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Old 09-29-2003, 09:59 PM
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The utterly amazing, 300SDL

Hmmm..

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Old 09-29-2003, 10:06 PM
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Oh yeah, for comparison, here's my E420.

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I don't know why the sound doesn't work. I didn't speed up the videos, or drive down hills. These are the honest-to-goodness results for both cars under the same conditions. The difference being the 420 having 1/4 of a tank and the 300 3/4 of a tank.
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:42 PM
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Guys, does it work or not? Why are you silent?
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:04 PM
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Very nice.. I was looking into a 97 E420 a while back.. still want one.

I made a few movies of my 300SDL, too with sound. This was back at 264,000 miles.

http://207.44.234.41/movies/101-0115_MVI.AVI
http://207.44.234.41/movies/101-0116_MVI.AVI
http://207.44.234.41/movies/101-0117_MVI.AVI
http://207.44.234.41/movies/101-0118_MVI.AVI

And the crown vic..

http://207.44.234.41/movies/MVI_4603.AVI
http://207.44.234.41/movies/MVI_4602.AVI
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:15 PM
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Ever notice that when taking videos, it feels faster in real life than what the speedometer says?

The E420 is a little slow 0-30, but once she gets past that she'll fly. The funny part is, the SDL will keep up with it!

Unfortuanately the SDL is sick right now, and it can't come out to play anymore.

Need a new sway bar.

Interesting, though. the Crown Vic has the 0-60 advantage, but your SDL would keep up with it at highway speeds!

Are you going to get another SDL? I hope you do. One with under 200K miles!
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:22 PM
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I won't be without a benz for long.. or some type of German steel. Thinking of a 96+ diesel or maybe a 95-99 M3.
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:25 PM
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Why is it that car mags publish speeds at something like
80 - 90 mph 2.2 secs

The E320 V6 is a great example. I have no idea how they got there in 7.1 seconds.

Maybe I will post my 300SE too. But I don't think it belongs in the diesel forum.

I will try some day to post the 350SD in this forum as well. But it is much slower than the SDL. I can still go 115 in it though!
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:29 PM
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I had a 91 350SD.. had 215k.. found it to be a rocket, off the line and on the highway.

My 300SDL would do 115 in a reasonable amount of time.. probably more if you wanted to wait a while.
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:34 PM
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I won't be without a benz for long.. or some type of German steel. Thinking of a 96+ diesel or maybe a 95-99 M3.
If you were to get a '96 + diesel, be aware you can't boost it up yourself. You'd need to chip it. You'll also have various electronic air intake management with an ECU incorperated into the EGR (no disableing for off-road use).

You said you were looking into buying an E420, well, don't hesitate to buy a nice one. It may not be a diesel, but it is practically as tough as one. The fuel economy can range from 22 mpg and 27.5 mpg. Considering its a massive block 4.2 liter V8, that's incredible.

They are MUCH cheaper than the diesel, and so much more superior in hp and torque. Most have heated seats, some have ESP, and some more even have xenon headlamps. Mine has all three. You will LOVE the sound these cars make. Oh, so wonderful.

I'm telling you I would still buy an old 1982 300SD even today if I found a nice enough model. Would have to have under 200K miles, and have an impeccable service history. But I'd buy it. See, MB doesn't make cars like this anymore. Just look at vision CLS, or the new W221 S-Class due 2005.
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I had a 91 350SD.. had 215k.. found it to be a rocket, off the line and on the highway.

My 300SDL would do 115 in a reasonable amount of time.. probably more if you wanted to wait a while.
Wow!

I can't even keep up with your posts, turbodiesel!

Yes the 350 is quite a torquester isn't it? The only problem is, it has a limiter that holds it back at 115 mph. This prevents the engine from redlining. Too bad, I guess.
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The Crown Vic has tall gears huh?

first to second at 50 mph? sheesh!
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:44 PM
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Yes, the E420 is a great car. I drove a 97 with 64k miles, and at wide-open throttle it sounded and performced great.

I was concerned with the fuel mileage and reliability and maintenece. With a diesel, you don't have sensors or catalyitic converters or any of that nonsense. I generally like to maintain my cars myself, and I'm afraid the E420 may have too many sensors or electronics to do that.

Currently I drive about 45k-50k miles a year.. may be alot more soon as I may be getting a store 55 miles away from home.. so these issues are very important to me.
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:48 PM
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I also have the civillian engine computer. If I put the police computer in there, my 1-2 shift would be at like 70-80mph and my speed limiter would be 127mph instead of 106. The car really is quite a performer.. same engine as the Mustang GT.
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:52 PM
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I know a lot of people are put off by the V8 because of maintenence issues. But the old M119 V8 is a proven engine, and one reputable mechanic in my area said he's seen some in excess of 300K miles, still running like tops.

They do not have problems with the timing chains anymore, and the '97 models don't have the problems with the distributor caps that the older M119's had. '97 was the best year to buy, as they made all the improvements in that year. Plus you get the 210 body.

You could also get an E430 of '98 - '02, but those have twin-plug ignition. They're a pain in the ar$e to change plugs. That's right, sixteen plugs!
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I also have the civillian engine computer. If I put the police computer in there, my 1-2 shift would be at like 70-80mph and my speed limiter would be 127mph instead of 106. The car really is quite a performer.. same engine as the Mustang GT.
Wow. It sounds great too. I could never drive a Crown Vic, though. Everyone in front of me would slow down thinking I'm a cop on duty. They would go the speed limit or under.

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