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Old 06-23-2004, 02:40 PM
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'84 300 td v. '88 420 sel

My 84 300td is almost at 300k. It's got some issues like oil leaks ( i add about a quart in between every oil change), tranny flair (original tranny),etc. but otherwise runs good. I recently saw a an 88 420 sel(121k) for sale for 5,800. With the impending expenses on my turbodiesel, would it be wise to sell it and just add some more money and get the 420? Are 126's better than 123's. What's the scouting report on the 42o v. the 300 td? thanks.

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Old 06-23-2004, 03:17 PM
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We can discuss this all day long but you have to spend some time in that 420SEL to see if it's the car for you. If you find it too big or that it uses too much fuel (it takes premium) then there's no point in considering other merits. If it's a serious contender, spend $1-200 on a proper prepurchase inspection to get a better idea of how much more than $5800 it will cost to purchase. That asking price seems high, BTW, compared to what you can find if you make a career out of looking for a deal.

To start the discussion, I prefer 126s to 123s but I don't think one is better than the other. They have characteristics that appeal to different kinds of people. I like the size and ride of the LWB 126. I don't mind that a few systems are more complex than the 123. It's nothing I can't handle. Conversely, there are things about the 123 that are simpler but I can't handle them anyway :p

Get an 86-87 300SDL for the best of both worlds!

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Old 06-23-2004, 03:29 PM
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The 420 has some serious engine problem potential....
Even literature on Ebay about it....
Chains, etc....
Also Tech bulletins about it....
My aunt has an 86 which was not watched closely enough... current estimate from dealer is $4200 just for the engine work...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=2480576924&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT
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Old 06-23-2004, 04:50 PM
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Good cars, just mind the timeing chain, they need to be done every 10 years or 100k miles.

Drive it and see, their a lot different than the W123's.
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Old 06-23-2004, 05:37 PM
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Why not stick with a nice car like this: 1983 300SD for sale instead? Still diesel, very clean and similar money. With gas prices being what they are and the potential to use WVO as fuel I don't see a 420 as a smart alternative. RT
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