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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-15-2012, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie seeks direction

I've owned a LOT of cars, mostly junk, mostly selected solely on price.

Finally i can drive what i want (more or less) I still can't make myself pay a lot for a car and it has to get great MPG because i do a LOT of driving (40K mi/yr)

So i find myself in a 2006 Civic Hybrid. Wonderful car but it is soooo BORING.

In the next few months I plan to dump the Honda and get into an older mercedes.

I want diesel for the MPG and durability, and Mercedes because no one else makes a reliable diesel (except maybe VW)

Target price is $2-3K but i could go higher depending on the answers to the following questions.

- besides the 190D, which models get the best MPG

- Looking at prices it appears that nothing really great was made after about 1990. What's the deal? The 80's cars seems to fetch more money.

- What are the hottest models that comes in diesel, in terms of being sought after and selling quickly?

- And the reverse? - which are the least popular but mechanically sound and able to be had for a great price? Undervalued Bargains (like Volvo 240's used to be)

- I've maintained all my own cars and I sure can't afford to pay an MB mechanic, which models are going to trend toward fewer maintenance challenges?

- Are turbos problematic after a certain age? When I had a Saab the other Saab owners talked a lot about turbo problems.

So far in my research I'm leaning toward a 190D from the mid 80s' but I am very intrigued by the 1995 E300 diesel.

I can't find any explanation for how cheap the E300's are. THey got great reviews, high marks for reliability, yet I see them on craigslist for as little as $4K.

I hope these questions evoke some informative discussion.


Thanks

Dave Silva - Eastern NC
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 12:57 AM
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Hi there.
The 3.0 L straight six is one of the best diesels MB built. MB have had issues with the fuel pump though. Generally Lucas pumps stink and Bosch pumps are good. 190 diesels are all well built cars with great mileage. Mileage for the 300 diesels differs from 10 km/liter for pre 1980 through 12-13 km/liter for post 2000 cars.

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