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Date registered: Nov 2009
Vehicle: 93 300SD & 85 300SD
Location: Chemainus, BC
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Looks like a good site to exchange info as we discover the intricacies and mysteries of this unique line of cars.
I have two, and i use them both In my taxi business on Vancouver Island.
The W123 is an '85 300SD in very good condition, but not perfect. Current issues to work on is the total lack of heat... no blower... used to work once in a while if you kept pushing buttons, but now nothing... need to find out how to take the panel off to get at the switches. Taking off trim to get at stuff is often the most challenging. The key tumblers wore (sp) out and it took almost 3 days to 'break into' the ignition to put in a new tumbler. If i could have turned the key, it would have been a 5 minute job.
It has a front suspension squeek that is driving us crazy...mostly when it is cold, i have replaced most of the front suspension, but it still squeeks, need some mouse traps perhaps.
Newest addition couple of months ago is a beautiful Black W140 '93 300SD I am still afraid of the engine, hearing that they tend to bend con rods and self destruct. It has the same squeek as my W123... most worrysome is the hard shifting, but i think that may be the modulator, perhaps a vacuum leak.
Look forward to exchanging tips along the way.