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300 series wagon question (TD vs TD-T?)

Hi wise Mercedes enthusiasts, I am seeking a late model 300 series wagon (mine got totaled by a hit and run driver - sad). In my search I've gotten a bit confused about which models are turbo and which aren't. A friend told me that TD means touring diesel and that the TD-T model stands for touring diesel - turbo However, the only year I see the TD-T designation is with the '85. But I know I've seen some '82s that say turbo diesel on the back.
What's the deal? I'm confused.
Does the turbo make that much of a difference?
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RE: 300 series wagon question (TD vs TD-T?)

Hi Joan.

Sorry to hear about your loss.
I hope everyone in the wagon was OK?

This is what I found.

79-81 non turbo=88 hp
81-83 turbo=123hp
83-85 turbo=125hp
In the US all diesel wagons after 81 are
turbo engines,most of the euro models are
non turbo engines.

Hope this helps.

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RE: 300 series wagon question (TD vs TD-T?)

The wagons were generally turbo'd in 81- meaning the 79 80 models are non turbo. The non turbo is usually a bit FASTER in the 0-20, if it runs well. I have both versions (an 80 and an 82) and do not have a favorite. The 85's have a bigger rear end gearing so you'll cruise at a lower rpm on the highway. 79-80's have a bit inferior climate control system, but they are on whole simpler and thus more reliable. None say TD-T on the back (or anywhere for that matter) TD means wagon, diesel. TE means wagon, fuel injected gas. They may have made a T which would be a gasoline-carburated.
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