1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D 2.4 liter turbo diesel from North America
Going into a turn? Oh yeah, just step on it
The turbocharger went out 6 months ago.
Air conditioning system is out.
The radio has bad random reception.
Even with the turbocharger out this car is the torquo-matic.
What the hell else has a better torque to weight ratio than this tank, a Porsche?
Just give this thing some diesel around turns and man it grips. It's great for safely driving like a maniac on back roads. The beauty is that stepping on the pedal asks for torque not horse, I can take a perfect 90 degree right at 40 mph and hardly even skid! Insane driving without all the pig attracting squealing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th August, 2002
22nd Aug 2002, 09:45
I have the exact same car, and I agree with everything you say. I got mine from a cousin who migrated to Canada last year. For the same amount of money that would get me a ten-year old Japanese economy car that spells "loser", I got me a German-made classic whose styling will never grow old. Aside from being torquey, it is very economical, but puts you in the lap of luxury. Plus the three-pointed star up front, coupled with a very solid feel, gives you the pleasure of driving a "real" car. And it's safe as a vault with four wheels. Remember that old bumper sticker that says "drive defensively, buy a tank?" Well, my friend had a W123 300 TD that ran head-on into a commuter bus in Baguio (that's a mountain resort here in the Philippines). He and his entire family walked out of it alive and with no major injuries, just some small bruises. A medical check-up validates the safety of the W123. Now try that with any other car!