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Is the 1986 300sd the same size as the 1986 560sel?

Love the 560 but want a diesel. I'm assuming the sel is longer but is there any difference when it comes to interior space?
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The 300SD is 4" shorter in the rear seat area than a 560SEL or a 300SDL.

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Thanks. I've been told the '86 300d is one of the better diesel engines mercedes made. Any truth to that?
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86 diesel engines have aluminum heads, that are prone to cracking. They require religious checking of cooling system. Not a major defect, but something to consider.
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Thanks for the info.
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You can prevent the cracking by idling your engine for a little bit before shutting it down after a ride on the highway.
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yeah

youre talking about the 86-87 300sdl, my fathers car, a good car as long as it has been properly serviced and maintained. Im going to put the caveat out there, the later 350 sd or sdl has an engine from hell. Less power than the 300 about the same mpg (or less) and if the engine is the original you might be in for a costly suprise. The rods are weak and they use strengthened rods when they rebuild them, but as far as rebuilding that engine ..... youll be buying a shortblock. Just trust me on this one brother.
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