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Old 02-16-2003, 08:15 PM
invisik invisik is offline
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I also came up with the same decision recently. I found a very nice 98 Jetta TDI (Jetta III style) and a 92 300D 2.5 Turbo.

The only thing I think the VW really has going for it is the exceptional fuel economy (50-60mpg) and the manual transmission. I don't hear much, of anything, about people with 200,000-500,000 miles on their TDI's and many at about 150,000 have replacement engines.

Price was actually very similar, so I chose the Mercedes. In owning similar models in the past, I knew much of the maintainence, which certainly supported the decision.

The 300D is much more solid and obviously commands a different crowd and respect. You have to think about those things too.

2018 Tesla Model X
1999 S500 Grand Edition 164k
1992 300D 2.5 Turbo 287k
2005 E320 4MATIC wagon
1991 Alfa Romeo 164L 99k (sleeping for a while)

Then: 96 Lincoln TC, 93 Lincoln TC, 87 560 SEL, 87 300 SDL, 80 300D, 89 560 SEC
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