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Hello and thanks in advance.
I am in Monterey California and looking for a good used Sedan. I've had Audis, Porsches, BMWs, Cadillacs, Subarus and now a Chevy Silverado. Like all kinds of cars.

The myriad of models and engine combinations has my head spinning like a rotary engine!

Somewhere on this forum, it seems I read the W124 is perhaps the most reliable. I like a sedan and the size of the W124.

It looks like a diesel is the way to go for me, better fuel mileage. Many posts mention the 3 liter diesel as better than the 3.5. So, I think I have it narrowed down a bit. 1986 to 1996 300D or E300.

Still a bit confused, the questions rattling in my head are:

Turbo vs. non-Turbo? Better reliablity and lower maintenance cost is my concern here.

What the heck is the differnce between a 300D and an E300?

Thanks again.
 

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In the US we had 3 different diesels for the W124.
A 1987 only 3.0 liter turbo diesel, a 2.5 liter turbo diesel in various years, and a 1995 only 3.0 liter non turbo. 87 is most powerful of the three with the 2.5 and NA 3.0 being tied for fuel efficiency.

For reliability you want a 95 with the most service records. Fewer parts, fewer problems.

The nomenclature was changed in 94 as Mercedes organised the naming system to reflect the type of vehicle first, then the engine size. Mid size cars known as 200/ 200E/D, 230E, 250D, 260E, 300E/D, 400E/ 500E became the E Klasse with engine size reflected after that. The 93 300E (3.2 liter) became the 94 E320 with a few cosmetic changes mostly in the wheels, grill and headlamps. The 93 400E became the E420 etc etc etc.
This way the diesel became an E300 with a special "diesel" designation on the trunk which wasn't needed before when the nomenclature already reflected that it was a diesel.
 
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Hello and thanks in advance.
I am in Monterey California and looking for a good used Sedan. I've had Audis, Porsches, BMWs, Cadillacs, Subarus and now a Chevy Silverado. Like all kinds of cars.

The myriad of models and engine combinations has my head spinning like a rotary engine!

Somewhere on this forum, it seems I read the W124 is perhaps the most reliable. I like a sedan and the size of the W124.

It looks like a diesel is the way to go for me, better fuel mileage. Many posts mention the 3 liter diesel as better than the 3.5. So, I think I have it narrowed down a bit. 1986 to 1996 300D or E300.

Still a bit confused, the questions rattling in my head are:

Turbo vs. non-Turbo? Better reliablity and lower maintenance cost is my concern here.

What the heck is the differnce between a 300D and an E300?

Thanks again.
A 1996 would be a W210 not a W124, my dad had a 300E, which was then re branded into the E320 in 1994, W124 went until 1995.
 

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Isn't 1996 in US is still W124? That years is very rare anyway.
When it comes to diesels, I don't think you can go wrong with any besides 350, that was not used in this class. They all have small issues, but run for hundreds of thousands miles.
Expect to pay high premium for diesel MB in California. I usually seek good car in Texas, or even East Coast for better prices and selection. Put my brother in search for R320cdi. The difference on used car is about $8000 more on West Coast, than on the East Coast. Worth taking a vacations to pick it up.
 
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