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1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D 3.0L 5 cylinder turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L 5 cylinder turbo diesel Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance174000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W123

Summary:

Quality, durability, economy, and distinctive class, all wrapped up into one affordable package

Faults:

Air conditioning compressor froze up at 148.000 miles.

Starter went out at 168.00 miles.

General Comments:

The W123 300D Turbo-diesel is practically bullet proof. The car is put together like a tank. Solid construction, incomparable fit and finish, constructed of high grade materials, and does not exhibit any signs of aging that would normally be expected of a 20 year old car. There is no shimmy or shake in the body, no out of character vibrations, and absolutely no rattles or squeaks from the interior. It's as though the car was carved from a block of iron.

Engine has plenty of power with the turbo, and has ample amounts of torque.

Highway cruising at speeds of 70mph and up is effortless, and has handled many 500+ mile trips without trouble.

The interior is very comfortable, seats firm, but well sprung. There is ample space for four adults, and the trunk is very spacious. Windows are large, and allow for maximum viewing pleasure from inside the car. The design of the dash is quite striking, with its round air vents, timeless clean lines, and ergonomics lending to a very simple, elegant, un-cluttered, open view through the windshield.

With its high reliability record, ability to run for hundreds of thousands of miles with proper maintenance, and excellent fuel economy thanks to the diesel engine, it is perhaps better than any new car available on the market today. It's an extremely economical classic car that can be driven anywhere, and looks the part as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

7th Sep 2004, 00:22

Amen, brother! I also own a black 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D W123 with only 116,000 miles on it. Bought it recently for only $100 from a family friend (she has a new C230 with free maintenance). Spent another $100 to convert the air conditioning. So, for only about $200, I have a classic, inexpensive-to-run, comfortable, quiet, luxurious, and good-looking car that will probably last me most of the rest of my life (I'm 44). What more could you ask for?

1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D T 3.0 turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired278000 miles
Most recent distance283000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

One of the best sleeper cars of all time

Faults:

Minor problems with electric windows, soon to be repaired. Just tired and in need of cleaning.

General Comments:

One of the most stable and comfortable cars I've ever owned. Solid, dependable, and ready to go almost anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2004

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

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0L turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired227000 miles
Most recent distance236000 miles
Previous carMG BGT

Summary:

A luxurious, prestigious, reliable steal

Faults:

The sunroof stopped working at about 230K.

Needed new rear brake lines at about 230K.

General Comments:

An incredible car.

Built like a tank, and built to last.

This car will cruise at triple digit speeds (yes, no kidding) for hours on end, and deliver good around town driving in comfort. I can't believe this car. 240K and still no real problems beyond normal maintenance. Plus, with a sunroof, a decent aftermarket sound system, and tires worth driving on you're dealing with a serious cruiser. Not to mention it has the "I work at an embassy" look to it.

Its kind of a sleeper cool car if you're image minded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2003

29th Nov 2006, 21:37

The 1985 Mercedes Benz 300 Turbodiesel is an engineering marvel. 250k and going.

10th Jan 2007, 17:30

I've had my 300d for about a year now. I love this car! I just replaced the fuel filters and now it runs like a dream. it always has more to give on the highway and it's very easy to work on. I'm in love.

1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 200 2.0 c.c. from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 c.c. Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carAudi 200

Summary:

Best car I have seen around

Faults:

I have owned a white Mercedes Benz 200 (W123) since 1985 and have so far done around 127,000 miles. The average fuel consumption has been around 18 m.p.g.

After 17 years, it has overhauled engine.

It has shown some sign of rust around the rear and front windscreens, but they have now (April 2002) been repaired and the whole car made to look like new.

General Comments:

Value for money, it has been an outstanding car and there is no further depreciation cost involved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2003

8th Jun 2007, 08:46

18 MPG?!!! That must be a typo my '83 200T returns between 25 and 30mpg.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 23 reviews