1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD Station Wagon turbo diesel from North America
A tank that looks, feels, and drives like a Mercedes should
Brake fluid leak from the master cylinder.
Dash board has minor cracks from heat and UV damage (a dash reflector has completely stopped the deterioration)
Power steering belt snapped.
Odometer works... occasionally.
I will never love a man like I love this car.
It has automatic locks and a system that makes it nearly impossible to lock yourself out.
The seats have lumbar supports, and are the most comfortable car seats I've ever sat in.
The cabin is beautiful even after 25 years. The carpet wear looks like that of a 2 year old car, and none of the leather has cracked or faded.
However the dash has cracked and the leather heats up like a hotplate in the summer, and is biting cold in winter.
It handles beautifully for a larger car (better than some of my friends' sedans and compacts).
It's not the fastest accelerator, especially up hills.
However once it gets there, it maintains high speeds like a champ and still handles well.
I was t-boned by a truck and drove away with nothing but a dent in the passengers side. No axle, transmission, interior, or human damage. I feel truly safe in this car.
It is an older car and takes some maintenance, but is incredibly reliable and has never left me stranded (as my former, newer car did...often)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2009