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Looking for my first diesel Benz and need some advice

I'm about to take a job that is 320 miles from my house; I will live near my job during the week and commute home during the weekend, all I-10. I currently have an 05 Caravan, 03 Beelte rag and 08 Cummins 3500 4x4; the Bettle is the wifes car and I don't want to tear it up with all the driving. The other 2 just suck my wallet dry. As a low cost alternative I'm looking at an older diesel; low cost being relative as any older Euro brand is cheap to buy, expensive to maintain (have owned a 95 740, 97 Jetta and 03 Beetle; none were exactly good investments) and am fully prepared to get dirty.

The main reason for an older car is the relative simplicity, plus I like the old school Mercedes interiors. These cars were built in a different era when you made all the decisions and were designed to actually be maintained and last. Saying that, I also know that I am buying an older (30 years in some cases) and it may have some issues.

First, am I on the right track? Most are in the 82 - 83 model years (w123?) and look fairly solid, but have crazy high miles; however, they are about $1,800 average, I also found a 92 300d that looks really good, and he's asking $3,800. Are these cars solid enough to take the miles?

Second, how comfortable are they on long trips? 700 miles each weekend will take its toll.

Third, most won't have any sort of maintenance records. If someone can produce them, would it be worth the extra asking cost?

Finally, I have always wanted a diesel Benz. I may keep one if it's in good physical and mechanical shape. It may not be worth much, but at least I'll always be able to get factory parts for it.


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I should also add that cosmetic appearance is not nearly as important as the mechanicals; a dent or bad paint won't put me on the side of the road. So long as the frame is straight, the engine starts and runs smooth, the transmission shifts as it should, the A/C and C/C works everything else is acceptable.
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