1977 Mercedes-Benz W123 Reviews

1977 Mercedes-Benz W123 240D Diesel from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Great cars..

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Just bought it for $800, and it has new tires and stereo with AUX.

Some small dents and will need a paint job eventually.

Interior is great (a dash cover kept it crack free.) Starts and runs out well. No smoke and no oil consumption.

A little play in the steering wheel, and some air noise on the passenger window.

The 4 speed is great, makes it rather sporty.

A lot of car for the money.

Mileage is now 160K which, I suppose, is low.

A keeper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2010

1977 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D 3 L Non-turbo diesel from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3 L Non-turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance382500 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W114

Summary:

Built like a tank, and reliable beyond words

Faults:

Auto trans rebuild at 282,000 miles.

Leather seat upholstery replaced last year.

General Comments:

Convinced my parents to buy this car new over 30 years ago. It has been running strong ever since. Most reliable car ever made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2009

1977 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D 3.0 diesel from Portugal

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired460000 kilometres
Most recent distance505000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen C3

Summary:

It's a wonderful car!

Faults:

The starter clutch stopped working.

The starter run, but it did not engage.

General Comments:

This is a wonderful car. I drive it every day. Although the starter was not working good since the moment I bought the car it took 2 years to finally stop working.

It's a pity that it is rusted beyond repairs...

When the time comes that I cannot drive it I will buy another like it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2005

1977 Mercedes-Benz W123 230E 2.3 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Comfy, cheap, fun classic!

Faults:

New starter at 151,000 km.

Replaced the clutch due to a clunking noise at about 160,000 km.

Alternator died at 170,000 km.

Replaced leaking brake master cylinder at 190,000 km.

General Comments:

This car is much more powerful than I expected a 26-year-old 4-cylinder engine to be. It cruises comfortably all day at highway speeds and doesn't burn a drop of oil.

I'm fairly tall (6'2") and find the car very comfortable to drive; it has a nice big steering wheel and all controls seem to be where they should be. I had the padding in the driver's seat beefed up shortly after I got it and it's more comfortable than many new cars I've driven.

Visibility is great. You're sitting up straight and don't have those annoying thick pillars I find in many newer cars that create blind spots.

Classic body styling gets lots of positive comments. The only problem is our Canadian winters (and salted roads), which aren't kind to car bodies, so rusting is an issue.

The only persistent problem is water ingress. I'm in the process of replacing door and windshield weather-seals, which I hope will cure this as well as reduce the road noise.

When I bought this car I expected it would be a short-term toy; now I've had it going on 4 years and have no plans to part with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

17th Jan 2007, 19:28

Nice comment!!! enjoy the mercedes.

15th Aug 2012, 22:27

I owned one for 24 years - it was the best car I ever owned. Sold it due to rust with 450,000 kms on the clock - and no problems whatsoever.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews