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what derivatives are available, and what are the fuel consumptions?

also, what do i look out for when purchasing one?

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Basically 2 choices - 300SD/ 300SDL (same engine short or long body) or the 350SDL "puke- mobile". Obviously the last one you don't want. However I doubt a 350SDL would make it all the way over there without blowing up. 300Sds are on the roads in Europe and they are bulletproof - just look out for rust and overall condition etc. like on any Mercedes.
 

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350SDL's are good if you have one with the newer 3.5L crate engine with reinforced connecting rods. Since the transplant, the car has been anything but a "pike-mobile". Just my two cents.

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what about fuel consumption on the 2 types, and is there a turbo diesel available
 

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All diesel W126s were turbo'ed, except some conversions from gassers to diesel done in the U.K. I saw a conversion on eBay U.K. that had a non turboed 617 in it.
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My '81 300SD gets between 29-32 MPG city driving.

Once the turbo spools, you'll have enough power for any modern application on the road.

I love my 300SD, and I second the rust comment - this year I am dumping $500 in rust inspection/prevention and touch up even though to the naked eye it looks flawless - well worth it. Locally, these go for about $12,000 cdn and the earlier ones are sought after for the increadable turbo 5.

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is that green rare on the W126 i rarely see that color around on the w126?
 

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I think H-Town's 126 is also green.

As far as a whole, I havn't seen another 126 this color in person and rarely in pictures.

It also has green velour interior, which I am glad because velour is nice as I only like the late 126's leather style.

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The first gen 81 to 85 was the best. The 3.0 L 5 cylinder engine was not the most powerful at 123/125 bhp but it was indestructible. Valve adjustments and oil changes are all they need. It’s best to find a car with service records – watch out for front end and suspension problems. The only problem is diesel’s more than gas.
 

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Mine has been garaged since Nov. and I drove past the place where I usually buy my diesel. HOLY SHIT!!!!! ($2.17/gal) Just another reason to sell her and buy that 400E I've been lusting after.
 

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The green is very rare in the U.S., but there are many in Germany and Austria.
 

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jdc1244a - 2/8/2005 9:05 PM

The first gen 81 to 85 was the best. The 3.0 L 5 cylinder engine was not the most powerful at 123/125 bhp but it was indestructible.
You're correct. The most powerful diesel engine in the w126's was the 3.5 six cylinder in the 350sd/sdl. The '86-'87 six cylinder diesels are very good cars. They came in the 300sdl for only those two years. Long wheel base, very comfortable, and smooth. Repairs can be costly, like any other Benz. The six cylinder diesel cars have a bad rep for overheating. But not all people I've seen posting on the various MB Forums have experienced this. I haven't, thank God.

But the easiest w126 diesels to work on are the '81-'85 five cylinder diesels. You can find parts for that engine (617) almost at any pick-n-pull.
Very user-friendly motor.
 

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jdc1244a - 2/8/2005 9:05 PM

The first gen 81 to 85 was the best. The 3.0 L 5 cylinder engine was not the most powerful at 123/125 bhp but it was indestructible.
You're correct. The most powerful diesel engine in the w126's was the 3.5 six cylinder in the 350sd/sdl. The '86-'87 six cylinder diesels are very good cars. They came in the 300sdl for only those two years. Long wheel base, very comfortable, and smooth. Repairs can be costly, like any other Benz. The six cylinder diesel cars have a bad rep for overheating. But not all people I've seen posting on the various MB Forums have experienced this. I haven't, thank God.

But the easiest w126 diesels to work on are the '81-'85 five cylinder diesels. You can find parts for that engine (617) almost at any pick-n-pull.
Very user-friendly motor.
 

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w108 - 2/8/2005 7:46 PM

I think H-Town's 126 is also green.

As far as a whole, I havn't seen another 126 this color in person and rarely in pictures.

It also has green velour interior, which I am glad because velour is nice as I only like the late 126's leather style.

Tory
Yes, it's green, #881, thistle green metallic, rare color in the U.S. with an extra rare #236 green leather interior. I think a green leather interior had to be a special order since I have seen leather swatches from 1981 model year MBs, and #236 is not an option.
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That is definently incorrect. Although logically a 3.5 liter engine should make more power than the 3.0 liter engine, in this instance, that is not the case. The 3.0 inline 6 found in the 300sdl was the most powerful diesel engine available in a w126 with 148 hp. The 3.5 liter engine only make 134 hp. Increasing emissions regulations in the US market caused the loss of horsepower.



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However, the new crate engine from Mercedes-Benz that I have in my car is one from a W140 3.5L and its output was also rated at 148 hp, an increase from 134 hp from the original 3.5L engine.

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The 3.0 L six is a fine engine provided a po did not overheat the aluminum head and the trap oxidizer has been replaced; the problems of the 3.5 L are, sadly, well documented. I’d gladly give up the extra 25 hp or so for the all iron 617 that’s as tough as the car it drives.
 

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jdc1244a - 2/9/2005 7:07 AM

The 3.0 L six is a fine engine provided a po did not overheat the aluminum head and the trap oxidizer has been replaced; the problems of the 3.5 L are, sadly, well documented. I’d gladly give up the extra 25 hp or so for the all iron 617 that’s as tough as the car it drives.
Me too!!

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JR_Rider - 2/9/2005 5:21 AM

That is definently incorrect. Although logically a 3.5 liter engine should make more power than the 3.0 liter engine, in this instance, that is not the case. The 3.0 inline 6 found in the 300sdl was the most powerful diesel engine available in a w126 with 148 hp. The 3.5 liter engine only make 134 hp. Increasing emissions regulations in the US market caused the loss of horsepower.
I'm sorry. The 3.5 had more torque than the 3.0 six cylinder, which was one of the reasons that the 3.5 is known as a rod-bender. A lot, if not most, of the 3.5 diesels were replaced under warrantee due to the engine bending the connecting rods.
 
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