I'm interested in getting a 1988-1992 124 250D (turbo) or a 200D, any
opinions on the two? Is the 4cyl bad news? (i don't care for lack of
acceleration and power, I live in North America and we don't
have autobahns nor drivers to drive on them)
What about the 230E, I think a contributor to this newsgroup said to stay away
from the 4cyl gas and diesels but i might have misunderstood. Anyone out there
have a 1988 250D with less than 125.000km that they want to
sell me? handshaltung bitte :-)
Maybe the 200D engine is the best MB ever made in
terms of durability etc, 1 million kms is not
uncommon in taxi use.
The 250D is the same engine, _lengthened_ by
one cylinder, in your case plus one turbocharger.
Take in mind the 200D is _really_ slow, the
250D Turbo is _much_ faster (GERMAN cars
compared, manual trans):
75 PS 200D, top speed 99 mph, 0-62.1 mph = 18 sec
126 PS 250D Turbo, 123 mph, 12.3 sec
230E was by far the most popular gasoline
engine here in Germany with the W124:
better performance than the 200/200E but
not higher fuel consumption.
The 6-cyl engines consume more fuel, especially
in city driving.
Juergen W123 240D auto 72 PS top = 86 mph acc 24.7 sec ;-)
Top speed 160km/h? When people drive their porsches here
they think that's fast. More than fast enough for these ruts
Canadians call highways and cart runners they call drivers here.
As for being slow, is it really that slow in city driving even
with the manual transmission? Any idea how it would handle in
The W124 200D came with two different horsepower
ratings, 72 PS and 75 PS.
As you need a pre-1989 car it has 72 PS.
The sedan with 4- and 5-speed man trans goes 160 km/h,
acceleration 0-100 kmh = 18.5 sec, with 4-speed auto
trans it is 155 km/h and 20.4 secs
Although the car _is_ slow until 120 km/h it feels
astonishingly fast and easy - at least compared to
a 72 PS W123 240D which does better until ca. 80 km/h,
but after 100 km/h definitely not only _is_ slower,
but the more _feels_ slower.
In mountain driving the 200D car is _very, very_ slow.
Personally I would prefer a 250D which also was available
without Turbo, in your case with 90 PS - it is faster,
feels much faster than it really is and has a great engine
sound. The 250D is a 200D with one added cylinder.
For a year or so I once drove an old W124 300D with
109 PS and auto trans - great 6-cyl engine, great
sound, great car, but needed an overhaul after only
The 300D is a 200D with two added cylinders.
Kind regards from Germany
Juergen - 1982 W123 240D sedan with less than 200.000 km
Yes, acceleration, who gets faster to the next red light.
Yes, that's why I want to bring one in from Germany to Canada, but
we're restricted to pre-1989
I'm sure there are some fine highways in the US, but the one's I've been on
north where it's cold) are comparable to the ones in East Germany in the 80's.
There's cops even in rural areas, I know of 4 people who have been thrown into
for 7 days (or 10,000USD fine) for driving over 160km/h, on empty roads. A friend
was caught going 152km/h at night on a 3 lane highway, got put in cop's car and
handcuffed, told 1 more mile and he would be going to jail. Fascists.
And the drivers are crap too, regions vary
Then - if possible - look for a car built from
September to December 1988, these already are 1989
Coming as standard ex-factory are ABS and plus
right-hand rear view mirror plus heated windshield
washer unit (reservoir and nozzles).
Plus some other things like dtronger pump for the
(optional) power locking (as well as other things for
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