If you need a car that can be mended with a brick and a piece of string... This is it
A little rust around the edges.
Vacuum locks no longer work.
Cruise control no longer works.
Transmission linkage needs adjustment.
Heater blower motor switch broke stuck on '2'.
Threw a set of glow plugs in right after I bought it. Now I don't have to use my block heater at all!
These W123 cars are fantastic. This car was bought for $800 as a winter beater, and it has turned out to love the punishment.
When I purchased the car, it was slow and smokey. I have driven it hard, and it has become a clean burning, relatively quick (for a 3,500lb car) ride.
Maintenance is super easy, and cheap to boot, so long as you stay away from specialists and dealers. These cars were designed to last forever, and it shows.
I have started this car down to 8˚F and it starts easier than most gasoline cars. I expect it would start at temperatures below 0 degrees as well. BUT YOU MUST FOLLOW THE OWNERS MANUAL! Mix the diesel with kerosene (70/30 at temperatures between 15 and 32˚F, and below 15˚F = 50/50 mix) pump the accelerator 3x and hold to the floor. Crank the engine and it will start.
See video for example in 8˚F:
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th February, 2008