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Old 10-25-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Question 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series?

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series? Turbo Diesel W123

Anyone know anything about these cars? What to look for when buying one?

Yeah I know its a BMW forum. I know there is some early MB owners on here and the Benz forums are lacking

Going to check out a 300D 1985 coupe. Claims he has all the service records and drives it daily.

Its similar to this one
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1985-...item3a7ae65380

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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Saw a black one on the road the other day, and def. looked twice at it. Looked awesome.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:53 PM   #3
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My uncle had one when I was in high school....most fun car I'd ever driven at the time. I've love to own one again someday for nostalgic reasons.

Sorry I don't have any info on what to look for, I don't remember any particular issues with it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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From what I have heard the 80s MB diesels are damn near indestructible. A coworker has a 280D converted to run on old fry oil and it's still running great with over 200K on the clock. It is unbelievably slow but it's awesome.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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These old school benzos are the sh!t. They may not be quick but I don't think they were meant to be driven quickly but to be enjoyed. I would love to have an old 600.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
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I heard they are slow but I will just be driving it to work so all you BMW guys can whip around me as a creep
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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Its a 300CD - Very desirable. Great cars I had about seven throughout my life. Currently looking for a Diesel W116 (tough to find they only made them in 79 and 80).

A/C can be problematic but may not be that important where you live.

Look for rust around the trunk (top corners) and the rocker panels.

Also, make sure the door locks function, everything is vacuum based so there can be trouble at certain points. Lock and un-lock from the doors and the trunk. If they work they wont be super fast but if one locks really slowly that would indicate a leak in the system.

Pay attention to the door alignment. They are heavy and some have a tenancy to sag later in life.


Comparatively speaking the turbo coupe is lightening quick compared to the sedan. There is also a lot of tweaking you can do to the ALDA in these cars that can add a lot of power.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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their incredibly slow because it doesn't use 1st gear... it uses second right away. but when you get it up to speed... its like driving on cloud. smoooooooth.
I have the 1985 300SD in my garage waiting to get restored.

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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True. But I believe there should be a kick down button at WOT that makes it use 1st gear.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:13 PM   #10
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I know they're one of the most popular cars for Hipsters after the MKIII Jetta.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:38 PM   #11
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I had the 190E which was its predecessor and it remains one of my favorite cars ive ever owned.

Its not fast or modern but damn that car had character.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:02 AM   #12
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They have some noticeable turbo lag, which is kinda cool in itself, but also means you won't get instant power from a start. After a second of accelerating, then the engine picks up. Definitely very cool looking and reliable cars, and the coupes are rather rare.

The big problem with Mercedes-Benz of that era is they don't handle the elements very well. In a hot dry climate, the paint, wood, leather, and plastics like to shrink, crack, and delaminate. In wet climates, rust can become and issue, and interior mildew can be bad with the natural fibers MBZ liked to use in the seats.

I think it'd make a pretty classy and reliable daily driver, though not at all cheap should it get any damage or need any work.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:27 AM   #14
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My grandfather had a 300D turbo diesel. I miss it and him so much .
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:09 AM   #15
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ah the best series, the 300. lol. all great benz's came from that era. im sure if the previous owner kept up with regular maintenance then the car will have no problem reaching at minimum a half a mil miles, esp a diesel. would make for a nice daily driver but its no speed demon - neither is mine. the ride will be very comfortable on the highway! classy car, hope you go through with it!
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