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1996 E 300D 6 cylinder Diesel: Consensus?

I'm wondering what the scoop is on a 96 300D non-turbo. I'm considering driving quite a way to look at one with about 130k miles.

Anyone have experience with these? Are they still in the over-engineered range of years?

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each newer diesel is step up in horsepower and even bigger step up in economy.
The 134 HP non turbo E300d was just adequate power for California hills, while not too often made 25 mpg. The turbo version is way better, while 201 HP 320cdi zooms the grades with no hesitation and still average close to 35 mpg doing so.
Go to W210 section to find topics about common fuel orings deterioration on those engines. Still very decent cars for the money.
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It is not that great of a car. 96 was the very first model for the W210 and it wasn't a good one. It was built on a cut-rate budget and certifiably NOT over-engineered. If anything, it was under-engineered. If you had to have a W210 Diesel, get a 99 E300. The car got a lot better as time progressed and they got way better for 2000 (but the E300 was dropped in the US).
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I appreciate the quick replies.

I'm looking for something a bit "cool" looking, with quality build. That said, I'd also consider a manual 240d for the right price!

I'm new, and have never owned a MB. Other cars have been hondas and a Porsche 944 s2 convertible (nice balanced car).
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