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Date registered: Apr 2008
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W116 vs W114 - advice?
I've been weighing this question up for a long time, and am finally getting close to a decision.
I'm looking at buying an old Benz as a daily driver. Not doing huge milage or anything, but need something to reliably get me there and back. I'm not expecting completely trouble or cost free motoring - if I was, I'd buy a two year old Japanese car. So, please avoid the comments along the lines of "go buy a W124".
Fuel economy is not a huge issue.
This is probably at the top of the list. I know that the carbs cause problems - but how bad are they? I've basically been told not to touch a carburetor fed example. I have a low milage (just under 100,000 miles), fully serviced, great condition example in my sights. These are cheap cars to buy, I love the shape.
Does anyone own a 250 or 280 that I could have a chat with?
Pros: Cheap to buy, love the look, plenty around that fit the bill.
Cons: Hard to find an injected example, carbs cause problems, under powered.
I'm quite keen on the idea of a W116, would look at both 280s and 450s. Probably the most reliable of all my choices. However, it seems as good as impossible to find one in a decent colour combination - I don't want thistle green, and I don't want a tan interior - this limits my options considerably.
Pros: Plentiful. Fuel injected, and even in 2.8 form, there's enough power. Fully optioned - cruise control, sunroof, etc, are all there. Relatively modern, well engineered car.
Cons: Heavy on fuel. Hard to find a decent colour combination. Definitely the least classic in appearance. Possibly a little large (not a huge problem though).
Basically, I'd love to hear people's opinions - I'm returning to Australia in a month, and have driven a W116, but not a W114.