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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-16-2002, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Newer Diesel Model Recommendations?

My F-I-L owns a mid-80's 300D (I think) with 205K miles. It runs and looks beautiful since he has taken great care of it. However, he is afraid that he'll start having maintenance problems because of the age/mileage and wants to upgrade to a newer model. My understanding is that '97 was the last year of diesel MB's in the USA, and a local MB mechanic suggested that these newer diesel engines are problem-ridden (maxing out at about 75K before major problems start showing up). <br> <br> Does anyone have an opinion about the last year MB made an excellent diesel engine and what body style it belongs to? Should he just keep with the current vehicle until it breaks down?
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Re: Newer Diesel Model Recommendations?

The last year for the Diesel was 1999, the E 300 TurboDiesel sedan. Even used these are commanding a huge premium. The car he has should do him well as long as the transmission holds out. The engine is good with routine maintenance for 500,000. If he wants a 'newer' model, look at the 1995 E 300 Diesel--not turbo-charged and very reliable. Plan to pay 18,000 for a good one. Too pricey? Find a late 80's 300 SDL. Huge car, still economical. Plan to pay $8,500 for a good one. I have owned at least one of each of these and can tell you the one he has is the easiest to maintain.
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