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Old 04-06-2004, 10:33 AM
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E300 Diesel Estate

Hello y'all,

I test drove a '94 model E300 Diesel (W124 non-turbo) auto estate with a view to buying it. (I didn't). It had 190,000 miles on the clock and seemed to have been well looked after.

I'm used to a 230TE (hardly a mover) but was shocked by the sluggish performance of the diesel version. As it's the only one I've ever driven, I have no point of comparison. Was this one unusually slow or are they all like this?

Could some please give me an indication of the sort of acceleration this non turbo version ought to be capable of? Also, should it have a kickdown switch? (No amount of mashing the pedal to the floor would induce it to change down.)

I would like to buy one of these, but not if I'm going to be outgunned by a London taxi.


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Old 04-06-2004, 12:32 PM
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We don't have a '94 model E300 here nor especially do we have a diesel "estate" or station wagon as we say, so you may not get too much response. I have a '95 E300D, and that was the first year of the new 124 E class diesel (606 engine) in the US. No estate version, however.

I would venture a guess, however, that something was wrong with the car you drove. It absolutely should kick down when you floor it. There is a switch down there under the pedal which "forces" a kickdown if engaged. The tranny should probably downshift anyway before you get to that point, but there are some conditions where you have to mash the kickdown switch to get it to do so.

Otherwise, the non turbo E300D is considered reasonably fast here as diesels go, somewhat slower than the turbo 124 E class diesels which preceded it, but more refined and perhaps less smoke, and much faster than all the older 300D's SD's and 240D's.

And slower than the 201 class E300D turbocharged cars, which started in '97, I think, maybe '98 - I'm sure someone will correct me.

Chris W.
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Old 04-06-2004, 11:24 PM
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Old 04-07-2004, 06:18 AM
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Thanks for the useful pointers.

Still looking for one of these cars; they're as rare as hens' teeth over here.


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