1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D 3.0 litre turbo diesel from North America
I wish you could buy a new one exactly like it
Water pump (about $65 +labor) has been replaced every 65,000 miles.
Glow plugs have been replaced as needed.
Fuel injectors have been replaced.
Lots of oil changes (about 40 by now).
Fuel filters replaced at 30,000 mile intervals.
Cruise control has been repaired.
Valve adjustments every 30,000 miles.
Headlights upgraded to halogen.
Vacuum leaks to door locks.
Front seats re-stuffed.
Dash cracked down the middle.
I like the body shape, and the flat floor in the trunk.
Seating is very good for my back.
Performance is noticeably fast for a diesel, has really good passing acceleration.
Fuel economy has been steady at about 22 in town, 28 on the highway.
Resale value has held very well, still retaining about 1/4 of it's value after 27 years. Perhaps more as fuel prices increase and bio-diesel becomes more available.
Paint has held up really well, as has the chrome.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2009