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When I started looking for my car, I contacted a specialist who said I was wasting my time.
He explained that all reasonably priced cars were wrecks that would need loads of expensive work doing (and only he could do it with a £££ renovation :))
Well after nearly 3 years of owning my 200T wagon, it seems he was wrong.
Any work that has needed doing was pretty straightforward to fix. The car is easy to work on and advice is everywhere on the internet.
The small amount of rust that needed welding didn't cost much either.

So at what point if ever does the W123 run into problems that only a W123 specialist can fix....or are they all full of it?
 

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Hi from Wilderness, South Africa,
I think you've answered your own question; nearly everything that may need fixing can be done either by a competent weekend DIY hobbyist, or one of the many independent workshops that can be found in most towns and villages in the UK.
I have owned a 1982 230E for nearly a year now and found that the head gasket had failed after three months. Despite the severe corrosion on the head and in the block, caused by poor coolant maintenance over many years, a local engine rebuilders took on the job and gave me back a welded, line-bored and straightened head as new, with new valves, guides and seals. A new bottom end with pistons, rings, all bearings and seals, oil pump, timing chain and tensioner. I refitted it on new mounts with new drive belts and she now runs like a new car for about 1,000 Great British Pounds!

Allan Morris
 

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Maybe the rear self leveling suspension? But this seems more like a question of parts availability vs needing to be a specialist to work on it. The HVAC push button controls need rebuilding when the soldier joints go bad and that is beyond my abilities. If you are real particular with originality the cassette decks need rebuilding eventually, but all of these things are pretty minor.
 
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