1979 Mercedes-Benz W116 Reviews

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

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza


The Silver Bullet rides forever


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

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission M110 Inline-6 Automatic
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance227000 kilometres


That, what we all mean to the name Mercedes


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!

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews