Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Diesel Discussion

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-26-2008, 07:36 PM
Registered User
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3
What to buy????

I am new here and looking for some help. I apologize for my ignorance regarding these cars. I have been a mechanic for years but have never worked on Mercedes and very few diesels in general. I am looking for a diesel Mercedes for my wife. Her commute is about 100 miles a day. I am currently looking at a 1995 E300D and a 1985 300SD are either of these a good choice? They both have about 260,000 miles. There seems to be a tremendous amount of knowledge here. What do you guys recommend? Thank You
Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 08:05 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 146
I'd buy whichever one is in better condition. That said, the highway fuel mileage on the E300D should be quite a bit better than the 300SD -- probably about 34 MPG vs. about 25 MPG. With fuel prices what they are, that could add up over time.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 09:22 PM
sixto's Avatar
smoke gets in your eyes
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 20,524
Newer cars have more safety features. For those two in particular, the 95 will have two front airbags, ABS and possibly traction control. The 85 will have ABS. Driver airbag is a rare option.

87 300D
Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 09:32 PM
sixto's Avatar
smoke gets in your eyes
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 20,524
Also, 85 is the midpoint of the W126 chassis development. That body style went through 91 although 85 was the last year of the iron head Diesel. A 6 cylinder aluminum head Diesel was available in that body style in 86-87 and 90-91. Driver airbag was standard from 86, passenger airbag optional from 90.

Conversely, 95 is the last year of the W124 chassis development. It doesn't get better than a 95.

87 300D
Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 10:13 PM
Hatterasguy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Milford, CT
Posts: 19,306
I' get the E300D. Much newer, fully sorted last year of the W124, and much better fuel mileage.
2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ
2007 Tiara 3200

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-Thomas Jefferson
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:44 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page