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New to Benz... need guru to guide me on my search.


I just moved from Louisiana to Oregon (near albany) and im looking to get my wife an old benz. Ive never owned one but my grandfather and uncle did. They really liked them and the diesel engine ones seemed indestructable.

so what i really need is someone that can suggest particuliar models that are 1. dependable and 2. inexpensive.

I'll probably be sending you craigslist model numbers that are up for sale and get your opinion on them.

right now i see a 300sd for sale for 1000 that needs a new "timing chain". From my limited understanding it looks like an expensive operation. Can anyone tell me what it might roughtly cost?


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RE: New to Benz... need guru to guide me on my search.

well im not familar with the w126 sedans but the w123 non turbo models are imho the best ever made i have a 77 240D and its VERY easy to work on and it seems indestructable

1977 MB 240D 4 speed 142K - Long term project car.
1991 MB 300TE 5 speed 271K - Back on the road!
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1983 MB 240D 238K - Scrapped
1984 MB 300D 347K? - Sold
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RE: New to Benz... need guru to guide me on my search.

The lowest cost and cheapest to maintain will be the W123 chassis. The 240D the cheapest of those to maintain, however I would recomend the 82-85 300D Turbodiesel.

Fuel milage is better than the early 300D non-turbo. And only marginally worse than the 240D but with a lot more power.


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