See this ad for a 5 speed wagon on the Isle of Wight. http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C913203. I think it's a bit optimistic at GBP 10k, but they are starting to get thin on the ground.

If yours is as good as it looks (and 0 rust) I can't see why it wouldn't be worth a similar amount. Note that at the moment, 10,000 pounds is about A$17k.

Good luck if you sell.
Ed

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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by Ivanerrol » Mon 11 Dec, 2017 2:38 pm

Overseas market prices can be very misleading.
Due to rust and low new pricing issues the rarity factor comes in.
In the U.S. a humble non injection early good condition W123 can bring US$ 10,000+.

In Australia a ‘70’s model non injection early petrol engine W123 is not an easy sell.

I would up the value 50% because of the manual gearbox but then deduct 50% because of the lack of AC.

There’s a site in the UK where you can lol up the number of cars still on the road for any given older particular model. I would hasten to guess that there are more models of some cars in Australia still on the road than there are in The UK.

Prices are very subjective - especially at the moment. I just bought a W211 which was advertised at $15k for $10k
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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by tsharkey » Mon 11 Dec, 2017 7:17 pm

Fitting AC will involve

1. Wiring loom over lay - Includes the 3 relays that sit above the accelerator cable, Temp / Pressure Valve, Electric Fan, Wire to compressor, Wiring to AC Box, Thumbwheel, Advance on Valve

2. Vacuum overlay - Extra actuator , extra valve for the advance to hold the revs up at idle (M103, M110 only)

3. Condenser + Fan mounted upfront

4. Larger radiator (my diesel has a smaller one which I suspect is a as result of no AC)

5. Compressor mounted on motor - Extra belts - Does the M103 flywheel have the extra groove ?

6. Hosing in engine bay

7. 2 x Holes into cabin where hoses enter (they are not already there with a rubber delete - You will have to drill them)

8. Heatexchanger in the heater box above passenger legs, expansion valve etc. Not 100% sure if you should get the whole heaterbox / heatexchanger and do a 100 swap.

9. Switch panel above heater controls with thumb wheel insert

For step 8, it may be easier to flip the whole dashpad out. Will advise once I have done it. Done right, it will look factory and no one will will worry the datacard doesn't include the 580 code (my thinking anyway for the 300TD). My thinking as I can return this wagon to the UK oneday as it once had UK registration and would be worth a fair bit overthere (once I have finished bringing it up to scratch).

Good wagons are hard to come by, and a 5 speed M103 even harder, and given what you have sunk already, it is worth it.
W123 1981 300TD - Family Kid mover
W202 1998 C250D Factory OM605A Turbo - Partner's daily driver
W123 1982 300CD Retro fitted OM617A Turbo - Mine
W123 1984 300TD 5 Speed Manual, to teach the kids how to drive
W123 1982 300TD Factory OM617A Turbo (Hans) - Project
W123 1985 230TE - Brother's
W123 1985 300D - Sister in Law's
1962 S-Series Valiant (Tho Daimler & Chrysler divorced, still part of the extended family)

Past benzes
W114 1969 250CE - PO put in an M110 transplant and nearly sent me around the bend
W123 1981 300TD - "Matilda" - RIP hit front side & rear but left my brother + niece A-OK

Current Projects
Coupe restoration, Turbo Wagon freshen up

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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by mathuisella » Mon 11 Dec, 2017 8:21 pm

I always thought the 300 D Diesels were the prized ones out of all the engines available in these due to how old these cars are getting and their reputation for lasting a hell of a long time with many, many kM's racked up.

I guess things are different for different countries/markets.

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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by MaXim » Mon 11 Dec, 2017 10:09 pm

Where did you go to get a respray for under $2k? Bargain!

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Re: What’s my 1983 230te 5sp manual worth?

Post by chruzzie » Mon 11 Dec, 2017 11:11 pm

MaXim wrote:
Mon 11 Dec, 2017 10:09 pm
Where did you go to get a respray for under $2k? Bargain!
I think i might have paid more than $2k now i think about it. It was $2800. A retired spraypainter who has his own shed.
230TE 1983
280TE 1980
280E 1977

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