1986 Mercedes-Benz W124 300D om603 non-turbo


The Interceptor


Nothing has gone wrong so far except for the battery, which is normal for a diesel.

The car is a 6 cylinder car. 1 glow plug was blown, so it was a bit smokey on cold starts.

General Comments:

I've driven a lot of Mercs - 190D, 190 2.5, 250D, and a 300D turbo, but the 300D is another world; the 300D turbo 1988 was much, much faster, but the turbo has problems. The 300D is a much more reliable car, basic and easy to fix (D.I.Y.), and the performance is excellent. Fuel consumption is about 9 to 10 litres city per 100km, but it's worth it. I would recommend it to 250D users, because when you shift it into 5th gear, it stays there no matter how high your climbing is. The 250D would have to downshift to 4th or 3rd gear uphill. The engine is so powerful that if sometimes you stick it in 3rd gear instead of 1st when you are crawling, it still doesn't stall and you don't even realise that it is in 3rd gear. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of buying one.

If you are having cold start problems, check your glow plugs or heater relay; it's either that or your battery. The original battery is a 12 volt, 105 amp by the way. If you have a 90 amp battery, you might have problems starting in very cold weather.

Fill the tank and relax - it's a basic, powerful driving machine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2017

1988 Mercedes-Benz W124 300D turbo diesel


A german tank with an F-16 engine


Usual oil changes.

Nothing has gone wrong.


General Comments:

A beautiful car with superb performance. I would recommend it.

My car has the E2 pack electric front seat seats and air operated rear head rests.

Everything is working in the car, no problem whatsoever.

My car has the 603.960 engine with 148 HP. Excellent gearbox; changes gears like a dream.

The best part of owning a MERCEDES W124 300 TURBO DIESEL is that everyone sitting in it was shocked at the comfort of the seats and the superb performance. I have had a W124 2.5 diesel and a W201 2.5 diesel, but the W124 300D TURBO is another world. Anyone reading this who wants to buy a 300D TURBO, do it today! It's something everyone has to do once in a lifetime! You won't regret it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2013