Cap wrote:'83 Mercedes 300D in excellent condition, meticulously maintained since day one. I know the two owners and I have even worked on this car in the past. It spent most of it life in NC & VA. So, less contact with road salt.
I have a passion for MB diesels. I owned a few over the years, gave up when it became necessary to tow a trailer for coal & other work around my property. This is as fine as an example of the W123 model as can be found and I am getting at a bargain price. I'm very good at repair of this model, worked on these cars exclusively for a few years. German engineering at its finest.
The engine is a 3.0L five cyclinder using prechamber combustion with a Bosch fuel injector system. These cars are very popular in other parts of the world. This model is considered one of the most robust passanger cars ever built.
My parents had a neighbor couple that they became friends with 40+ years ago - he was something like the regional Northeast service manager for M-B, maybe even higher up. They always had M-B diesels, and that probably started my diesel addiction that I have still today, even though I was only a very young child at the time. The last I recall of them was they had retired to a place I think in PA somewhere and he had a 190E 2.5 Turbodiesel, and I think it even had the manual trans. This would have been around '86 or so. I remember being really impressed with the power of that car even with 4 people in it. A whole lot better than the '78 Rabbit diesel I rode around in some years earlier.....
Indeed, the W123 is a great M-B chassis. Unfortunately, far too many became "beaters" and suffered from lack of maintenance, NO maintenance, or incompetent maintenance (or all of the above) because while the car could be purchased cheaply (for a 'Benz), the parts and required service were still expensive. Therefore the cars were run into the ground or rotted away before most got the chance to be lovingly cared for by proper ownership. I've looked a few times around here for one, but you are correct - they are rotted into oblivion by now, or driven by "greasecar" tree-huggers who haven't a clue as to how to care for a car besides pour used crap from "Long Duck Dong" Chinese Take-out into the tank.