1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 5

1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 240D 2.4L diesel OM616.912

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4L diesel OM616.912 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired97308 miles
Most recent distance97604 miles

Summary:

A simple, safe, high-quality car that will last forever

Faults:

New rear end (CV axles, CV boots, CV joints, differential oil).

New front shocks (old ones were mushy).

New fuel lines (old lines were leaking).

Injectors tightened (they were leaking causing a diesel fuel odor)

New W124 wheels. Old wheels were in bad shape.

New tires (old ones were badly worn).

Alignment done

All 4 hubs were re-threaded (worn out).

Parking break adjusted (car would roll when parked on a hill).

Tune up (valve adjustment, oil, filters etc...)

Headlights adjusted.

General Comments:

It's a great driver. It gets great fuel economy (up to 30-33 mpg) highway which is remarkable for a car this age. 4-cylinder Diesel, non-turbo, 4-speed manual transmission. Fun to drive around, smooth as can be. Pretty reliable so far. Had some work done to it recently to make it safe to drive since the previous owner neglected it.

It has a few things that need to be done here and there, but it's a great car to own, stylish, simple, and safe. The doors have that nice bank vault sound when you close them. It's built like a tank.

It only has 75bhp so it's slow, but the fuel economy is outstanding for a 3,300lb car. I don't need to drive fast so the slow acceleration doesn't bother me. However it would be nice to have an extra cylinder for getting on the freeway on those short on ramps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2009

5th Feb 2009, 08:01

Hi there, you got that extra cylinder! your model is a 5 cyl... not a 4.

5th Feb 2009, 15:06

No, the old 240D is a 4-cylinder. The only 5-cylinder diesels for that age were 300D's. The newer W124 bodies had a 5-cylinder 250D, same engine as in the C250D.

25th Jul 2009, 00:31

I bought my 1982 Mercedes 240-D from a Mercedes dealer in 1990, paying $2000 over book as it was in perfect condition and just what I wanted (manual gearbox, ivory color and had relatively low miles, 76,000).

This car has been in my possession for 19+ years now and has 249,000 miles. Repairs include one clutch, one front crank seal and two water pumps. I replaced the front rotors myself at 240K miles. Brake pads front at 100K and 240K and rear pads at 150K.

Due to its low gearing, I limit it to 55 mph and I change oil (20-50 Castrol GTX) and filter every 2500 miles. Compression is 95% of new car spec. Mileage is 28 city and 36+ on highway. I fitted a K&N air filter years ago, as these are reusable after simple cleaning and re-oiling. I currently fill the tank with B-20 bio-Diesel and have done so for 2 years with no adverse results.

This is the finest, most reliable car ever made.

1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 240D 2.4 litre diesel

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

If you need a car that can be mended with a brick and a piece of string... This is it

Faults:

A little rust around the edges.

Vacuum locks no longer work.

Cruise control no longer works.

Transmission linkage needs adjustment.

Heater blower motor switch broke stuck on '2'.

Threw a set of glow plugs in right after I bought it. Now I don't have to use my block heater at all!

General Comments:

These W123 cars are fantastic. This car was bought for $800 as a winter beater, and it has turned out to love the punishment.

When I purchased the car, it was slow and smokey. I have driven it hard, and it has become a clean burning, relatively quick (for a 3,500lb car) ride.

Maintenance is super easy, and cheap to boot, so long as you stay away from specialists and dealers. These cars were designed to last forever, and it shows.

I have started this car down to 8˚F and it starts easier than most gasoline cars. I expect it would start at temperatures below 0 degrees as well. BUT YOU MUST FOLLOW THE OWNERS MANUAL! Mix the diesel with kerosene (70/30 at temperatures between 15 and 32˚F, and below 15˚F = 50/50 mix) pump the accelerator 3x and hold to the floor. Crank the engine and it will start.

See video for example in 8˚F:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h9ubmwIHPg

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2008

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 19 reviews