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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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It's kind of apples and oranges... I have a 114 coupe and a 123 wagon. Both are reliable, both can have expensive issues. The 123 being 14 years newer than the coupe has a lot more things to fix. If you want a reliable car to put lots of miles on, a 123 is great. In my situation, it is more comfortable than the 114 but that is probably because the seats are in better condition, the A/C works, etc. For driving, I prefer the 114, but that might just be because the front suspension is in better condition.
I wouldn't go in the direction of 108/109 for a car to put lots of miles on.
If you want simplicity, get a 240 D or a 300 D. If you want to drive over 75 much, get a 300 Turbo Diesel (not a 116 car - more maintenance). If you want to haul stuff, get a 123 wagon.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...