Date registered: May 2013
Vehicle: 1987 190D 2.5 Turbo
Location: Detroit, Michigan
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Best older diesel Benz to buy?
So, I have been looking at diesel vehicles again, and have settled on an older Mercedes. I figured they have the best build quality, retain their value, and are super reliable.
My current daily driver is an old Saturn SW (wagon) 1998. It gets between 30-40 average. I want something close to that, and have always liked the styling of the W123, and since I have a wagon now, a 300TD.
However, recently I did find a 1987 190D 2.5 turbo (!) on craigslist. I know, it's super rare, and the economy would be closer to what I get now, if not better. I have never (besides a couple moving vans) driven anything larger than a compact, so I don't know if the larger W123 would be more or less comfortable for me.
The asking price for the 190D is $1900, and the only downside I can see is the right front fender, the one with the turbo vents is rusting. I can't tell if it is just surface rust or it has eaten through the metal from the photo, but I hope it's not a hard to find part if I do pop on it.
So, should I get that 190D, or should I hold out for a 1985 300TD?
Oh, I did miss out on someone selling a 1985 300D nearby for $995 on the local craigslist. Looked in excellent condition too. Oh well.
BTW if this is in the wrong forum, feel free to move it. I'm new here.