Mercedes-Benz 220 Review from Costa Rica

1973 Mercedes-Benz 220 D 220 diesel

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 220 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired109996 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Series 3


Excellent car, luxury, sharp with classic look and speed


Valve clearance adjustment was out, so it was hard to start for almost a year. After the valve adjust, the car starts like new. Fast on the freeway, and very economical.

Seats all the family with confort, 5.

General Comments:

Fast on the freeway.

Handles very well.

Very economical.

Mine has minimal rust.

Suspension is like a tank - it will take a beating or two, and keep going.

Everyone admires it when you drive it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2006

31st Oct 2008, 03:48

Mine was a 1971 220-D and I lived it for many years.

The front seats are like plush business chairs - big and welcoming, comfortable and sustaining on long trips.

Paint quality was exceptional, as was overall fit and finish.

VERY low maintenance (forget spark plugs, timing and that sort of thing).

Mileage was super, especially when diesel was cheap in the 70's. It made a clatter at start up. Pick up was poor from a standing start, but boy it loved to fly on the highway!

I sold it to my brother in about 1984 who killed it by burning kerosene in it as a cheap (er) alternative to diesel.

I don't speak to him much anymore.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review