Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 2014 E250 Bluetec 4-Matic, 1983 240D 4-Speed
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I gave my kids all MB's that were built in same year they were born, or earlier. They all learned to drive on a manual transmission equipped 240D. Nothing better to teach a kid on - you absolutely have to learn to pay attention or you won't be able to complete a pass, get up and over hills, etc. And it is near impossible to give into temptation to show off to your buddies when you are driving a 240D, unless they appreciate the skillful operation of the controls on such a vehicle, as anything else is just not happening.
Once they mastered the 240D, all of them elected to get a 190E 2.3-16, also manual transmission versions. While these are much more rugged than you might suspect, as they approach 150,000 miles they, one way or another, demand some attention that requires removal and repair of the cylinder head (done at 205,000 miles on the first, my old car to repair a burned exhaust valve caused by neglecting to adjust the valves, 155,000 miles due to a failed thermostat and subsequent overheating that blew the head gasket, and then one at about 175,000 miles due to a distributor drive intermediate shaft bearing failure). Getting pretty good with those cylinder heads. And the self leveling rear suspension. But other than that, and the A/C, these machines are pretty rugged and reliable.
Males are scary behind the wheel, and the time with a 240D was good for all my kids, including my daughter. Jim