Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: '87 300TD/'90 300D/'94 Quattro/'89 Vanagon
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A tuned diesel produces gobs of torque off the line. One of the 124 gurus who's also a 500E maven likens his tuned '87 300D to the latter off the line and until around 30 mph when the big V8 overtakes and maintains the lead. If the bulk of your driving is around town, then a diesel is just killer for push you back in the seat fun. If the bulk of it is commuting distances, then you'll appreciate the fuel economy too. I've owned 115 and 123 diesels, and the 124 versions aren't even remotely comparable.