1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 200 2.0 petrol
You will get a lot of car for a small amount of cash!
The vacuum central locking is living its own life. But it works most of the time if used within one minute from turning of the car.
The drivers seat is very swampy, but that is the usual condition for an old Mercedes!
The quality of these cars is just amazing. Everything single part is solid as a rock.
The comfort is unmatched if consider the model was released in 1976, and it still beats many newer cars such as Toyota Camry and Ford Mondeo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th December, 2002
1st May 2006, 02:24
Yes, apart from the saggy seats and the touchy vacuum system, they are a pleasure to own and drive and my 1981 200 still turns heads!
13th Oct 2006, 07:49
Classic cars are my weakness, and there have been many from MBG's to a Chevey Camaroes! I have just got hold of a 1985 200 auto in silver. One owner, with just 80K on the clock. I love it, I had a 230 about 10 years ago and regretted parting with it. I am now cured again!! She had been locked away for two years, (just 235 miles) during that time. Only have one concern, was £350 too much to pay? I don't think so. MOT on the 28th, back on the road soon after. All that was needed was a new set of boots and good clean!
23rd Aug 2010, 08:03
I don't own one yet - but will shortly.
Here in South Africa, it is a very affordable car for the price. The one I'm getting will have 300K on the clock and the interior and body are in mint condition. The car was regularly serviced at Mercedes. The current owner did say that they took the car to upholsters who put some new foam in the seats - I could see why, because they sit like new.
I spoke to a German car parts owner who made the comment "The w123 was possibly the best car Mercedes ever manufactured".
I spoke to another owner who commented: "The w123 is definitely over-engineered".
This is probably why I sold my R100000.00 Toyota for a R20000.00 classic Merc.
I love Toyota, but, oh boy, nothing feels better than getting into this timeless machine.