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Buy the one with less rust.
I have owned a 75 240D manual and a 72 250 auto. Both are good cars, niether are what I would call fast. I prefer the manual transmission. I sold the 240D with 350,000 miles in 1990. She was running strong, but with very little left of the floorboards. I still have the 250 with 225,000 miles and although she is not rust free she is still very solid.
In my experience rust is what kills the 114s' and 115s'
Regarding reliability, both are very reliable with proper maintenance. That said I would say the diesel was more reliable, only because the dual carbs on the gas engiens can be difficult to tune.
If you are worried about the fuel cost of gas vs. diesel buy a corolla.
Last edited by silver Inspiration; 10-11-2011 at 10:51 AM.