Proud new owner of this 300GD

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I picked up my new adventure vehicle this weekend. I drove it from Reno, Nevada to Portland, Oregon via the Black Rock Desert wilderness and the Alvord Desert. If you look closer in the attached photo you'll see a Pronghorn Antelope staring at me while I'm taking the photo of my new truck.

It is a 1985 300GD with automatic transmission and a OM617A 5-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine. It was a special import from Germany that was federalized for legal entry. It was ordered with all the extra options from the German dealership: safari roof with built in rails, recaro seats, 3 fuel tanks, heavy duty sound insulation. It also has front and rear hydraulic lockers.

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Awesome, awesome rig. I was eyeing that one myself but living in California, we can't have such things... The safari roof - DROOL! I hope you'll post here and clubgwagen. Great pic!
 

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Expect a lot of posts on both forums! I'm very excited about it. This one was actually previously registered in California.

Awesome, awesome rig. I was eyeing that one myself but living in California, we can't have such things... The safari roof - DROOL! I hope you'll post here and clubgwagen. Great pic!
 
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Gosh. That's a beautiful rig. I am so envious. I am looking for a diesel G but living Cali has its limitations.


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I hope you got all the original paperwork with that truck. I gave it all to Kent when he bought it in June 2008. Pretty neat story.

You'll notice that this truck has no rust at the rear seams by the tail lights, and it is original paint! The 460's with the saddle bag tanks had that area protected by the additional fuel tanks. Most 460's rust out there because of all the crud that gets thrown up off of the tires into that area.
 
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Looks fantastic in white with the cloth Recaros. How are these turbodiesel powerplants over the paved roads? Can the truck comfortably run 65mph on the highway? Is the interior noise manageable?
 

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Yes. I have all the paperwork and there was a lot of it! The truck is so incredibly rust free, it worries me a little that I brought it from the Nevada desert back here to Portland. I'm going to be very meticulous about rust prevention.

I hope you got all the original paperwork with that truck. I gave it all to Kent when he bought it in June 2008. Pretty neat story.

You'll notice that this truck has no rust at the rear seams by the tail lights, and it is original paint! The 460's with the saddle bag tanks had that area protected by the additional fuel tanks. Most 460's rust out there because of all the crud that gets thrown up off of the tires into that area.
 

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No road noise to speak of. This one came with full 1" soundproofing from the dealership. Its a 4 speed auto so it revs a little high at 65. 55 - 60 seems to be the sweet spot.

Looks fantastic in white with the cloth Recaros. How are these turbodiesel powerplants over the paved roads? Can the truck comfortably run 65mph on the highway? Is the interior noise manageable?