Just about to buy a 1996 300tdi with two owners and 100000 miles on clock,
looks very tidy good spec (air con autobox) up for £6500 anybody give me any pointers on what to watch out for apart from the norm!
Fold down the back seats, lift the carpet and look at the boot floor. I'd bet that the insulation will be soaking, and the floor very rusty.
The good thing for the buyer is that this looks really scary, but is very easy to fix. You might get away with wire brushing then coating with Hammerite, but even if it's completely rusted away, a replacement floor panel costs about 60 quid. The water is almost certainly coming in thru the sunroof or the gutter join.
But it looks scary, so is a very good negotiating point when haggling over price!
Also, check when the timing belt was last done, and whether the timing mod kit has been fitted. A blob of yellow paint on the timing cover usually, but not always, means the modified kit has been fitted.
Most important of all make sure gearbox does what is meant to!
They all clunk as you move from drive to reverse and back again if you hold foot on brake this is much reduced, but obviously forget to mention this and you have a bargaining point.
Make sure cruise works.