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I was curious as to how many here are W123 owners, past or present, one or more W123, stock or not, intact or in pieces.

The reason I ask is because it's impossible to list down all owners by checking their profiles. So I thought this would be good for all of us W123 owners.

For me:

Second owner of a 1983 300D Turbo, US-spec, CA version
Manila Beige,

Currently has 151,xxx miles; start of ownership on Jan. 21, 2004

Condition: Everything else stock except for CD player & "brake light mod"

If you created a website for your W123 or other Mercedes car, post it here! Here's my Lego version of my car:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/4171

W123 owners unite! [8D]
 
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In the Drivway here is parked as follows:

My 1985 300 Coupe Diesel Turbo, im the unknownth owner, car originally sold by Marlin Imports, Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Car has been to europe twice, as in the service record are 3 services by Mercedes Benz AG, Gottlieb Daimler Strasse 11, Mannheim, Germany; also one service performed by Koessner Mercedes, Gasteiner Strasse 71, Bischofshofen, Germany, and one service by Mercedes Zino GB, Via Brigate Partigiame 1, Genova, Italy. The last time it saw the streets of Germany was in 1992. now 218,414 miles. She's equipped with ALL Amsoil Fluids, and BILSTEIN HD's. (shocks)

Father's 1983 300 Diesel Turbo, he's the unknowth owner, the car has been in the OKC area its entire existence, sold originally by Mercedes Benz of Oklahoma City. now 198,772 miles. Has a new paint job, shiny chrome. Looks like new.

One 1984 300 Diesel Turbo as a parts car, half stripped, perfectly running motor with a bad water pump. good trans. no one seems to want a good engine or trans though, so it continues to sit and take up space.
 

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With a little over 390,000 original miles on the engine, tranny, and everything else I own one sad, beat up looking but mechanically sound 24 y/o 300 D. Most of the paint on the roof and hood is faded or in some places gone with the bare metal showing through. The rest of the paint is in remarkably good condition. The blower motor is dead so no heat or A/C – the rear passenger window does not work, the other three do along with the sunroof, the front and rear window seals leak – the trunk fills with water – the door locks don’t work, and the engine leaks (but not bad), and the CD player stopped working.

But…

She starts strong every time with one turn of the key, she never smokes – even at startup or under heavy acceleration, uses no oil, runs at 80 C all the time, the transmission shifts smoothly, she’s got good pickup, has perfect oil pressure, both odos work along with the speedometer, the fuel gauge, and the big cool clock. She recently got two new fuel filters, a new oil filter and a crankcase full of fresh Delo 400.

She’s ugly as sin and uncomfortable as hell but drives like a dream. She refuses to die and I keep putting her back together.

Someone recently offered to buy her…

I said no – go figure…
 

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1984 300TD (Turbodiesel Estate Euro-version w/ rare options)

Past:[:(]
1980 300D (US), 1982 280CE (Euro), 1979 280CE (Euro), 1978 200 (Euro), 1981 280CE (US)
and also... a 1974 450SEL (W116 US)

I have photos of all these cars on my MB Website: The Benz Bar [:D]
 

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howcome noone likes the 240? hahaha

are there are quite a few more 300s?

anyhoo...

1979 240D 131,xxx miles, came from a ford dealership as a trade in, the previous owner was not wealthy, as was shown by the bank slip under the seat, $3.64 in the account heh heh(its sad, but i have even less!)

spiderwebbed/orange peeled paint, cracked headlight surrounds, cracked grille, taillights and trunk that hold water, crooked bumper and missing muffler donut thingees(from that bastid in the camry!! who just hits a car with its emergency flashers on, huh? )

hes not perfect, pristine or shitty, hes just right. did the math recently, after the end of the "im out of gas, but it only takes 5 dollars to fill up" dilema and he gets around 30 miles a gallon. not bad for a car an suv would run crying from hitting!

a/c works well, shifts fine, but i need to address the battery drain when the fog lights are on isssue, then itll be fine!!

did i mention the battery leaked and put a hole down into the wheel well at some point? i think thats it.

oh yeah, and he has a nice apple sticker on his back window now, too=) im fixing to have lots of diesel specific bumper stickers printed, ill let youall have first dibs=)
 

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I was looking for W114 280E a couple of months ago, but couldn't find one with reasonable price, so i bought a W123.

