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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Need some advice on a new Benz

I have a 1984 300D W123. I love this car. It was recently destroyed by someone not paying attention. I now am in the market for a new Benz. The question is which year and model? I've been thinking about another 1981-1985 w123 turbo, but have also been looking for something a little newer.

Basically what years and makes are the most reliable? Where should I focus my search? I have a max of 10K budget. Opinions? Advice?

I don't want a new Benz as I've heard there are many issues. I need something bulletproof and dependable, but with class and style. I miss my 300D.

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From personal experience, I would stay away from the W210 (I have a 2002).

I have talked to many people that own W124, 300E's 260E's, 300D Turbo's, 300E 2.6, and the re-badged W124 E320's, and except for an occasional valve cover gasket, these people swear by their cars.

Sorry to hear about your 300D, to me that was the last time the mid sized MB "Looked" like a Mercedes.
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Hey, Ed. Sorry to hear about your loss. If you are looking at another diesel the 124 and 210 are both good. The 210 has more niggling problems than the 124 but the diesel version avoids many of the 210's bigger issues while providing more room, more comfort and some nice features... Post in the 210 forum and the diesel folks will embrace you.
If you are looking at gas then the 124 straight six has head gasket issues and there are harness issues as well.
Many say that the 123 was the last bulletproof Benz, but they still have to be maintained well and at that age it is hard to find a good example that someone is willing to part with for a reasonable price (what would you have taken for your car?).
Hope that helps a little.
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Go to a 300SD or SDL.
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In your budget you can, and should be able to locate a really wonderful 1983-1985 300D turbo.

Rust free examples abound in Southern California, which has a sunny climate and is a car culture with loving owners and competent shops caring for the cars.

I believe that some of the California diesels have the trap oxidizers on them, but otherwise they are a really good bet, for reliable transportation and easy inexpensive maintenance.

The 1981-85 300SD cars are nice too, and if you drive one and like it, they should be included in the search, for the same reasons that make the W123 diesels such good ones.

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I would recommend a 210...... Any 210, 2000 and newer..
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