Originally Posted by JimmyD89
I had recieved a question about this car regarding the actual number of 350SD's produced in 1991. As far as I knew there were 618 of them in '91 and 2066 in total??
Can anyone verify this number?
That's what I've read from the latest issue of the Star magazine. There was a several page spread on an original owner's account of his '91 350SD.
He claims, according to MB, 3 were made in 1990, and 615 were made in 1991 for the United States (which is typically the only market for pre-W140 diesels). Although many of his claims for the 350SD (most economical S-Class W126 diesel, most powerful, etc.) were just untrue. The most economical was the '86 federal 300SDL (as rated by the EPA). The highest power output, again, the '86 300SDL Federal, but the handling gets the nod for the 350SD.
The 350 engine pulls harder than all 300's at any engine speed below 4K rpm after which it runs out of steam. The torque is awesome. And in REAL WORLD DRIVING, the 350 engine does no better or worse than the federal 300SDL. Go figure, I used to average 28 - 29 mpg out of that powerplant. Same mileage as my 300SDL, neck and neck.
I happen to own one of the 618 made 350SDs. They're very, very nice cars when they're running right. And, unfortunately, no common people know that they're such a flawed design. Mines suffered through two non-preventable engine failures. The third engine is a 3.0 liter transplant, which is every bit as good as the 3.5 it replaced (power-wise, anyway).