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Best/Most Reliable Older Benz

Hey guys,

So I sold my 300TE quite a while ago, and even though it was a pain in the butt, I loved it.

I'm not in the market for another Benz anytime soon, but I'm really wanting to get another one in the future. Hopefully this time one that has been up kept a little better.

So, my question is, what is the most reliable in terms of EVERYTHING (electrical, mechanical, etc) benz to purchase? I'm talking about mid-70s to late 80s.

I had no issues with my 300TE's motor or transmission, it was mostly the electricals that were the big issue. So is there anything like it, but with a little less electrical issues?

Yes, I know, its German and its going to happen, but what seems to be most "immune"?

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Hey guys,

So I sold my 300TE quite a while ago, and even though it was a pain in the butt, I loved it.

I'm not in the market for another Benz anytime soon, but I'm really wanting to get another one in the future. Hopefully this time one that has been up kept a little better.

So, my question is, what is the most reliable in terms of EVERYTHING (electrical, mechanical, etc) benz to purchase? I'm talking about mid-70s to late 80s.

I had no issues with my 300TE's motor or transmission, it was mostly the electricals that were the big issue. So is there anything like it, but with a little less electrical issues?

Yes, I know, its German and its going to happen, but what seems to be most "immune"?

Thanks!
You will not do any better than a mid series W124 (300e from '88 to '91. Stay away from 4 matic but otherwise they don't get any better in terms of durability and maintainability
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You will not do any better than a mid series W124 (300e from '88 to '91. Stay away from 4 matic but otherwise they don't get any better in terms of durability and maintainability
Even more-so than a W123?


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Even more-so than a W123?
I like the W123's a lot. In terms of overall maintainability and reliability, they are very good, especially if you do your own work.

They loose a few points due to their problematic and over designed climate control system.
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I like the W123's a lot. In terms of overall maintainability and reliability, they are very good, especially if you do your own work.

They loose a few points due to their problematic and over designed climate control system.
Yeah, I had issues with my 300TE's climate system. Really the main reason I got rid of it. The heater failing in the winter doesn't make for a good time.

Just have to step up and pay a little extra for one really well maintained I suppose.


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My choices --

My choices in order

1) '86 or '87 300SDL - love that OM603 - I got well over 380,000 miles on it before the wife took it in the divorce

2) ANYTHING with the OM617 in it (300D, 300DT, 300SD) that engine is dead on reliable as well - I put 200K on a car that already had 140K on it

For body type I like the W126 for the size and safety features. The W123 is simpler to work on, but it is very early 1970's technology while the W126 was designed in the late 1970's. I have a friend whose ex (wife at the time) got drunk and drove her W126 300SDL off the road and into a tree flipping it over at what was estimated as 75+MPH. Not only was she not hurt badly, but the safety cage worked as designed and the doors all opened! The local MB dealer bought it to putin his showroom with a sign that said "she lived"

If you want to work on the car yourself, either one will do. I would stay away from the ACC II (evil servo) climate control systems, the later ones are much more reliable and easier to work on.


The more modern W124 is also a great choice... I would not turn down an OM603 powered 300D

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My 300SEL never had any electrical issues for all the years I owned it. Since you had no issues with your 300TE, I would consider this.

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