For $16,495, This 1985 Mercedes Benz 300GD Might Be A God Damn Deal

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

While today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 300GD is offered up in Detroit, it’s really a Canadian and importing it might be a total pain in the boot. We’ll just have to see if its price makes it worth that pain.

Yesterday’s impossibly clean and low mileage 1988 Merkur XR4Ti earned itself a 56% Nice Price win for those factors, and the fact that we all have a jones for those funky Fords. It also proved that, oh yes, we can have nice things. Hardigree groused that his was cheaper, but I wager this one was better and it was a hell of lot of Merkur for the money.


Money. It’s what makes the world go around, gives entry into the poshest of places, and tests the elastic waistbands of popular strippers’ g-strings. It’s also hella confusing to have to manage. After all there’s different kinds of money in almost every country and some of those use the same name—like dollars— but without the same value. Eff that!

That’s the problem with today’s 1985 Mercedes Benz 300GD because it’s offered on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border, and in both places in dollars. The only thing is, those are Canadian dollars vs. U.S. Greenbacks. And of course, with a .77 to 1 exchange rate, those dollars are—like Forrest Gump—different.

I guess we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves here. What we’ll need to decide is whether today’s contender is worth either amount. Let’s take a look and see, shall we?


This is a 1985 Mercedes Benz 300GD, which is the Geländewagen many of us all want. That’s because it’s powered by a 3-litre, five cylinder NA diesel and features a four-speed manual behind that. It’s also not blinged out like the current Kardashian Kruiser (crap they’ve been selling these things a long time!) That might make it less desirable to today’s reality TV attention whores and autotuned pop stars, but for me the simpler, more workman-like style of these early cars is the preferred presentation.


You of course get 4WD here, and there’s a moose bar and added lighting up front. Twenty-nine inch all terrain tires wrap alloy wheels down below, and the ad makes the claim that the frame and engine are in excellent shape. The body is said to have some rust bubbles as these cars invariably do over time, but the original paint looks to be in good shape and its still a German car and not Swiss cheese.


The interior is also pretty original, sporting a mad plaid upholstery pattern, manual crank windows, and more plastic than you’re probably expecting. That’s just how they came back then. The dog screen is an extra, and I’d probably ditch the plywood in back too, preferring a pair of fold down safari seats, but that’s just me. There’s some sort of modern stereo installed too which might be able to overcome the car’s diesel noise and general lack of sound deadening. That would be nice.

As noted, this 300GD is a Canadian, apparently originally imported into Vancouver. It now is said to have a clean Canadian title and to be registered in Ontario. You might think then that advertising the Benz on the Detroit Craigslist might be nothing more than a tease, seeing how hard it might be to bring over a smoker like this despite its being well past the 25-year limit.


You might also be confused as the car is offered in that Detroit ad at $16,495 American, as well as on Canuck Kijiji for $21,450 Canadian. We’ll stick with the Detroit numbers since the ad explicitly states the seller wants to deal in greenbacks only. Suck it, Loonie lovers!


With that preference in mind, do you think this classic Benz G-wagon could pull $16,495 U.S.? Or, is that price a dud no matter which side of the border you’re on?

You decide!


Detroit Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

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