Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 1982 300SD
Location: Bel AIr, MD
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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.