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Old 08-01-2018, 02:34 PM
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Wow, I never, ever seem to see old diesel Mercedes on the road here in Phoenix. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that the air conditioning never seems to work on these cars. The Sea-Tac area of Washington was overflowing with them, though. I used to see old diesel Mercedes fairly regularly in the wrecking yards here before the yards closed.
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:25 AM
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I parked beside a nice-looking W123 at Ace a few weeks ago. No rare value in CA. Even my now rare 1965 Chrysler isn't worth much. The lower end Valiants and Darts are worth much more.
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Old 08-08-2018, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tjts1 View Post
Actually if you check with PnP, more than a few E500/500Es have gone through their crushers over the years. The problem is repairs for these cars often outweigh the vehicles value. But don't take my word for it, look for yourself. And no, I have no desire to own a slow 500E money pit. If I wanted a fast 4 door there's plenty of other options.
With E500E values generally in the $25k-$50k range today, there is almost no repair that outweighs the value of the vehicle, excluding significant accident damage.

And while the 124.036 may not be as quick as newer AMG's... it's still a wee bit quicker than most of your 124's (M104 and OM603 powered, IIRC). Probably more accurate to state that if you wanted a fast 4 door, there are plenty of less expensive options.

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Old 08-08-2018, 05:47 PM
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I think tits1 needs to put his money where his mouth is and do the PnP research about 500Es that have appeared in the yards. Only 2-3 that we know of in the past 5-10 years.

He will find that there have been near-zero cars that have been PnP'd. Not counting Copart and Mannheim auction cars, which don't count. I want PnP numbers.

In 10 years of going to the LKQ yards in both Houston (three yards) and Baltimore (5 yards), for example, I have yet to see A SINGLE 560SEC (C126) in the yards. And only ONE C140 (a V-12) and two V-12 sedans. Seen a few 215s, and 208s with some regularity.

123s appear on occasion, about one a month. There are one or two in the Baltimore LKQ yards right now. But less and less. The LKQs have moved over to 202, 210, 203, 220, and occasional 140 models as the sweet spot. Still significant but less numbers on 124s, 201s, and the like.

After all, he had me "do the research" when it came to dozens of Uro parts buyers who had negative experiences with their cheap, Chinese-made faux parts.

Despite tits1 batting .1000 with his own Uro parts purchases.

The numbers don't lie.

So, let's see proof from the PnP and LKQ folks, tits......
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:50 PM
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There are probably 10 W123’s within walking distance of my house in So Cal.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:34 PM
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Not many here also but, parts in overdose due massive support dealer and aftermarket. Lucky to live in Holland then.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:38 PM
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I’ve only seen 4-5 W123’s in my area in the past 6 months and they were either mine or other forum members cars. They are essentially gone in this area. I do still see a W124 about once or twice a week on the road.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:58 PM
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123 are getting so rare here in NH that when we pass each other we wave. Even to rusty, banged up ready for the bone yard ones.

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Old 08-19-2018, 05:52 PM
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here on Long Island, same thing...
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:59 PM
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Here in the Pacific NW they are still pretty common on the streets of cities. I haven't been to the JY latley as in 2010 I got a good low-mileage SD and I've just been driving it. Many long trips: SEA to LAX or SLC or further. Now it could use paint as the clear coat is peeling but is it worth it? I dunno.
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:12 PM
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This thread just goes to show in low corrosion locations, any car lasts longer.

They are rare here now too, and have been for a while. One problem with them is that vinyl undercoating makes them hell to do rust repair work. Unless its a garaged cream puff, a DD one is going to rot out sooner or later, and be too expensive to fix when it does. Few body shops want to touch them.

In climates where daily driving a 123 does not cause it to rust, they are more plentiful
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Old 08-24-2018, 10:00 PM
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We got really lucky finding our 1980 240D on Craigslist running and in daily driver condition save for new tires and a cv replacement. We picked it up for $850 and we are the third owners. We are new to the 123ís but there seems to be decent parts availability in Portland, OR
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