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Old 10-23-2006, 11:23 AM
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Big and Tall question

Hello all,

I currently have a 1985 300SD Turbo. I picked it up because I am 6'6" tall and it fits me. I'm using this as a cheap training vehicle to help me learn how to fix and maintain diesel engines.

My question to the group is, what diesel MB models between 1990 and 1999 would fit a guy my size?

And is there a diesel mechanic night school in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area?
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:51 PM
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newbie takes a stab.

Was the E320D around the 98 era?

I seem to remember that being a pretty roomy car... the gas version was an e320 I think and that was a really nice car, guy I work with had one when I first started here 8 yrs ago.... nice car back then.
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:21 PM
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An E-class might be a squeeze for 6'6, I'm a foot shorter(actually 10", but still...) and the w123 that I assume is larger than the w210 fits me just right.

I couldn't drive a w201-- wee tiny, especially considering the short wheelbase and oldschool not cab-forward engineering.

They did make the w140 SD in 1992-1995(the years might be off) but it has that menacingly unknowable rod bending problem that might cost you 10 grand, and might not. Most aren't willing to take that risk.

The e300d might be your newest option-- w210 cars are like camrys... you can find them on buy here pay here lots if you just want to sit in one and see! It'll be a gas version, but with the premium we're paying for diesel, the mileage is a wash as to which is cheaper-- Gas w210s go 200k fairly readily, and with the pricing difference, mileage and all calculated... the e320 may be a better buy.
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:20 PM
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roomy

think S class 6' 5" 340 with a daughter just as heavy and still nice and roomy
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:34 PM
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As iNeon says, sit in any 96-01 E320 and see if it's a good fit. A 96-97 E300 Diesel or 98-99 E300 turbodiesel has the same body but will cost twice as much as a gasser in the same condition. Get a 210 Diesel if you like Diesels but not to save money. You'll pay everything you'll save up front.

Also sit in any 92-94 300SE or S320. Same body as the 92-93 300SD and 94-95 S350. It better fit because they don't come any bigger. I hope you learn a lot from your current ride because chances are there'll be a lot of call to service that monster. I have a 93 and I'm in the midst of fitting a more reliable 3.0 block in place of the bent rod 3.5 it came with.

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Old 10-23-2006, 05:39 PM
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personally i think any benz will have about as much room in the front seat. now if you are a wide body like me, the smaller benzes will not be quite as wide as the larger ones but i think the legroom is probably the same on all of them. or nearly so.

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Old 10-23-2006, 07:22 PM
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I'm 6'5" and can fit in the '97 E300 fine. It's the gett'n and gett'n out that's the problem
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:38 PM
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I'm almost 6'7" and fit wonderfully in my 124 without modifications.

The 210 seems a bit tighter to me than the 124.

In my 123 I didn't need to modify it, but I actually put spacers under the front of the seat rails just to tilt the bottom cushion some more; this gives better thigh support.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:11 PM
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i have done this too. but not for the same reason. i am 5' 8 but have relatively long arms (think neanderthal) so tilting allows me to get my arms further away from the wheel and enjoy lying back a bit.

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Old 10-26-2006, 07:53 AM
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From my personaly experience I can tell you that the 87 300 D I have is not for larger people. Honestly I'm probably too big for it. I'm 6' tall and have plenty of leg room but its the shoulders that get me. I rub on the doorpost while sitting in the car. I wear a 50" sport coat and have fairly square broad shoulders but still I'm by no means a huge guy. Little tighter than I would really enjoy, hoping the low price paid and the fuel mileage will make me smile about it.
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