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#1 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 04:54 PM
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Thinking about purchasing a 1995 E300D

I always like to purchase things that are worth my dollar and I've heard this car is awesome. Things like: its a tank, doesn't die, drives smooth, great fuel mileage and so on. What I need and would like from you is your all's input. Is it really a tank (meaning unkillable)? Is it reliable? What is the average fuel mileage? How does it ride? What kind of maintenance does it require? and How often? And then just your personal thoughts will be appreciated. Thanks and looking forward to hearing for you guys.
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448,000 miles, 33MPG. I change the oil every 5000 miles. Replaced just about everything at some time or another. Still rides great, I drive 150 miles/day. It is a tank!
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448,000 miles, 33MPG. I change the oil every 5000 miles. Replaced just about everything at some time or another. Still rides great, I drive 150 miles/day. It is a tank!
awesome, thanks. any upgrades or performance add ons?
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I second the earlier post. I've had mine for about 2.5 years now. Bought it with 48K on the clock. Now it is at 70K, and it is rock solid once the usual age related issues are sorted such as glow plugs, fuel lines, wiring harness, steering & suspension, etc.

I get high 30s MPG. Range about 750mi with highway speeds, once even close to 800mi. Low fuel light comes on at 700 and I go for about another 50 miles before refilling.

I replaced my injection pump with a Euro spec OM603 pump and I run a custom fuel blend of high-sulfur diesel & jet fuel. The tail pipe smells more like a turboprop plane than a car.

Also removed the oxidation catalyst and got a noticeable performance boost. The car gets it best mileage & comes alive at 75MPH.

The hardest part is finding a nice example. The nicest ones are expensive, but well worth it in the long run if you are in the market for a W124 diesel.

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I second the earlier post. I've had mine for about 2.5 years now. Bought it with 48K on the clock. Now it is at 70K, and it is rock solid once the usual age related issues are sorted such as glow plugs, fuel lines, wiring harness, steering & suspension, etc.

I get high 30s MPG. Range about 750mi with highway speeds, once even close to 800mi. Low fuel light comes on at 700 and I go for about another 50 miles before refilling.

I replaced my injection pump with a Euro spec OM603 pump and I run a custom fuel blend of high-sulfur diesel & jet fuel. The tail pipe smells more like a turboprop plane than a car.

Also removed the oxidation catalyst and got a noticeable performance boost. The car gets it best mileage & comes alive at 75MPH.

The hardest part is finding a nice example. The nicest ones are expensive, but well worth it in the long run if you are in the market for a W124 diesel.
Thanks a lot. I'm looking at one that has 85k miles on it. It was wrecked before, way back in '97. History report says severe front damage with blown airbags. But i figure since it is certified, has been running fine for 13 years and still has a clean title then it is safe. Especially since it is in tip top condition. So does anyone have ideas on what a reasonable price other than what KBB says.
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I paid $3500 for mine with 238k on the clock and most of the suspension wear parts needing replacement. It's now got 245k and no breakdowns or maintenance other than replacing worn suspension parts. It's a tank, all right. And when you hit a smooth patch of highway at about 80, it's like riding a cloud.

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I paid $3500 for mine with 238k on the clock and most of the suspension wear parts needing replacement. It's now got 245k and no breakdowns or maintenance other than replacing worn suspension parts. It's a tank, all right. And when you hit a smooth patch of highway at about 80, it's like riding a cloud.
Very nice. I like what i hear so far.
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Thanks a lot. I'm looking at one that has 85k miles on it. It was wrecked before, way back in '97. History report says severe front damage with blown airbags. But i figure since it is certified, has been running fine for 13 years and still has a clean title then it is safe. Especially since it is in tip top condition. So does anyone have ideas on what a reasonable price other than what KBB says.
Try to find out how much damage was done & who did what repairs. I'd be really skeptical of any vehicle that has major front end damage. Depending on the extent of the damage, some suspension & steering components may never be able to go back to factory spec. In a major front end collission, make sure you pay extra to a 3rd party vehicle inspector to go over the whole car with a toothcomb to give you the real story. Don't get emotionally attached until you've been told that it's worth signing for.

At this point, the only thing that's certified is that it was involved in a major collission. If there is/was frame damage, the car should have been totaled out by the insurance company. In other words, there is no such thing as a replacement frame. At a minimum, the front end suspension & steering probably got damaged and should have been replaced. So make sure at least that work got done.
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Try to find out how much damage was done & who did what repairs. I'd be really skeptical of any vehicle that has major front end damage. Depending on the extent of the damage, some suspension & steering components may never be able to go back to factory spec. In a major front end collission, make sure you pay extra to a 3rd party vehicle inspector to go over the whole car with a toothcomb to give you the real story. Don't get emotionally attached until you've been told that it's worth signing for.

At this point, the only thing that's certified is that it was involved in a major collission. If there is/was frame damage, the car should have been totaled out by the insurance company. In other words, there is no such thing as a replacement frame. At a minimum, the front end suspension & steering probably got damaged and should have been replaced. So make sure at least that work got done.
I fix vehicles that have been salvaged by insurance companies and have had frame damage, so i know my way around damaged cars and this one was a high quality fix. If it had been a bad fix the car would have had problems within 5 years and wouldn't be running today. So the point is that i am very confident in the integrity of the car.
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The car already gave up its life once to protect its occupants, as the MB engineers intended. It can't be expected to do the same again, no matter how good the repair job may have been.

Unlike a Hollywood action movie where the hero dies at the end & somehow gets re-incarnated a couple of years later, cars are simply not designed that way. You cannot recycle/fix crumple zones. It's a safety issue, and hence the reason why insurance companies won't repair any vehicle that has sustained frame damage.

My life is worth far more than any vehicle could be, so I will never buy or drive a car that has sustained frame damage.

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