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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 09:47 AM
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W210 300TD will have far better road holding, ride better and be more spacious than a 123 which really is a classic car now
Not to mention better fuel economy .. by about 50%
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The 123 altho dated was the best
the 126 is second in line
the 210 is flimsy the top flexes in the car wash, and it has a horible rust problem
my 140 is a great car no rust but expensive to maintain
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Peter Guenther,

I stoutly agree that the W110 is JUNK & the W140, while NICE, is too complicated for me to maintain myself.
The W123 is SIMPLE & TOUGHER than nails but relatively CRUDE & SLOW.
My personal choice is the 300SDL, as it has the 6 cylinder diesel & I CAN maintain it myself.

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My vote is for a nice W126 300SDL. Lots of room and enough power.
mine is still around with way over 333K miles... Do some research on what to look out for and get a good example with. Service history...
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Peter Guenther; All,

BTW, if TOUGHNESS & LONG years of cheap driving is what is MOST important to you, a Euro-spec 300 NON-turbo with a 5-speed manual is about as bulletproof as cars come.
(I have an acquaintance in Coral Springs, FL, who is a "traveling salesman" for a meat-packing firm, & his 300D has well over a MILLION MILES on it. - The head has never been off of the engine. - Bobby told me last summer that he long ago lost count of how many sets of tires that he's worn-out on that little green car, while driving from the Atlantic coast to the LA/TX border.)

FWIW, my little 300D Euro is driven 5 days a week by my adopted niece back and forth to college (about 5-600 miles a week) for 4 years & the 300D is on its 2nd automatic transmission rebuild. The engine is FINE.
(I have no idea how many miles are on the car, as the odometer quit several years ago at about 300K & I never had it fixed.)

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post #26 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 04:33 PM
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Back to the OP--AVOID any car with rust. Typically, if you can see it "peeking" through the paint or see paint bubbles, you have hidden trouble. Even more so if there are perforations in panels.

Years ago my father, who drove the BIG Mercurys (with Lincoln engines) had an exhaust rumble in one of his Merauders. He took it to the shop and they put it on a lift. The tail end stayed put for the first foot or so when they lifted it--the frame had rusted through from the top and the exhaust was not flexing as much as the frame was. The exterior of the car looked great, but the "salt" on the roads had had its way after several years.

You can find many "clean" cars that need mechanical help without taking on the additional structural issues that are frequently caused by rust...

Exception to the rule--surface rust on the exterior found on many cars that come out of the Southwest. But then, you have to be on the lookout for crumbling rubber/vinyl pieces (including tires), regardless of the make of the car.

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I have been auto shopping and looked at a few of the W210 E300. Either the prior owners were complete idiots who never did any updates or maintenance, or the cars are of very poor quality. The paint failed, the rubber bits were shot, seals rotting, carpet and switches non functional. Rust on panels and at joints.

The E500 cars were a little better, but i still found the same issues, just not as complete wear. I will grant the E300s had actually broken their engines in with at least 200k on the clock. Prices were rather high for what they were trying to peddle.

Given the repair costs on a w210, am thinking a W220 will give a plusher experience with the same shop fees.
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