Of course, but it's fun to reminisce about the slow-coaches. Plus, as you
can see, quite a few people still have them.
And the engines are probably more robust because less sophisticated.
Modern diesels and petrol engines are hard tell apart in the driving.
As I have probably said before, a 1.9 l td in a small car like an Alfa Romeo
147... beautiful (to look at and drive).
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I have a W210 E220 CDI Automatic for two weeks now and it's using
8liters / 100km in the city and 5.8 on mixed highway and country road so
far. I'm pretty pleased because that's not much for a car of that size.
It's not very quiet but actually I like that Diesel sound. :-)
They are the best. The newer the diesel, the better they drive as far as the
performance is concerned. I have 1995 E300D myself. It is a great car and
great size for me.
I know people say the old 5 cylinders are the most reliable but by now, most
of those have already exceeded 200,000 miles where there are major expenses
to bring it back to spec and that they are 20 years old or older.
The MB diesel to avoids are the 350SDL of 1988 to 91 and those diesels in
the W140 body... 1992 to the end of S class offering of diesels... Not all
of them are bad as I suspected most of them are rebuilt by now... but just
I would highly recommends the 1998 and 1999 E300TD... they are great...
power and economy. If you could afford the CDI's that would be great too...
just make sure you buy extended warranty with it.
I dunno Tiger, I got mine with 225K miles on it and now it's got nealry half a
miles on it. I've replaced one turbo for $100 (used).
The 5 cyl's were considered so reliable because of the iron head. The 6 cyl
head ones had the "issue" that if they overheat the head usually cracks and
of course there's no such thing as a good used head. This is in the 300SDL and
350SDL and 350SD.
The 5 cyl 300SD was 80-85.
Plus, the 6 cyl onese were meant to use higher cetane fuel than we get in
north america and half of the stretched the con rods and had ovoid bores
requireing replacement or rebuild. FOr like $12K.
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On Jul 14, 2:30 am, email@example.com (yard gnome) wrote:
I've bought two diesels in the past couple years, first a 240D and
liked it so much, bought a 300SD a few months later. I've become an
addict for that diesel clatter now. Such simple cars to work on,
great economy, and reputation for extreme durability. There's
diesel experts here that great guys in sharing the knowledge and
There are those who say the 300 SD was the best car MB ever built. My '81
is by far the best car I have ever owned. Looks like a junker (Der
Klunker) but drives lika a, well, Mercedes. But I have poured a lot of
money into it having made the mistake of buying a used up one in the
first place. The 5-cylinder 617 engine is legendary. Unlike modern
elctronicized diesels, it will run when the battery is gone and as long
as it gets fuel and air. It will survive ponds that drown other cars. One
gets used to the clata-clata. I rather like it. Find one in really good
shape and check it out thoroughly. The engine may run forever but the
steering, brakes and suspension won't and a lot of bits may need
replacing to bring it back to spec.
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