What a bunch of crap re: Hondas.
M-B Diesels (and just about any other diesel) last a long time because
they're engineered better, with better construction materials. They make
power & torque differently than gasoline motors.
I've got a 16 year old Chevy pickup truck with 264K miles on it. I've got
two MB diesels. '85 300SD w/254K and a '86 300SDL w/202K.
I've owned Hondas and they're great cars.
They all last just fine with the required maintenance and necessary repairs.
The M-B's, in my opinion maintain their consistency and their classic good
looks much better than the Hondas. The leather interiors and lack of
plastics in their construction keeps them in far superior condition than the
Hondas with their cloth interiors that fade & crack at 3-5 years and
plastics that warp. Note: Put a MB Diesel engine in a brand new Honda & ten
years later the engine will be the only thing still in great shape. The
materials Honda makes their less expensive cars with do not last.
Now, if Honda decided to make a diesel engine, I've got no doubt that they
would be extraordinary motors. Mechanically, I can not find fault with
anything they've built.
With the M-B's, you have an older car that will probably look good, drive
good, feel good, and more importantly, make the owner feel good because it
is a M-B. The 13K Honda is just that, the same Honda that millions other
are driving. One of the masses. Besides, the cottage industry supporting
the older M-B's out there is alot more fun to play in that working on old
FWIW, of the 3 vehicles that I have, I'll get in my Chevy truck and drive
cross country & back with more confidence than all the others.
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