Date registered: May 2012
Vehicle: 1992 300E 3.0L, 4 spd auto
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New here, but Benz Veteran
Glad to be a part of BenzWorld. Let me just say that myself and my family have been appreciating German cars for years. My Grandfather first was infatuated with diesel during the '70s gas crisis, picking up a few efficient VWs here and there. But in the '80s, at the height of the W123's glory, he was the proud owner of a 1980 and 1984 300D. The 1984 survived until this winter, when it was unfortunately totaled by a stray SUV. The thing was a tank, and I miss it. For all the cold-start winter mornings, $4.75 diesel, and rusting wheel wells, it was the best car I've ever owned.
But, life goes on. And new life comes about! With the insurance company's meager compensation, I purchased a mint 1992 300E with 90k. A very clean car it is, and no problems in the months I have owned it so far. But what I love about the 300E is that it is very easy to work on given the accessible I6 M103. The M103 almost screams order and precision. Call me crazy, but I always got an idea of mumbo-jumble and chaos when I peered under the hood of diesel, especially the W123s.
Hence, why I have decided to join BenzWorld. I won't deny, I am somewhat a newbie. For the past month, I've been exploring the engine, learning about the different types of filter, the terminology, etc, thanks to the trove of online information about these cars. I've been blessed with an excellent mechanic who is very fair in pricing, but I would like to be able to do my own maintenance when possible. Changing the oil was somewhat of a milestone for me, but I hope to be able to do most of my own filter and fluid changes eventually.
Hope that my time here is well spent and I am very happy to be with people who value the German engineering in old Mercs!
Last edited by nib18; 05-07-2012 at 07:15 PM.