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Hi, a friend of mine has an '83 300TD wagon with only 180k that she's looking to get rid of. People never stop talking about how wonderful the W124 wagons are, but what about the W123's? It's in good shape all around and runs fine, but I am wondering what a fair price is for these cars and if there is any demand for this model?

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Just a bit on the W123 wagons. It was Mercedes first hit at making a wagon and I be...


Hi,

Just a bit on the W123 wagons. It was Mercedes first hit at making a wagon and I believe that it is one of the best, rivalling the W124. Even today, early W123 wagons nearing 20 years old, they still perform extremely well and are a good match for modern cars. Reliability provided good care is taken is excellent. I am from Australia and can only say that a early W123 wagon will go for AUD $5000.00 and upwards from there. It really depends on the condition and mileage.

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Depends what is important to you

We had a 1980 300TD before our current 1990 300TE. I believe the 123 would probably be less costly to maintain, despite being older. This is partly due to being simpler. You miss out on some of the "bells and whistles" of the 124 and have an older looking car. The 124 wagon was a nice progression from the 123 and was a little nicer in the way it implemented some of its features. The 124 is certainly more refined being smoother, quieter, with better roadholding and much better engine performance and is definitely a more "entertaining" drive. We also noticed rust to be a problem when searching for a 123 wagon but did not find this to be the case with the 124 wagons.

So it depends on what you want. The simplicity and lower purchase and possible running cost of the 123 or the more modern and refined 124.
 

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300 TD wagons

I have owned an '82, two '84's, two 85'5 and now own an '89 300 TE. I would agree with the fact that the Diesels are cheaper and simpler to maintain. All of the Diesels had well over 160,000 miles and yet I gor good service from all. Sold them all at pretty much what I paid with normal maintenance, they will NOT depreciate. I like the turbodiesels, but the 300's would be okay too, just slower on the acceleration. Economy is excellent. Heavy cars! They feel much more substantial than the 124 chassis. I like my '89 300 TE, but obviously, I still like the old 123 chassis models!
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300 TD Wagons

I have an '83 300TD with near 300,000 miles on the odometer. It is very reliable and driven daily, since my '91 420 SEL is in the shop after jumping time (at a cost of $4K). Back in '96, I bought my wife a '91 300TE. She liked the newer body style, but sold the car after only 6 months. She said she never felt as safe in the TE as in the TD. The TD is definately a more substantial car and is in excellent shape today. No cracks on seats or dash and the original paint is in good condition. I doubt that the new MBs will hold up as well over the years.
 

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Total for the 123 Chassis 300 TD Turbo-Diesel Wagon was 28,219 for the time period 1979-1986. Retail in 1982 was $33,850! (East Coast) I doubted that this was true until I saw some window stickers for this price. That was more than I made in 1982! These cars are built like tanks and I will assure you that half of them are still on the road.
 
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