-W123 280E '80
-300D changed to 280E and the car is fully rebuilt five years ago
-Automatic tranny
-Stock goodies (extra equipment): almost everything.
-Engine from W123 '80, tranny from W116 280SE '76
-Color from Daewoo color chart... Probably that's the only good thing in Daewoo. [:D]
-15" wheels with 195/65 and 205/60 tires
-Recaro front seats from W124
-Updated stereos: DLS and Audax speakers (6.5", 3", 1"), Sony 4x80W amp, Phoenix Gold crossover, JVC mp3 player. Subwoofer is to be bought and installed, but i'll concentrate to the engine first. No new pictures, sorry.
-White front blinkers, red tail lights
-Big extra lights in winter
-White face meters with tachometer from Subaru
-Front armrest
-Chrome umm... "thingies" in fenders
-Interior was dog-vomit-green, I painted and upholstered it black and gray. Interior isn't finished yet, but there's not much to do anymore. Seat covers and some little parts.
-Engine is going to have a little tune-up this summer, 200rwhp would be nice
-W126 strenghteded rear springs will be installed
-Generally i'll try to keep this car as much non-original as i can.

And some pictures:

One year old pictures from my homepage:
http://personal.inet.fi/koti/millhill.racing/autot/mb280.html
Offtopic, check this beauty out too, my friends car
http://personal.inet.fi/koti/mb.diesel/autot/mersu.html


Hifi:
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/kajarikotelo/hifi1.jpg
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/kajarikotelo/kotelo2.jpg
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/hifi/ritila/IMG_0933.jpg
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/hifi/kiinni/kaiutin2.jpg

Misc pics:
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/2.3.2005/IMG_0950.jpg
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/2.3.2005/IMG_0951.jpg
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/23.3/IMG_097a1.jpg

edit: one more pic
http://koti.mbnet.fi/arbiter/mittarit.jpg
 

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Can i have your wooden climate control unit?[:p]

i've been looking for one for sale and cant find one! i want the complete wood console for my 240, and so far have only found the ash tray!

im not completly serious. unless of course, that youd actually part with it. anyone know where to get one?

also-

where'd you get that shift knob?
 

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well hell[:p]

arent these things european parts? i have the plain *PLAIN* US version with black plastic everywhere. and want to dress it up some.

thanks anyway!
 

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Currently: 1979 280E US model 63K, 1986 560SL 97K

In the past: 1980 250 (Euro), 1977 450SEL (US)
 

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[:)] Starting with our 1st 1983 300D Turbo. 168,000 miles and counting. Running strong. Slowly repairing it to original condition.[:)]
Dave and Lauren
 

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Jdc, I love your write up. I think I know how your car is now just by reading it.

Alfie, love that rare-options car you have! You and Junnie are really lucky to have such rare cars. [:p] Also, what's a heavy-duty suspension? Can you elaborate more?

It seems (to me) that the most common turbodiesel I see is from 1983, regardless of body color or mileage. Wow. Let's keep it coming!

Does anybody here own a 200D? Or a 220D W123 (was there even one?)? I've never seen one yet. Perhaps in foreign countries, yes.
 

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1985 300CD Turbo. 126,012

Bought the car from the original owner. Car is in decent condition. Far from a show car. Im cleaning it up little by little. Everything it stock except Audiovox radio from the early 90's I just put in. [:D]I love driving it, and hope to keep it for a long time.
 

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karugs - 4/4/2005 4:08 PM

Does anybody here own a 200D? Or a 220D W123 (was there even one?)? I've never seen one yet. Perhaps in foreign countries, yes.
They are rare in the US. I don’t know if they were built for the US market or not; more than likely grey market if you see one.

250s are rare as well, I saw one once and I think they were US market, never had fuel injection, though.
 

