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Date registered: Jan 2007
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Some General Mercedes Diesel Questions...
(1)Is the main differance between 190D,240D, and 300D, only the horsepower each has? I am looking at some early to mid 80 models in each of these. (2) All things being equal, such as year and quality and price, which would you purchase? I am a farmer/rancher, and am only familiar with diesel tractors as far as performance and longevity. (3) If I find one of these models in decent shape as far as appearance and repairs, how many miles is too many miles? Better to rephrase this, can a 200K-250K Mercedes still be considered a dependable vehicle? (4) What is normal, as far as oil consumption for these high mileage Mercedes I am referring to? Should there be any blowby in a 200K+ car? Is 1 qt per 1000 miles considered normal, 2qt per 1000 miles? I know the 190 D does probably get the better fuel economy over the 240D and 300D, which is one of my main focus points. I am not looking for a pristene vehicle, just one that can run 20-30 miles per day on parts runs to town, and get me in the 25MPG-30MPG range. Which would you recommend? Like I stated, I am a farmer/rancher, and am used to working on quite a bit of my own equipment, so doing some work on the diesel motors would not seem strange to me. I appreciate any comments and input you may provide.
ADDED> I have found a 1987 190D(2.5) with close to 300K miles on it. Looks to be in decent shape, and the currant owner has explained very thoroughly what he feels the pluses and minuses are of this car. I'd much rather find a car in this kind of condition, closer to the 200K mile range instead of 300K. Is this particular model known for going well over 300K miles? Thanks again, for any responses you may have!
Last edited by coadman; 01-18-2007 at 06:04 PM.