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I really love the look of the 300SEL. Which are the most reliable years to consider. Any options to avoid?
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What chassis? There's at least 3 different 300SELs.
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What chassis? There's at least 3 different 300SELs.
was there a w140 300SEL?
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I really love the look of the 300SEL. Which are the most reliable years to consider. Any options to avoid?
Welcome.

There is a W109 300SEL as well. That is probably not the car you are talking about or that would necessarily be a good idea. The W109 has air bag suspension that is quite hard to maintain. That body style was last produced in '72.

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Model shown in the bottom of "300E rida" picture bar far right of the three cars pictured (black on black is stunning). Are these cars just murder to keep in proper order or do they run like a top?
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Model shown in the bottom of "300E rida" picture bar far right of the three cars pictured (black on black is stunning). Are these cars just murder to keep in proper order or do they run like a top?
It takes maintainance that is for sure! The 300E, 300SE, and 300SEL (the latter 2 being w126 chassis) have M103 engines. As a general rule, figure timing chain every 100K miles and top end at 200K. I spoke to the owner of the machine shop that did my cylinder head and he had the same thoughts on these numbers.

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was there a w140 300SEL?
Yes, several members here have 1992-93 300SELs.
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