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If the 240TD and 280TE Were Imported to the U.S.

Is it true that the W123-based 240TD and 280TE wagons weren't imported to the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz of North America due to voluntary import quotas? I didn't include the 230TE and 250TE wagons as the respective engines in those two wagons weren't available in the U.S. on any Benz model in the 1977-85 period.

But if ever they had been, legally, then of the two I could only see the 280TE with its 2.8-liter fuel-injected gas six as having the most potential of being sold here since we Americans also had the 280E and 280SE sedans and the 280CE coupe, all of which were dropped from the U.S. market after 1981 in favor of expanding on the diesel lineup to make the intermediate-sized 300D and 300CD both turbo diesel models, which seemed a little late in the game since 1981 was the year in which not only was the 300TD wagon given a turbocharged engine, but also when diesel cars in the U.S. had enjoyed their finest hour in contributing up to 6 percent of all car sales (both domestically-made and imported) and, like a sinking ship, sales of diesel cars had fell down since then.

The 240TD diesel wagon would not be quite as desirable over the 280TE since being a wagon, it would carry a little more weight than the already-slow 240D sedan and the 1979-80 300TD (non-turbo diesel).

Do you folks think the 280TE and 240TD could've had potential in the U.S. and Canada?

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I do think they would have. Wagons were still selling. It was the before the era of minivans and SUVs exploding in the market.
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The 240TD, especially by American standards, was considerably slower than already frozen molasses trying to flow uphill in Bemidji, MN, in mid-February.
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Well, back in 1980's and 1990's I drove 44 HP Volkswagen diesel pickup. Would love to have 70 HP turbo version of those, but those were not imported to USA.
Why diesel Peugeot were discontinued in USA? Was it voluntary? They seem to have their group of fans and check the prices small VW with diesel still hold. 50 mpg back in 1980's was not that common in USA
Than if you recall a decade ago the highest publicity was focus on 7 mph Hummers and 8 mpg Excursions. "You deserve"
Sounds very political to me.

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Yup, Peugeot left the market on their own. Just not enough sales to justify the cost of keeping up a dealer network.
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Yup, Peugeot left the market on their own. Just not enough sales to justify the cost of keeping up a dealer network.
By the time they left they offered only two models: the 405 and the 505 Wagon (which by then was over a decade old). They wondered why there were no sales.

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Very true. I did see a 505 diesel around our town that seemed to last forever which freaked me out because the guy driving it looked like a hippie and. Eventually we stopped seeing the car in mid 80s so he either moved or the car gave up.
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I did own 2 of 405.
Electric windows, brake pads with sensors and few other things. Not bad for cheap (at lest for me) car back in 1980's.
One had extra tank in the trunk. Range 1200 miles.

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