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Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

Hi,
I am looking to purchase an older diesel mercedes. Not looking to spend a ton of cash and am located in Massachusetts. Id like to be able to do some work myself and not have parts cost a fortune. Whats a good diesel option? Any years or models to stay away from? Anyone know any good service places in Northeast Mass, southern New Hampshire?
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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

Hi.

If you like big cars:
W126 300SD turbo diesel

If you like a smaller car:
W123 300D turbo diesel - various available
W124 300D 2.5 turbo diesel - various available
W201 190D 2.5 turbo diesel

Also some in station wagons.

You gotta think of what you want. Do you want pure fuel economy? Then non turbo - do you want a little pick up? Turbo then. Do you want a smaller car?

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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

Welcome to the forums. There is a ton of information here so either search for a thread you want or ask away[:)]

If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.
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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

wfg, you can help yourself by helping others: How much do you want to spend [;)]

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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

Well, Im thinking under 4k, closer to 2 ideally
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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

What else?

-Large sedan?
-Coupe?
-Mid-size sedan?
-Station wagon?
-Pure fuel efficiency?

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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

I would suggest the w126 300SD or the w123 300D (turbo or non-turbo)

These are the easiest to work on and probably are the least expensive to maintain.
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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

I'd recommend getting the turbo models, even if they're a tad less fuel economy - I think in the long run they'd feel a little slow and heavy without the extra boost there when you needed it.

For the record, I'm getting an average so far (two tanks) of about 22 miles per gallon in my 300SDL - that's an 86 model, a model-generation newer than the 300SD that I almost got. It's a six cylinder instead of a five (or four) and it does have the turbo - and being the L model I think it has a little extra weight to pull too - and I'm getting 22-23 mpg on a tank - and I don't drive it in granny mode or in daredevil mode. I drive it like a normal car, and that's about what I'd expect from a normal car.

Point of sermon: unless fuel economy is a REALLY big deal for you, go on and get a turbo model, you'll appreciate it pulling onto interstates and such.

Out of the older ones, older than mine, my favorite's the 300SD - I almost got one before I got my SDL but the problem was that so many of them that had decent mileages on them were torn up inside so bad they wouldn't have been more time-consuming and money-consuming than I could have afforded to restore back to enjoyable condition. If you find a good-condition 300SD grab it.
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RE: Newbie looking for a diesel reccomendation

And feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, in fact please do, but it's my understanding from my mechanic and a few other people that the 350SDL from the early 90s is a great deal of trouble engine-wise. I don't remember exactly what goes wrong but apparently they're likely to quit on you. of course, somebody on the forum probably has a 350SDL at the moment with 7 or 8 hundred thousand miles on it... that's just my two cents. (I'm a heavy tipper)
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I don't know from personal experience but I would recommend staying away from the 350SDL. From what I understand the connecting rods are weak and will bend. This causes the cylinders to wear in an odd fashion and the oil consumption goes through the roof. There are some good ones out there but this is highly common.
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