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Which used Diesel to get?

Hey everyone - I'm looking for my first diesel. I've read negative things about certain years.

Is their a specific year/model that you would push me towards? Away from?

I'm looking to get a 80's/90's diesel - ideally $7500 or less

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I belive I drove all MB diesels available in US in last 25 years.
Each generation gives more power and better eficiency. Roughly I can compare
Year ..... engine...... HP...... mpg in sedan
1980.......300td........112.........25
1995.......2.5td.........120.........30
1997........300d.........144........32
1998........300td.......174.........36
2005.......320cdi.......201.........40
You add prices and draw your own conclusions.
All above are bulletproof engines. Only 1986-7 had some issues with aluminum heads.
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I belive I drove all MB diesels available in US in last 25 years.
Each generation gives more power and better eficiency. Roughly I can compare
Year ..... engine...... HP...... mpg in sedan
1980.......300td........112.........25
1995.......2.5td.........120.........30
1997........300d.........144........32
1998........300td.......174.........36
2005.......320cdi.......201.........40
You add prices and draw your own conclusions.

Is one better then the others for reliability? i.e. what is this i hear about bent rods, etc etc
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I added more above when you've been typing. Never have heard about bent rod on MB, unless somebody added turbo to engine not designed for it.
The mentioned aluminum heads and 350 diesels are the only having slightly worse opinions, but otherwise all are million plus miles engines.
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I added more above when you've been typing. Never have heard about bent rod on MB, unless somebody added turbo to engine not designed for it.
The mentioned aluminum heads and 350 diesels are the only having slightly worse opinions, but otherwise all are million plus miles engines.
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btw - this is a secondary car.

based on your experience with them - if you were to buy only 1 to enjoy - which would it be?
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Right now I drive mostly F450, since I am building new structure 100 feet away from my old one. I had 2005 E320cdi for a year, but couldn't justify keeping expensive vehicle in the carport for 29 days a month. Still keep the 98 E300td, what is good value for low mileage we drive.
Than E320cdi dropping below $20k are really tempting and as soon as I will need another car this is what I will buy. My only dream would be get that engine in wagon.
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Right now I drive mostly F450, since I am building new structure 100 feet away from my old one. I had 2005 E320cdi for a year, but couldn't justify keeping expensive vehicle in the carport for 29 days a month. Still keep the 98 E300td, what is good value for low mileage we drive.
Than E320cdi dropping below $20k are really tempting and as soon as I will need another car this is what I will buy. My only dream would be get that engine in wagon.
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I'm really considering an 80's 300d - any thoughts on those?
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Non turbo? I hope you have lot of time to get to your destination?
That is like 86 HP?
Still excellent choice, just not for hilly CA.
Let me rephrase it.
Excellent choice if you don't care about ABS airbags and other gadgets.

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i'm in flat houston - not a big hurry.

my understanding is once it gets going it's great - just takes a while to get there.

engine is solid as a rock though - right?
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300 is bigger brother of the 240, that Thessaloniki cabbie was driving for 2,400,000 miles.
Whats the mileage on the car now?
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