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Old 03-13-2004, 07:39 PM
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300SDL craze..

Seems like everyone on the board is now looking for one or just got one. I remember 2-3 years ago nobody had one, nor was there any talk about it.. but they are such fantastic cars.
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Old 03-13-2004, 07:44 PM
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I had the craze until about a month ago, now, I'm looking for a 82-85 300DT. I need something smaller, more reliable, and simpler to work on, and cheaper to fix.
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Old 03-13-2004, 08:03 PM
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John, after watching you and the SDL over the past couple of years, you have convinced me that it is THE vehicle to own
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Old 03-13-2004, 08:32 PM
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I had the itch for an SDL.....until I came across my SD.
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Old 03-13-2004, 09:10 PM
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I love my 300SDL for its size (comfort and crash protection-bigger is better?), power, bells and whistles, and ecomomy-26 mpg in urban/suburban driving. However, I think any MB diesel in good shape would be great to own.
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Old 03-13-2004, 09:19 PM
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I first wanted to buy an SD, but the SDL has a smoother 6cyl engine, longer wheelbase and all together a more modern car. Your posts convenced me they can last, and be reasonable to maintain.
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Old 03-13-2004, 09:46 PM
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I love my SDL. I wanted another 190D 2.5 Turbo, but they're almost impossible to come across. The SDL fits me better, since I'm 6'4".
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Old 03-13-2004, 11:32 PM
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Thank you, I'm flattered.. I still miss my 300SDL and when I see one on the road I always take a triple-take. They really are superior to the 300SD and are a rare breed.
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Old 03-14-2004, 05:49 AM
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Whoa......SUPERIOR to the SD?
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Old 03-14-2004, 10:06 AM
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You guys is movin' me. Now I gotta finish the engine rebuild so's I can get mine drivable.

I've owned it more than a year and have never driven it!
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Old 03-14-2004, 12:15 PM
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Just drove my new one back from NC. It rules. MUCH better than my '78 300d. Granted, the 300d is non-turbo and (I think), needs a motor mount to correct the vibration I get on the highway.
obviously the SDL has tons more power, but it is miles quieter and very much more refined than the 300d. I highly recommend it.
I am still trying to figure out where all the room came from inside. The SDL is only 1 inch wider than the 300d, and only 18 inches longer, but there is much more than that inside and the trunk is way bigger too.
The heating system needs a little work, for some reason it seems only comes on when the car is first turned on and idling, but the AC works fine. There is either an oil or fuel leak right under the power steering unit - I am guessing one of the oil cooler lines is leaking. I don't see a visible leak, but there is oil spattered all over that corner of the car. May be fuel, because I get the fairly strong scent of fuel from the engine , and a tiny bit inside the car, but the stuff that is spattered around is brown. Anybody had this problem and have any hints for me?
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Old 03-14-2004, 03:38 PM
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I love both my SD and SDL, I just did a 1100 or so mile trip in my SDL. It was a wonderfull car to drive, and it made the trip go by easier.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:01 PM
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I sure like my 86 300 SDL.
I've gotten as high as 34 mpg on an open road trip, but it usually gets around 31 on the open, 25 in town.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:25 PM
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Ive been reading this board for about a year now and my 87 sdl has benifited. I really enjoy driving on open 2 lane highways at night with it shifted down in 3rd running just shy of 5000 rmp's with the brights/fogs on while I float on to my destination. I really have enjoyed reading about everyone elses hunt for an sdl or their woe's about their sick baby.

I believe last month the national Highway safety board or someone published ratings on vehicles posessing high crash survival rates vs. fuel economy. basicly they said big heavy vehicles keep you alive, and the better the fuel economy the higher they rated. I wonder how an ol' SDL would rate?
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