1986 Mercedes-Benz W124 200D OM601
Leaking injector gaskets repaired at 310000 (garage).
Rear shock absorbers replaced at 264000 (DIY).
New glow plugs needed at 270000 (DIY).
I bought the car after it was hardly used for about 9 years. The few problems I had with the car were probably caused by this too long sleep.
I almost drove 50.000 km in one year and it never let me down or even gave the impression it would ever do so. The reliability is excellent, it's comfortable, it's very economic (1:18) and it uses less than one liter of engine oil in 10.000 km. The only occasion I had to bring it to a garage was last month, when the injector gaskets began to leak. The annual safety inspection and smoke test were passed with ease.
It is incredible, but it doesn't feel like a 27-year old car at all. It still feels and drives like it is brand new. No noises, trembles, leakages, worn materials, smoke or smells. The bodywork feels like it's made of massive concrete, the doors click into the locks as if the car just left the factory, the gearbox feels like an electric switch, the clutch and brakes are soft as silk. It has never heard of bad roads or crosswinds.
An incredible quality car, and nowadays it's still available for little money. If you find a good one, do it. You won't regret it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th December, 2013