Date registered: Oct 2009
Vehicle: Daily Drive 82 240D 4 speed
Location: Central Mass.
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I'm only 19 now and bought my first benz! I love it, even though it's 5 years older than me, haha. I bought my 1985 300D turbo diesel because heck, why not? I knew the previous owner who sold it to me for $500, and after putting about $600 in parts into it, i've got it running like a top. I'm not loaded, and didn't want to get stuck in some beat up mid 90's honda civic with a million miles. My benz only had 132,000 which on a diesel meant she was just getting broken in. It does get SLIGHTLY less mpg than the likely honda would but that's a small price to pay when you take in the fact that mine will almost positively outlast them, be far more comfortable while doing so, and even have more luxuries. vinyl interior, power windows, sunroof, central locking, and at 4500lbs, i'd rather be sitting in that than some paper thin import if mrs mom on her cellphone rear ended me at light. (which since the registry told me my benz was a $4900 car, i'd be getting far more in insurance then some other tin can)
plus, it's hard to find a car with more character than a good old w123. I love the styling, and nothing is more entertaining than going out on a date with my girlfriend and watching her reaction when i park my old "panzer tank" next to a brand new benz parked in the far corner by itself (:
"it's more fun to drive a slow car fast then a fast car slow"
1982 240d - DD
1985 300D - pickin and stripping away
1987 300TD - poor beaten work truck