Date registered: Apr 2006
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recomendations for a diesel wagon
Hi all, first post here. I am completely new to the world of MB, but I think there is one in my future.
Currently I drive an '82 Olds Cutlass wagon. The frame is rusting away on me, and won't be around forever. And it only gets about 21-23 mpg on the hwy, much less in town. The wagon part is absolutely necessary, as it goes to the lake with the family, camping, and carries goose decoys and canoes in the fall. And sometimes a deer. I do all my own mechanical work (camshafts, replaced heads, timing chains, suspension, brakes, carburetors, etc.) A diesel appeals to my thrifty side, as well as I understand them to be very durable.
So I am looking for an early '80s diesel mid-sized wagon, possibly a turbo if they are also reliable. Initial cost is a factor, as would be repair parts costs. What model can people recommend that is durable, reliable, fixable by a good home mechanic? The simpler the better. I understand there are some models with hydraulic/pneumatic suspensions? Are they worth the hassle? Do they compensate for load?
Like I said, I am completely new to MB so don't be afraid to dumb it down for me, I won't be insulted.