1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 230E from UK and Ireland
A status symbol for those with no status
The vacuum central locking never worked.
I fitted new brake calipers, because the car had been standing.
The crankshaft on the rebuilt engine used to clatter until oil pressure built up.
I really enjoyed this car, it was very solid, reliable, lovely and smooth to drive, I recommend them to anyone wanting a cheap,distinctive, quality car.
Engines seem to last for 150000 miles, changing the oil helps a lot.
Nobody in the UK apart from me wants the saloon; prices are from £250 to £900.
There are some rusty ones, but many good solid examples with a bit of rust in the wheelarches.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th June, 2003