1) Going to install some new hose on Monday. I was a little rough installing the hose and I think that may have led to its failure.
2) I currently live with a girl who likes the smell of diesel. She drives the 280SEL, but only because her dad will not relinquish his car. Her father drives a 1976 300D with about 270k miles on it. His father bought it when it was new.
I personally don't mind the smell of diesel, but it tends to give me a headache when strong fumes are blown into the cabin.
1976 300D (W115) - 330K and still going (sort of)
1991 300D 2.5 Turbo - Sold at 221K
1983 280SEL - Sold at 206K
1981 300SD - Sold at 232K