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What would you pick???

Hi,

I'm looking to buy a vintage Benz pre 77' (115-diesel/108-gas inline)

What I have in mind is really a diesel 115 240D. Although it has manual tranny, these things are still extremely slow right? Since drive in Los Angeles during traffic max speed is around 50 I figure... why not!?!

I had a 79 116 300sd a year ago, and now I'm somewhat regretful that it's gone. I'm getting that diesel itch back.

Please tell me what to look for in a vehicle and what am I getting myself into.

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You're looking for an excuse to spend more money.
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Who needs an excuse?? [:p]

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I'd look for a nice 280C myself, but if you want to go diesel, look for a nice 75/76 300D.

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I'd look for a nice 280C myself, but if you want to go diesel, look for a nice 75/76 300D.
Would be my idea too. Look for a W115 model - means the 88 BHP have less weight to push around. Although you will miss the extra power the turbo in your W116 used to generate. May be a better choice to go for another W116 or early W126?

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BtW we might want to have a bet on who'd be slower - if you get the 240D I'll come over and bring my 1980 Volvo 240GL[:)][:)]

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lol, let's do it.

Yes, I am looking for ways to spend more money, another reason is that I want to drive something with more character. The 116 has that presence.

I'd really like to stick to diesels when I'm dealing with anything vintage. Gasers are really like "toy cars" compared with diesels. Quoted by someone in this forum. It's very true.

So I'm gonna keep looking, while there's a 240d 115 manual for sale nearby. Did US 115 300d offerd stick shift? I'd like to find one. Is it easy to convert a 300 into rebuit stick shift unit from let say... ADSITCO?

What's it like driving a 115? How would you compare to other cars you've driven? Give me an idea....

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No, all 300D U.S. versions were automatic. Adsit is OK as long as you never have to return anything or expect a refund...

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lol, let's do it.

Yes, I am looking for ways to spend more money, another reason is that I want to drive something with more character. The 116 has that presence.

I'd really like to stick to diesels when I'm dealing with anything vintage. Gasers are really like "toy cars" compared with diesels. Quoted by someone in this forum. It's very true.

So I'm gonna keep looking, while there's a 240d 115 manual for sale nearby. Did US 115 300d offerd stick shift? I'd like to find one. Is it easy to convert a 300 into rebuit stick shift unit from let say... ADSITCO?

What's it like driving a 115? How would you compare to other cars you've driven? Give me an idea....

Thank,
Brian
wow...., you'll be thrown back in time, viewing the driving position, a huge steering wheel in front of you with a very thin grip. Auto box has only 3 gears forward, means it can be pretty noisy. An old buddy of mine in NL had a W123 300D with auto box in which I chauffeured him and his wife on their wedding (the Dutch and their budgets...), nice 5 cil grunt and a the old school zooooof feeling of a MB. W115 feel will be similar.


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