1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

After all these 28 years, I still enjoy this beautiful luxury tank

Faults:

After 3 months in storage and transport from LA to VA in 2006, the following became inoperable and needed work:

A/C converted, replaced condenser and compressor.

Odometer intermittently slipping since the move to LA at 106,000 miles, to now 109,000 in 2012, and still needs to be repaired.

Instrument panel cluster lights and rheostat dimmer switch still need to be replaced.

Automatic antenna replaced mast and broken motor rubber belt.

Front left disc brake bites, but have now replaced the entire front brake system.

Front dome courtesy light assembly needs replacement.

General Comments:

The car runs excellent, gears shift smoothly like butter, interior is in great shape without tears.

All automatic locks, sun roof, and windows are in excellent working condition.

Paint and body without is in great shine and shape.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2012

7th Apr 2012, 18:11

How're parts and insurance for these?

20th May 2012, 22:05

With USAA and no coverage on damage to the car, I pay USAA $500 a year (Middlesex County, MA).

Parts from the dealer are HORRIBLY expensive, but they can be found much cheaper aftermarket (aftermarket may be a lower quality, though), and cheaper still used.

If you are considering buying one, CHECK FOR RUST! I live in the NE, and a lot of the W123s here are in good mechanical shape, but poor structural condition. Lift up all the floor mats (if you see rust through the insulation, that is not a good sign), and peel back the carpeting between the bottom door sill and floor to check for rust in the lockers.

Also, as in on any 30+ year old car, some rubber (assuming it is original) will need to be replaced. So, check the seals and rear axle boots, front steering components, etc.

Also, have a thorough mechanical inspection performed by a competent mechanic. An engine rebuild on one of these cars is in the $4000 - $8000 range. Make sure that the mechanic checks (or, if the car is too cheap to pay a mechanic, that you check) the engine for good compression (350 -435 PSI).

All that said, I don't want to discourage you from buying a diesel 'Benz. A W123 'Benz in good shape is a thing of beauty. A poorly-looked-after one is a total $$$$ pit.

Q: "What has four wheels and $ucks?"

A: "A rusty 'Benz"

1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD 3.0L turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

It's not slow. It's stately.

Faults:

At purchase:

A/C inoperative.

Sunroof inoperative.

Passenger front window inoperative.

Driver's rear window inoperative.

Wear/small tear in driver's seat leather.

Some rust and paint fading (Florida beachside car).

Since purchase:

Climate control panel broken (heat - A/C-blower).

Fuel filters replaced/fuel lines cleared.

Front brake pads/rotors.

General Comments:

Built and drives like the tank it is. Bulletproof mechanically (with proper maintenance). Roomy, comfortable, well appointed interior.

It's not the fastest car on the road, but it will get you where you want to go and back every single time.

I drive this car daily around town, and make several highway trips a year of about 400 miles each, averaging 29 mpg (not bad at all for a car that is heavier than most trucks).

This car has only stranded me once, right after I purchased the car (due to blocked fuel filters, previous owner was somewhat lax about maintenance). Working on the non-running problems now. Parts are plentiful, easy to get and relatively inexpensive.

For $1300, an excellent purchase. I intend to drive this car to the grave - either its or mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2012

1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D turbo diesel 617 from North America

Summary:

The best car I ever owned

Faults:

Nothing, awesome car after many years, even the AC blows cold,

General Comments:

Like, I said this car is the most amazing car I ever owned. If you want to go fast, definitely this car is not for you, but if you want a car with class, easy to maintain, and an average of 27mpg, then consider this great German machine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2011