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Old 06-19-2004, 11:51 PM
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gas or diesel?

hey . im about to buy a mercedes. right now i drive a 300td 1984 but my engine sucks. im lookin into buying a 190e (1984-85 -86) or a 300sel(84)diesel. the question is: the 190 is a gas engine. how long do these gas engines run? some people r selling them with 150 thousand miles on it. is that alot for those cars? i know that the diesel runs for 500 thousand miles but do the gas ones die earlier. please help and give me any suggestions u can. thanx. –david pfdz@nyc.rr.com 646-267-1109
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Old 06-20-2004, 03:43 PM
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300SEL is not a diesel. 300SD has the same engine you have now.
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Old 06-20-2004, 04:33 PM
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How does one define "my engine sucks"? It's not a dragster if that's what your looking for. Are you looking for speed or reliability and economy? If your looking for reliability and economy, unless their is something seriously wrong with what your driving, you already own it. You want to go fast, buy a gas model. I've always owned gassers, 3 all together, and have friends who own diesels. The mid-80s diesels, altho they must be getting tired by now, are some of the best cars ever designed to run on this planet. Any of them. The gassers, on the other hand, seem to need more repairs, simply because they can be driven harder.

I don't know much about the 190's. Early to Mid 80's 280's are good cars for gassers.

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Old 06-20-2004, 10:35 PM
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I've heard not such good things about the 190 cars. Lots of nit-picky problems. I've heard, in particular, that the plastic radiator parts are a nuisance.

I have, currently, a 1979 300TD (non turbo wagon) and a 1989 300SE. The 123 cars are durable and workmanlike; the 126 is a real pleasure on the road, and the M103 inline 6 is a sweet engine. Still, in terms of repairs, the diesel is definitely a cheapter date. The problem these days is finding a 123 that is in reasonably good shape. I was lucky with mine--the previous owner had installed a factory rebuilt engine. He got fed up when the rear hydraulic suspension system failed, so I got the car and fixed it myself. It's been a fine car since, and I drive it as my primary car around town, primarily because it is much cheaper to run than the 300 SE.

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Old 06-20-2004, 10:58 PM
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Hey, I've got a great idea! Why not post the exact same question in 3 different forums?? That way you can just pick out whichever answer you like the best.
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Old 06-20-2004, 11:30 PM
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Did he really do that? And where the heck is Ignert Ridge?
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Old 06-21-2004, 05:38 PM
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mine runs like a scalded dog

with a little tinkering with alda valve and a few other tricks talked about at lengh in the diesel discussion a W123 can "Run like a scalded dog".
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