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1966 200d?


I'm looking for a new car and I found a 1966 200D on craigslist (http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/car/308036226.html). I've always really liked these cars and had an opportunity to purchase one years ago but decided against it. I'd be using it as a daily driver so i need something decently reliable that gets good gas mileage. I know that these cars a really slow (which is ok) and don't burn too much fuel (which is great!). I'm pretty handy and I've owned several vintage Volvo's so mechanical issues usually aren't a problem for me. I have a few questions to ask. Are the 200 series diesels reasonably reliable? Are parts difficult to find/expensive? In relation to other vintage vehicles are these difficult to work on? what kind of problems should i be aware of when deciding whether to purchase one of these cars? what is a reasonable amount to pay? what kind of fuel economy do these cars typically get? is it realistic to drive one of these cars daily or are they just too slow, unreliable, and/or antiquated. I'm a total newbie to Mercedes Benz's, I just really like the way these cars look and the high fuel economy they reportedly get.

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I would say those diesels are as reliable as the newer 240D used in the W123 chassis, though they don't start as well especially in cold weather (below 32F is iffy). Parts for the engine aren't bad to get, but some of the chassis stuff is getting a lot harder, though the Mercedes dealer can get the important mechanical parts and some of the body parts if you are willing to pay $$$$$$. The key problem with most is rust, especially in the rocker panels, rear wheel wells, front fenders, front bumper support, floor boards, door sills, and trunk area. With a lot of miles, spindle bushings in the front end may need replacing. The manual transmission and rear axle are pretty bulletproof, though the rear end has a boot that may need replacing. The hydraulic clutches on the manuals can leak and not release, but replacing the slave cylinder, master cylinder, or both will fix the problem. I would say working on one is not any worse than a 1960's American car. These cars drive surprisingly well for a 1960's model (I'd say better than the American cars of the time), though they are not a nimble sports cars. Expect around 30 to 35 on the highway, a little less in the city. Top speed is 80 mph, so don't expect to drive it regularly on the 70 or 75 mph interstates. Don't even think about an automatic, as, from what I've heard, are extremely slow to accelerate. Expect to do some tinkering now and then.

I would definitely test drive one before buying. They are 40 year old cars, so don't expect the reliability of a new car. The 200 was also a bare bones cars with few options and modern amenities. But they are definitely a unique looking car against today's selection and can be fun to drive. As far as value, depends a lot on the condition and your location. Rust buckets can be had for a few hundred dollars, but excellent examples may range into the mid to upper 1000's. You could take a look at Ebay and see what they go for, then figure in the "real world" they are worth less than that (Ebay is usually no place for bargains).
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I used to have a 200D , nice car to travel in , smooth suspension , great brakes , good fuel economy .

Rusted away before my eyes , very sad................

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Allow me to add that a 40 year old car may not be the best introduction to the world of Mercedes diesels. You would be much better served by finding a car from the late 70s/early 80s, IMHO. BTW, welcome to BenzWorld!

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I concur. Even the difference between my '75 240D and my '83 is a big improvement. I would drive the '83 anywhere (150 mile roundtrip last night), the '75 not so much. The small convenience items (such as the glow plug process) make the W123 a more enjoyable every day driver.
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