1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D 3.0 litre turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

I wish you could buy a new one exactly like it

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 240D 2.4L diesel OM616.912 from North America

Summary:

A simple, safe, high-quality car that will last forever

Faults:

New rear end (CV axles, CV boots, CV joints, differential oil).

New front shocks (old ones were mushy).

New fuel lines (old lines were leaking).

Injectors tightened (they were leaking causing a diesel fuel odor)

New W124 wheels. Old wheels were in bad shape.

New tires (old ones were badly worn).

Alignment done

All 4 hubs were re-threaded (worn out).

Parking break adjusted (car would roll when parked on a hill).

Tune up (valve adjustment, oil, filters etc...)

Headlights adjusted.

General Comments:

It's a great driver. It gets great fuel economy (up to 30-33 mpg) highway which is remarkable for a car this age. 4-cylinder Diesel, non-turbo, 4-speed manual transmission. Fun to drive around, smooth as can be. Pretty reliable so far. Had some work done to it recently to make it safe to drive since the previous owner neglected it.

It has a few things that need to be done here and there, but it's a great car to own, stylish, simple, and safe. The doors have that nice bank vault sound when you close them. It's built like a tank.

It only has 75bhp so it's slow, but the fuel economy is outstanding for a 3,300lb car. I don't need to drive fast so the slow acceleration doesn't bother me. However it would be nice to have an extra cylinder for getting on the freeway on those short on ramps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2009

5th Feb 2009, 08:01

Hi there, you got that extra cylinder! your model is a 5 cyl... not a 4.

5th Feb 2009, 15:06

No, the old 240D is a 4-cylinder. The only 5-cylinder diesels for that age were 300D's. The newer W124 bodies had a 5-cylinder 250D, same engine as in the C250D.

25th Jul 2009, 00:31

I bought my 1982 Mercedes 240-D from a Mercedes dealer in 1990, paying $2000 over book as it was in perfect condition and just what I wanted (manual gearbox, ivory color and had relatively low miles, 76,000).

This car has been in my possession for 19+ years now and has 249,000 miles. Repairs include one clutch, one front crank seal and two water pumps. I replaced the front rotors myself at 240K miles. Brake pads front at 100K and 240K and rear pads at 150K.

Due to its low gearing, I limit it to 55 mph and I change oil (20-50 Castrol GTX) and filter every 2500 miles. Compression is 95% of new car spec. Mileage is 28 city and 36+ on highway. I fitted a K&N air filter years ago, as these are reusable after simple cleaning and re-oiling. I currently fill the tank with B-20 bio-Diesel and have done so for 2 years with no adverse results.

This is the finest, most reliable car ever made.

1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 200 2.0 liter petrol from F.Y.R.O. Macedonia

Summary:

I love my dinosaur Benz... never mind the age

Faults:

Nothing... started to lose power when traveling more than 100 km. Changed the fuel filter (1.5 euro was the part, replaced it myself on a rainy night, within 2 minutes - all needed was a screw driver)...

Was losing oil after my first oil change, turned out to be bad quality (brand new) sealing on the oil filter lid - replaced it with other rubber, now it's OK...

General Comments:

Very, very little rust - some spots appeared on the wheel arches, and have one rust circle on the right corner, just under the corner of the rear windshield... will go in the workshop this summer for that, although the rest is very good... original color (dark blue) in excellent shape...

Engine is bulletproof 100%... have no comment on it. Suspension needs some work, but can wait for few more months without complaining (completely original suspension, still).

Interior is also good, but not perfect... few cracks on the dashboard... seat cloth is very good, except for the driver's seat, which was driven for long time by a large person, and now is driven by me - although a large person (110 kg)... I'm looking for some good seat if they appear...

Everything is original on the car...

Rock solid... I live and study some 230 km from home, and travel often. The Merc always drives the same - Stable, comfortable, firm... feel very nice and safe traveling in it. Not fast. Never mind - even safer - I rarely do more than 100 - 110 km/h on the highway... it would do 150 - 160, but gets revvy and thirsty...

Surprisingly maneuverable in the city, trust me, owned a Vectra B 1.7 '97 TD for a year (some 30 000 km with it), Punto 1.1 petrol '99 (4 years with me, 100 000 + km), Mazda 323 '95 and driven Honda Civic '04 for 10 000 km, Honda City for also around 10 000 km... none of those can compare to how solid this dinosaur is and how well it drives...

I plan to preserve this car as it is, and take pleasure out of it for the years that come...

Fuel consumption... well... around 12 l/100 in the city (warm to mild weather, never did the calculation for winter time) and 9 l/100 out...

We have a large baby wheelchair - fits perfectly in the rectangularly shaped, quite deep, trunk, and still has space for some serious luggage...

4 speed manual transmission :-(

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2008