Two diesel wagons left West Germany a year apart from one another in the 80's. They each spent the next 30+ years in the United States and they both racked up over 300,000 miles. One did it in the Southern California sun, and one looks to have served the prep-school set in Connecticut. Now, they both find themselves for sale on eBay. Maybe one buyer could reunite them?
It will be interesting to see how these two similar cars fare price-wise. The Californian wagon benefits both from a seemingly passionate owner who provides a long list of recent maintenance, and photographs taken in the San Diego sun. The Connecticut wagon on the other hand has a 5 line description and photos that look like they're trying to hide something.
The Connecticut wagon seems like the underdog here having endured New England winters and looking to have received a respray at some point. The one thing that we like however is the sight of a genuine MB battery under the hood. Extrapolating a bit and making some perhaps biased assumptions, it could be that this turbo diesel has received a lifetime of dealer service while serving its Connecticut family. That could be way off, but it might be worth a look to see what kind of documentation is available. After all, it's hard to argue with red on red with yellow fog lights.
The California wagon seems like less of a mystery and appears honest all around. The interior looks like it has seen all of the 300k miles, and there are no shots of the engine. A good deal of work is listed, but it sounds like a owner-maintained vehicle which can be great, good, bad, or otherwise.
We'd love to see these side by side and see which one is the "winner." It's easy to like the CA wagon with its car-guy owner and golden hour photos. The CT wagon takes some vision but could be a hidden gem.
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