Date registered: Jan 2014
Vehicle: W123 1985
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1982 and 1985 Mercedes Estates - advice on which to buy please!
I am debating buying either a:
Mercedes W123 280T Estate (1985), 2.8 litre engine
Mercedes 200T Estate (1982)
They are both neck and neck in terms of practicality for what I want to use them for, and condition. However, I'm finding it difficult to find out some specs online and it's now too late to call the dealers for advice (would prefer impartial advice anyway). So my questions are:
1. The 280T seems to only get 19mpg compared to the 200T which gets 26 or 23mpg (conflicting websites). Is this right? It seems like a big difference for two cars which are very similar?
2. What litre engine is the 200T likely to have - does not say in the ad and I forgot to ask the dealer. Was there a standard size or several different ones?
3. What does the T stand for in 200T - is it just a model type or is it to do with a turbo engine?
4. Sellers are asking £4,550 for the 280TE and £5950 for the 200T. Given that both cars have reasonable milage (about £150,000 miles each), and both apparently run very well and are reliable and well looked after etc, and both ook in great condition in terms of rust, chrome, bodywork, etc - are these fair prices to pay for them? Is the 200T actually worth more?
I am booked to view & drive them later this week, but would like to have all the facts straight before I turn up in case they are both good...
Thank you to anyone who may be able to help me make a decision!