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Old 07-12-2002, 07:03 PM
Ken300D Ken300D is offline
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Just taking a wild guess, I'd say engine longevity is 50% maintenance effort and 50% luck of getting a well-manufactured engine off the production line. With the Mercedes diesel of the vintage you're talking about, the "luck" factor is very favorable.

Keep changing the oil properly - that's the real life of the engine.

And it goes beyond pure economics to a few intangibles - one of the most important is personal safety.

Would you rather be in a highway accident in a 300D/SD, or a Kia?

1987 300D, 345k miles
1982 300D, 325k miles

Still going strong and smooth running......
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