I have a 1974 240D, and I'm having trouble finding service manuals and
parts for the W115 body style. Is that a "rare" body style such that
they don't have parts and books for it, because I can find a TON of
W123 parts and manuals, as well as stuff for MBs from 1968-72, but
it's like I have a "lost year" Merc when something goes wrong.
Seriously though, was something so wrong with the W114/115 series that
the company dropped it quickly and hoped to forget about it?
These cars are at the very bottom of their value curve in the USA, and
have very little following right now. Most have rusted away or have
been junked by this time. Parts and books really shouldn't be a
problem however. The W123s are newer, so their survival rate is much
higher than the W114/115 right now, but they are, in fact, very
similar cars in many ways under the skin.
The situation is quite different in Germany, where the W114/W115, or
as they call it the /8, are widely admired and are considered quite
desirable. There's even a separate club specifically for the
bodystyle, see http://www.strichachtclub.de/
There's nothing at all wrong with the W114/115 cars, it's just that at
least in the USA it's difficult to get enthisiasts whooped up about a
utilitarian four door sedan (yes, I know there was a coupe too). In
many ways, this (along with the follow up W123) was actually the peak
of Mercedes build quality, so it would make a great car to keep as a
long term reliable driver as long as you can keep the rust at bay.
1969 300SEL 6.3
On 13 Dec 2003 06:01:46 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Sunilito)
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Benz Bin and Sunnyvale both have w115 parts and have had good results on all
the parts I got for my w115.
I think the 240 was actually a w114 ,but saw many parts for that as well.
I like the hood line and front end on my 115 better than 300 w123 ...76 was
the last yeaz of the classic Benz look
dual heater controls on the smaller Benzs.
Seen some 600 class/size..? brand-new Doctors' cars that run dual control
and front/rear as well...
Had problem with the water pump being different on the 300 w115 and
Many auto stores will cross you to a 300 w123 pump.....w123 pump won't work
case no matter what the auto guy tells you.
email@example.com (Sunilito) wrote in message
The 114/115 line ran for 9 years (1968-76) in the U.S. -- quite a long
time, really. The cars are far from rare, and nearly all parts for
them are readily available. We also stock factory manuals for your
I have had about 6 115's and I am glad I got away from them although some
people swear by them.
I didn't like the front ends on them and had two that lost the
tierod connections from rust.
I have the 115/114 cd .
email me directly if you need any info.
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