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Bottom line, if you are driving more than 30k a year, your choice is to buy one diesel every 10-20 years, or a gasser every 3-5.
If you're driving more than 30K per year, buy a diesel Rabbit. That way, at least, resale is not a concern.

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I'm a diesel fan! My newest is a 2007 E-320 Bluetec and I'm impressed with the torque, efficiency & quietness. Unless someone told you, you'd never guess it was a diesel. Common rail injection technology has made considerable in diesel engines. I expect the engine will outlast the body.
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I own a 2005 E320 CDI with 20K miles on it and I can tell you this: 1) I average 30+ miles per gallon in Los Angeles commuter traffic, 2) In SoCal, diesel fuel is averaging $.40/gallon less than unleaded, 3) I have torque that will throw you back in your seat when mash the throttle, 4) so little noise (especially at cruise speed) that I often forget I'm driving a diesel, 5) so little smoke that I frequenlty have people come to "warn" me when I'm refueling that I'm putting in diesel fuel and they can't believe it when I tell them it IS diesel powered.
With the legendary Mercedes diesel reliabilty, I expect to drive my W211 for far into the future (unless the bring the S420 Bluetec to the States but that's another thread..).
I love my diesel and if you are even considering buying one, go to a dealer and take a new Bluetec for a drive. Also, check out the W211 forum for some great threads on diesel v. gas cars. :>)
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very informative replies on diesel benz's. I see a lot of them for sale and always thought it was because they were worn out. maybe most of the ones I see are not cleaned and presentable by the owners. and they seem to smoke making me think the car has bad o-rings or something. also, some of the cars are just plain dirty and negelcted..but in reality, they are diamonds in the rough.

I browed this site and I like the coupes in diesel, such as the 300CD, 190E, 190D, 300CE to name a few

I gotta ask this, are the early model MB wagons able to be modified and dropped with sport springs and aftermarket wheels? because I can get a deal on a nice 300TD but I don't want to get it if I can mod it a lil bit. I rarley see mb wagons fixed up.
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Of course it can be modded. Take a look on the wagons only page in the 124 forum or the 123 forum. If the TD is nice, buy it. They are desirable.

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I see a lot of them for sale and always thought it was because they were worn out. maybe most of the ones I see are not cleaned and presentable by the owners. and they seem to smoke making me think the car has bad o-rings or something. also, some of the cars are just plain dirty and negelcted..but in reality, they are diamonds in the rough. :
Are you taking about 25-years old models, or the 10-years old models?
Lot of Mercedes cars are sold in central states short time after the warranty expires due to lack of reliable service there. It is common service issue, that leaky $10 o-rings on injector pumps are resolved with $1000 rebuild job, or $150 injector tips are replaced with whole injectors for $2000.
Don't buy diesel if you don't have reliable mechanic in your area, or are good in DIY.
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Are you taking about 25-years old models, or the 10-years old models?
Lot of Mercedes cars are sold in central states short time after the warranty expires due to lack of reliable service there. It is common service issue, that leaky $10 o-rings on injector pumps are resolved with $1000 rebuild job, or $150 injector tips are replaced with whole injectors for $2000.
Don't buy diesel if you don't have reliable mechanic in your area, or are good in DIY.
very good point!

I got a good mb mechanic too. it was first thing I did when I was about to buy my 97C280
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and I was interested in the older wagons, not the new ones. too expensive..lol
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If you're driving more than 30K per year, buy a diesel Rabbit. That way, at least, resale is not a concern.
European taxis easily drive 60K per year, and I don't see too many Rabbits here (or the equivalent of that in Europe). There must be a reason why most are actually E-class diesels. A Toyota might be cheaper but doesn't appear as a taxi car.

I don't see the point to mock MB diesels that way, at least here on this forum.

On the topic, I would say there isn't a lot common with old and new MB diesels other than fuel economy. Even that isn't so similar, the new cars do a lot better. Perhaps longevity is another common thing, difficult to say from cars that have not been there for a million kilometres yet. Since the interest was on older diesels, I won't go further with the comparison.
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If you're driving more than 30K per year, buy a diesel Rabbit. That way, at least, resale is not a concern.
Yes, I owned one for 20 years and resell was not a problem at all.

Owning one in your neck of the woods is somewhat more work such as cleaning the glowplugs every year. In California, I didn't clean them until the car wouldn't start.
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