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Newbie Questions about Used MB (Diesel?) Running Costs

I'm attracted to a used 300D series, but in fact I know very little about MB cars. It know it's a loyal, near cult for many people.

I realize that a MB is not going to provide the cheapest long term transportion, but everyone says the 123 series diesel cars last forever. Are there books, articles, or websites that discuss the long term costs of maintaining one of the old MB diesels today? Gotta start somewhere. Thanks!
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RE: Newbie Questions about Used MB (Diesel?) Running Costs

The W123 diesels CAN be low cost, long term vehicles. BUT there are some conditions---
One is that you do all your own service and most repairs. If you have to pay shop rates to maintain a 20+ year old vehicle, the cost can be severe.
Another is that you find a well-maintained vehicle. Cars this old sometimes suffer from deferred maintennance--in other words the current owner not doing the required PM. This leads to a large cost to get caught up.
Another issue is, are you suited ( emotionally) for a diesel? If you need to always do 0=60 in under 10 seconds, a diesel is not for you; you will be unhappy with its performance.
On the other hand, if you can drive a diesel on its own terms, these W123 cars can be very rewarding.
You might want to search the archives both here and over at the *****************. Over there they have a thread on diesels only so all the dieselheads can congregate together. here, the forums are listed by chasis type so the diesels are a bit more spread out over several places.
One piece of advice--Often the most expensive MB to own is the cheapest one to buy; expect to pay a little more upfront for a well maintained, well documented vehicle.
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RE: Newbie Questions about Used MB (Diesel?) Running Costs

Consider the w126 chassis as well (300 SD). It has the
same engine and it’s a larger, more modern car compared to the 123, less prone to leaking and rust as well.
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RE: Newbie Questions about Used MB (Diesel?) Running Costs

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I'm attracted to a used 300D series, but in fact I know very little about MB cars. It know it's a loyal, near cult for many people.

I realize that a MB is not going to provide the cheapest long term transportion, but everyone says the 123 series diesel cars last forever. Are there books, articles, or websites that discuss the long term costs of maintaining one of the old MB diesels today? Gotta start somewhere. Thanks!
You could check this thread out at the W123 forum:

http://www.mbnz.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1172059&posts=20&fid=10

We had a good discussion about this not too long ago:

http://www.mbnz.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1188227&posts=11&fid=10


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