buying a cheapie: 300D (123) or 300E (124)

Looking for a somewaht cheap old MBZ (2500-3500). I've seen decent well maintained 300ds in this range, but also a couple of good looking 87 300Es (3500-400). Which is a better reliability bet?

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As a general rule, the simpler, all-iron 123 models are ultimately more reliable. The newer, higher-tech 124 model is more pleasant and modern.
But when looking at an older car, you have to get down to cases. Buy the best one you can afford, screening out the clinkers and having the apparently good ones checked over before purchasing.
Bill Ditmire Ditmire Motorworks,Inc. 425 White Horse Pike Absecon,NJ 08201 http://www.ditmire.com 609-641-3392
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the 300d has 178k and a service history going back about 50K. it also has some remarkable updates, including rebuilt AC retrofitted to r134, rebuilt fromt suspension, rebuilt driver's seat, and new glow plugs, ans a new battery. Drives good, but with some play in the steering (engine is incredibly quiet). 87 300E has 120k, no service history, is immaculate in and out, and drives well.
But I'm a little leery of this one since it has no serv ice history..even though it looks great.
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if it has no service history at all, the rul of thumb would be to walk away from it. however, it is unlikely that it has *never* been serviced ... how many owners has it had?

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