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Old 05-10-2000, 04:41 PM
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My research on the web tells me that the S-Class diesels (W126-300SDL, W140-350SDL) may not have been available in Europe. Is this so? If so, any idea why?

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Old 05-10-2000, 05:15 PM
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The 126 300SDL was available in Europe, the 140 chassis also shows S class diesels in my Bosch CD-Rom data system.

The 617 SDs were only available in the US. The only turbos in Europe were the Stationwagens.

The reason for this had to do with the US governments CAFE rules (Combined average fuel economy). Since MB customers weren't buying enough of MBs high mpg cars they had to make the base model "S" car have a diesel after 1977. Up till that time and always (till 1986) the base "S" car in Europe was the 280S/SE/SEL.

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