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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-23-2008, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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old and slow

well, i just sold a 66 beetle with a 1300cc 40 hp motor, so 62hp is a step up! mind you the bug only weighs 1100 kg! slow and old is fine with me, as long as it's reliable.
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115 300D

I had one of these and it was one of my favorites. Bear in mind those cars are in the 30 year old range. I think $2000 is high for a car that old if not a valuable fully restored antique. The 115s are daily drivers for most owners. The only reason I can think of for them being low (relatively) priced compared to other Benz is that the diesels are pre-turbo and are, well, slugs.
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I was watching a W114 230 on ebay australia this week. It ran, but the brakes were stuffed. Only a little bit of rust. It sold for $86.
I think in Australia that most people grew up with Holdens and Fords, not benzes. So now when people get nostalgic as they age, they have a soft spot for the old carrs of their youth. So they buy them for themselves or their kids. The benzes just ignored.

A mate who has had lots of all sorts of benzes, when asked how he ranked the various models, came up with the W116 450SEL 6.9 in #1 spot, followed by the W114 280E (M110 motor). As he took for a bash around his paddock in one, he explained how it had good suspension deisng, plenty of power in the motor, integrated A/C so it was a bit tidier, and was cheap.

He has sold a whole lot of them to the middle east - they still love them over there.
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The USA didn't get 280E's so most Americans wouldn't understand what good car a 280 E is.Instead they got the shocking 240 D,which was really a taxi base model car. They ARE WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR ABILITY TO RUN OVER 1 MILLION MILES ,so reliability isn't a factor but neither is fuel economy.
Diesel is a lot more expensive than gasolene these days and now that OPEC is attempting to manipulate the market (AGAIN!) we can expect it to go higher in price. So it's really pointless trying to buy a 40 year old diesel and expect it to be cheap to run because it won't be. It's a vintage car and it will be worn out. A good W123 300TD will fetch an easy $10,000 now because they are more modern,easier to maintain car than the W115.
You would be far better off locating a W201 190D which will do close to 100MPH and do 60MPG and $2000 should buy you a good one with service history. You can even uprate them with the 2.9 turbo diesel from the sprinter.
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Great cars, they drive like modern vehicles. The coupes are stylish and the fuel injected models go like stink.

It should make a great driver. Watch out for rust. Carb models can be problematic.

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I have both a 108 and a 114 and I don't have problems with either. The 108 was purchased new by my Dad in 1967, and I purchased the 114 in 1986 (second "real" owner). I just rebuilt the carb. on the 114....no big deal. It's almost identical to a Rochester 4MV on early GM vehicles. Kit's/parts are readily available and reasonable. The only real problem with the one I rebuilt was the float was going bad and it would occasionally flood the engine. Lowering the float level worked for a while. Not bad for a 35 year old vehicle. What kind of problems is everyone having?
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the w114 is a great car and lots of fun to drive. i get looks everywhere i take it and has not given me any sorts of problems since ive owned it. i make sure i clean the carburators with curburator cleaner every once in while and the car turns on everytime even when cold. it drives like a tank and has style.a great car for a great price.definitely recommend a w114.
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My W114 coupe is great, its the 180bhp 280ce and is no slug even at over 30 years old cos they are not as haevy as they look (1400kg) mines been reliable, its my daily driver and gets used for everything including hauling parts for other cars, the boot is massive.

Fuel economy isnt great at 20mpg if you take it easy but i put up with that for the style and comfort, they are pretty cheap over here too, but then so are most old Benz's as people are frightened of the repair costs, mines been pretty cheap, certainly no more expensive than a modern car and a lot of parts are rebuildable anyway, they can go really badly rusty though so watch out for that.

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hello. yeah, mine doesn't show any signs of rust anywhere. i bought it from an old lady that took very good care of it and always kept it garaged. i really feel like i got too much car for the price. its very reliable and stylish although some people on this site seem to disagree. i really dont want to do too much to the car that would take away that classic look, but i do want to tint the windows and put some mercedes rims. can anyone tell me what type of mercedes rims and tires would go perfect on this car. i dont want to buy some that are not going to fit right.thank.s

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The 1975 MB 280C is car that looks good even after 30 years.. It is built like a tank, although the 5 MPH bumpers looks ugly.. But that's the way it is sold.. I just got one from E-Bay for $200.00. I was the only bidder.. Heck I spend that much in bar bills for one long night of beer drinking..
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