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Old 07-13-2008, 08:12 AM
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Arrow 1999 300d

what kind of engine is in it? hows realibility? as bad as late '90s E klass? hows mileage and performance, thanks in advance
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:33 PM
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96-97 = 606.912 NA, 134hp(?), 34ish mpg, safe, comfy, reliable.
98-99 = 606.962 turbo, 174hp, 30ish mpg, safe, comfy, reliable.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:53 PM
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The NA ones had 134 HP? How much torque? My 603.970 is rated at 134...
1991 350SDL. 230,000 miles (new motor @ 150,000).

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Old 07-13-2008, 04:14 PM
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The NA engines had 134 HP at 5000 RPM and 155 ft-lbs at 2600 RPM. With their double overhead cams, these engines really like to rev, like the Alfa Romeo I once owned. If you try to lug them, they feel more like an OM617 in a W123 car (a 1980s 300D, I mean). Let them spin up and they go quite nicely. The '98-'99 turbo models have a lot more power and cost a little more in the used market and are a little more complicated to work on. As Old Farts, the wife and I are happy with the 134 ponies in the NA engine although we both prefer the OM603 engine in the 1987 300D (W124).


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Old 07-13-2008, 05:36 PM
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Great cars, simple to fix, parts are cheap, fun to drive, good mileage, and decent power...for a diesel.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:06 PM
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great to hear that, since our family dont trust mercedes quaility anymore, such a headache and frustration from broken benz, and so expensive, also some mechanics charge higher prices only because they see thats mercedes? have anybody experienced that?
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