1979 Mercedes-Benz W116 300SD turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

The Silver Bullet rides forever

Faults:

Nothing. Preventative care (new fluids, new belts, new filters, new tire, new hoses, new brake pads, new battery = $1,200 worth) have this car running tip top.

General Comments:

Love the seamless smooth power.

Tractor-like torque.

Excellent build quality = cast iron, real wood, real paint, redundant safety, a "stereo versus digital" automobile. Old school in every way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2011

1979 Mercedes-Benz W116 280SE M110 Inline-6 from Germany

Summary:

That, what we all mean to the name Mercedes

Faults:

The both front doors got rusty during the first three years, but they had been changed by our dealer without any costs for us.

General Comments:

We used the car for caravaning and going to holiday with the whole family. The most time we used it, we used it with a heavy weight caravan or boat on a trailer when we went to wales or France. So the 227.000 km the car pulled it's double weight. The car is still in original condition. The engine still runs unlike any other. The car never had a fault during our journey. It took about 14 liters at 100km super fuel leaded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2004

8th Apr 2011, 10:07

That's the very proof of Mercedes' reputation of heavy duty.

Indeed, I once towed a Mitsubishi Delica (L300) pick-up loaded with a lot of milk containers with my Mercedes-Benz 260E 1992; she did quite well with her strong torque and stiff body structure!