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KARUGS: HD-suspensions were standard on W123 long-wheelbase (240D lang, 300D lang, 250D lang, etc...) and on specialty vehicles such as ambulances, MB Service Vehicles - estates like you see in the orig books, etc... The HD were optional on estates, hence the option code #912 ["Federung und Bereifung 15 zoll (T) + Frühlinge für erhöhte Nutzlast"] It's basically: "suspension and tyre 15 tariff w/ HD springs for increased payload". The load capacity is also increased due to strengthened monocoque chassis. This is why these HD cars also had mandatory options of 15" wheel/tire combo. I am still researching further and will keep you guys up to date. It gets difficult sometimes since my reference books are written in German language. It's fun though... [:eek:)]

W123 200D, 220D, and 250's were NEVER available as US-versions. If you see any here stateside, then they were imported as grey-market Euro-versions. In fact 200D's ar eplentiful abound - they served as common cars worlwide from Africa to Asia to Europe - more than 378,000 were sold from 1975-1985. W123 220D's were somewhat readily available too from 1976-1979: 56,736 units were produced by MB (4 in '75). BOTH 200D and 220D utilized MB's venerable OM615 engine block, obviously the latter was stroked 9not bored) for bigger displacement; 87x83.6mm vs. 87x92.4mm

The W123 250 cars sold from 1975-1985 worldwide, EXCEPT the US-market, with 122,864 units. The M123 motor was a hi-po engine built for economical operation. I saw one (a 250 sedan) in Orlando for sale last year for $2900, and yes it was a Euro-version.

I suggest to read up on Robert Nitske's book titled "Mercedes-benz Production Models Book 1946-1995" This excellent reference book provides production numbers, specs, info, and details on virtually every MB passenger car ever sold and marketed worldwide. Look up ISBN 0-7603-0245-6. I see the book (the latest edition is 1946-1995, there are older versions out there too) occassionally listed on Ebay. [8D]
 

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3 Owners -> 1 family.

We have owned it since my great uncle bought this car brand new in 1983. I now have 229,500 miles on her. She only had 108,000 as of Dec 24, 1999 and I racked up all those miles since. I have commited to making it to 300,000 miles and then I am going to see how it's running from there. Since I average 2,000 miles per month I am predicting January of 2008 for this magic number.
 

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I'm the 3rd or 4th owner of my 300D. It's a 1982,the first year of the 300D TurboDiesel with 346,xxx miles on it, I'm currently awaiting my 250km and 500km high mileage badges for it. It's pretty much all stock, except that it has oversize tires, and chrome 15" flatface rims from a W126 or W107 on it. It's not the perfect 300D, but it does the job. Sometimes I have to hit buttons a certain way to get heat when it's cold on the pushbutton unit, I may only have two air settings on it (HOT and COLD), nothing in between, and there may be other small things wrong with it, but I like it. Those of us who have 1982 year model 300D Turbodiesels, I have noticed that 1982s are clearly distingusihable from 83-85 models. 1982 300DTs were the only DTs to have chrome cowl vents by the windshield, 85mph speedometers, the small front dome light with only three light settings as opposed to the later larger light with four settings, and both mirrors are manual, unlike those on the newer models which had a power passenger side mirror. I like these cars too much, I can tell the difference between a 82 and 83 300D by just looking, but not a 84 and 85. Kinda like that guy in this movie I saw, he was in court, looking at pictures of W123s held by a lawyer, and he was distingushing them just by front views. I wish I knew the name of that movie.
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200D is very common in Finland.
Prices are from 200€ (useable condition) to 2000€ (perfect condition).

But dont be sad that you dont have them in usa... You relly dont want one. You'll be faster with your bicycle. [:D]

Well, the car is really lazy and not valued, but they're reliable as hell. The engine is unbreakable. It's not a miracle to find a 200D that has seen road for over one million miles and still running like new.


Do you have 200's in usa (petrol)?
 

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1983 240td 214,000 miles,
i have started to make a website with a few pics and info about my car. im going to drive it up to a nice castle near my house and take a tonn of really nice pics in a few days for the site.
www.geocities.com/robs240td
 
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