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Dear Merc lovers, just need ur views which Merc model is the easiest or less troublesome to maintain? There r many w124, 126 etc lovers around the world. The more wealthy lovers will buy the cla, c, e n newer s class........ But in ur honest opinion...which Merc car model is really a good benchmark car....
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An Indy I use occasionally seems to have high regard for the W124 cars. At one time there were 5 people involved in that shop driving W124's.
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At one time there were 5 people involved in that shop driving W124's.

that can be interpret in several ways.
I did own 2 of W124 and even I did admire them at the time, the diesels of the era were light years before W210 with 3 liter TD.
Digital cars still do have troubles with finding qualified repairmen, but electronics is the future.

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A 124 300d must be one of the best.

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For simplicity and reliability a W123 240D would be the best, especially if it had roll down windows, no sunroof, manual seats and climate control,etc.

I would prefer a Diesel W126, having had both an OM617 and OM603 powered car, but you need to deal with automatic climate control issues, sunroof and window problems, and so on. The more complex the car the more hinges that can and will go wrong. One good thing about the Diesel engined 126's is that since the engine bay was designed for a V8, there is plenty or room under there when dealing with the straight block engine.
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A 124 300d must be one of the best.
I think the NA 300d is the most annoying engine Mercedes ever manufactured.
While the 134 HP looks good on paper, in real life you have to rev 5000 rpm just to "get there" .
Not something you'd expect from diesel.

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Diesel. From 1968-1995. I would vote for the OM615, which is dead slow, but near bullet proof. The w126 or w123 with an OM617 Turbo is a decent option, but the W126 LWB with an OM603 is really sweet. The early W124 diesels are ok, but the peak of that model is the '95 with OM606. No biodegradable wire, excellent mileage and all the safety features.

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Generally speaking, the most trouble-free will be a new one...until it gets older.

If you are talking used, then I'd place more bets on a car that's between well-maintained than one of a particular model or vintage.

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