[Vwdiesel] Should I buy a used Mercedes diesel?

Gary Bangs gbangs at cfl.rr.com
Thu May 22 04:41:39 PDT 2008

If there is *any* MB I would stay clear of would be the mid 80's through 
90's vintage E350 with the 3.5L six cylinder diesel. These had a 
notorious lubrication issue with either the fore-most or rear-most 
cylinders(I don't recall). But the 3.0L's are solid.

Former 1986 MB E190 2.5

William J Toensing wrote:
> Looks like the offer to trade my Packard for a 1997 Mercedes E300 diesel fell thru as the dealer hasn't called back. However, I have a possible offer to buy the Packard outright. I have seen several offers on Craig's List for '80 to '85 M Benz diesels, some converted to WVO, for $3,000 or less. Even saw a 1987 300D  6 cylinder TD for $1,750.  I plan on running on WVO, if I can find it with diesel now over $4.75 a gallon. My question is are there some year Mercedes diesels that are far better or worse than other years? I would like to avoid 1998 & newer because they are coming into the Calif. smog check program in 2010. Or am I better off fixing up my Dasher & Rabbit diesels & forgetting any MB diesels? I do know MB parts are more expensive than VW parts. I wonder if the M Benz diesels are selling more cheaply because of the high price of diesel, or because they are money pits that owners are dumping? I see very few older VW diesels on Craig's list, mostly astronomically pri
ced high mileage newer TDI VWs.
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