1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD 3.0 turbo diesel from North America
From an era when Mercedes engineering was "die besten oder nichts!"
Nothing other than usual wear items such as suspension components, alternator, belts and water pump.
Driver's seat springs fatigued, but what do you expect after almost 340K??
As many have said here before, these cars were truly built to last. The feel of everything from the door latches to the switchgear inside is just as it was when I bought this car at four years old. It's a tremendous feat of engineering. It's unfortunate that Mercedes is nowhere near this level any longer.
Just make sure to strictly adhere to the factory maintenance intervals, which means oil and filter every 3K, valve adjustments and fuel filters every 15K, air filter and tranny service every 24K, brake fluid flush annually and coolant flush every two years, and these cars will last forever. Use a good Mercedes specialist for servicing as they do need someone knowledgeable to keep them running properly. Forget the dealers, especially nowadays; nobody except maybe the shop foreman would have a clue about one of these cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd August, 2014