Anyone who knows cars, knows that W123s Mercedes are the best!
Heat A/C controller wasn't working at purchase, but was an easy Do It Yourself fix.
Alternator was replaced after 6 months of purchase, then changed again six months later due to broken belt.
Wiper blades act up sometimes after repeated use.
I love the ease of maintenance that diesels provide, but needed more room than my Jetta had. I searched for a year before I lucked into a lovely W123 turbo diesel. It's a grey metallic with sienna interior. Rare and beautiful, with good power, comfort and fuel economy. The seats are MB Tex and were a bit dirty, but had no rips and were restored to new condition by magic eraser. The car rides smooth and after long hours on the road leaves me feeling fine.
The quality of these vehicles is clearly evident when you are up close to it. Washing it and such lets you see and feel the craftmanship that went into it. It drives great in all weather and has conservative good looks with chrome detail that makes newer cars look cheap in comparison.
The passing power can shock other drivers too. The turbo engine and tranny are gems and the gearing is great for highway cruising or bruising.
Considering these cars had sold well all over the world, parts are easily available and fairly priced.
W123s have a first rate reputation and remain few in number today, so my car makes for a great usable daily driven collectible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th January, 2006