1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D 3.0L 5 cylinder turbo diesel from North America
Quality, durability, economy, and distinctive class, all wrapped up into one affordable package
Air conditioning compressor froze up at 148.000 miles.
Starter went out at 168.00 miles.
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
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?