Monday, February 6, 2012

1985 Merceds Benz 300CD - A Stylish Old Oil Burner

Personally, I'm more of a fan of gasoline engines than I am of diesels.

But, there are plenty of diesel fans out there, and the oil burners do have some pluses. Diesels usually get better gas mileage than equivalent sized internal combustion engines and many will last well over 200K miles before ever needing any major work.

The durability of Mercedes' diesel engine is legendary. If treated well, they'll blow right past 200K and do 400K without too much fuss.

In the US we never took to diesels like the rest of the world did. Until recently, the few diesel engined cars that were offered here here were usually large sedans or small "economy" cars.

The 300CD is different. It's not a sedan, nor is it a small hatchback. It's a really stylish coupe.

The Mercedes W123 sedans are legendary. They are built like tanks. The same holds true for the coupes. Things just don't often break or wear out.

This 300CD is in very, very nice condition. I really like the color of it. Like most older cars, the 300CD was prone to rust - although not nearly as badly as other European cars from the same time period - but this one is rust free.

If you like old diesels and want something a little stylish, this car might be worth checking out.

Located in Cape Coral, FL, click here to see the eBay listing.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like this color too, just not with
a s**tbrown interior. Blue and brown......that hurts.
Should be blue, black or even red inside.

Lynn said...

Diesel engine longevity may be a major factor in the coming years. That and fuel economy and power of a diesel engine. I'm not a big fan either, but the word around me says diesels are on the rise. Thanks for posting. :)

Anonymous said...

Diesels weren't popular in America for the following reasons:

1. They smell
2. Diesel Fuel costs more than gasoline (now anyway, I think it was about the same or less than regular 20 years ago)
3. They smell
4. Diesel, though supposedly better for the ozone layer, is still more polluting to the air, causing smog and health problems.
5. Did I mention, they smell?