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Post Thinking about purchasing a w108 or w114

So i wanna pick up an old benz and im between a few, hopefully you guys could share your knowledge on these with me and help me decide which is right.

1) 1975 W114 280c. One owner, seems to be in perfect condition. Owner says its flawless. They want $4,900. The only thing throwing me off from this is the solex carb that ive read is extremely problematic.

2) 1972 W114/W115 220d. Female driven, New original color respray (looks really good) One small crack on dash, No A/C (compressor broke). I've heard people say these cars arent worth anything but i dont understand why. I like the fact that it doesnt have power windows etc. They want $4,500.

3) 1972 W108 - the ad doesnt say which model it is but there is a pic with the hood open and its a V8 so im assuming its the 280 with the 4.5. the ad isnt very descriptive but the car looks really good and the owner said it runs good and a/c and everything works. They are asking $5,000

Which one of these do you guys think i should go with. For some reason i like the simplicity o the 220d but i love the look and the V8 of the w108. I dont know. Is there anything specific id have to look out on for each of these models?

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Hold out for a W115 240d stick or a 300d NA.
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thanks for your input, why hold out for a 240d? whats so different than the 220d? And as for the 300d, arent those W123? Not really a fan of w123.

Here's a pic of the 220d from the ad, looks really nice.


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I am biased of course but I too would say hold out for a w115 240D. I am finding that working on this model is extremely easy and intuitive and parts are easy to come by so far.

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Thanks, my question is what could be so different from the 240d to the 220d? I could be wrong but i feel like they cant be that different

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Hi Ducaud.
I don't know too much about the w114/5 series but I can in all honesty say the W108 is awesome! I heard the 220d is a bit slow but on the other hand very reliable. I'm not really a fan of the old diesels but hey, it's a Mercedes-Benz after all. It all depends on what your plans for the car are. The w108 is considerably bigger car and I find the drive more relaxing than the w114/5. The w114/5 series has a more exhilarating drive to it, its more manouverable and you can really throw her around, well within limits of course. If you want a big luxury Mercedes the W108 your best bet, if you want a nible little Mercedes then the W114/5 is the one. My best advice is to get your hands on both those models you are considering and take them both for a drive if possible. Feel which one speaks to you, which one really gets your blood pumping. Get up close and experience them for what they have to offer.
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The 240d has the OM616 engine, which was used in the W123 chassis as well -- that makes it easy to get parts. The 220d has the rarer OM615 engine. You also get a little more power in a 240d, although not much more. Again, I'd suggest a manual transmission because of the limited power from either engine.

There are W115 300d's out there, and they are pretty adequately powered, although not turbocharged.



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Hi Ducaud.
I don't know too much about the w114/5 series but I can in all honesty say the W108 is awesome! I heard the 220d is a bit slow but on the other hand very reliable. I'm not really a fan of the old diesels but hey, it's a Mercedes-Benz after all. It all depends on what your plans for the car are. The w108 is considerably bigger car and I find the drive more relaxing than the w114/5. The w114/5 series has a more exhilarating drive to it, its more manouverable and you can really throw her around, well within limits of course. If you want a big luxury Mercedes the W108 your best bet, if you want a nible little Mercedes then the W114/5 is the one. My best advice is to get your hands on both those models you are considering and take them both for a drive if possible. Feel which one speaks to you, which one really gets your blood pumping. Get up close and experience them for what they have to offer.
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I know the 220d is a bit slow i dont mind that at all. I just want a nice cruiser. How is the w108 in terms of reliability and difficulty to work on etc?

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Difference between the 220D and the 240D is the power.The 220D has a 2.2 L (2197 cc) version with the same 87 mm bore but a longer 92.4 mm stroke. Power output of 59 hp (45 kW) and 93ft lb of torque. The 240D OM616 engine is a 2.4 L (2404 cc) engine with the power output of 65 hp (48 kW).
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The 240d has the OM616 engine, which was used in the W123 chassis as well -- that makes it easy to get parts. The 220d has the rarer OM615 engine. You also get a little more power in a 240d, although not much more. Again, I'd suggest a manual transmission because of the limited power from either engine.

There are W115 300d's out there, and they are pretty adequately powered, although not turbocharged.



There are W115 300d's out there
thanks for the info i did not know that. Power is no issue at all for me as this wont be my daily driver. Is the 220d really that much harder to find parts for? Id love a W115 240d but i cant find one. And i dont want to buy some clunker. I just spoke to the owner of the 220d and he said the lowest he could go was maybe $4,000. It does look really nice and has a lot of maintenance done, brakes, valve adjustment, more. (he is going to send me the service records tomorrow)

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