Any Mercedes 240d drivers?

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    I know someone who is looking to sell their 1983 Mercedes Benz 240d, and I am really interested in getting it. It's a four speed manual, and I don't yet know much about this specific car other than that. I know the model is kind of underpowered for it's size and weight, but that is the biggest downside I'm seeing in the car. I can deal with it. I would really appreciate thoughts/experiences from anyone who knows anything about these cars. Also, I've never driven a diesel before.. so any input on that would be more than welcome. I know they require some special work to get running in the cold.

    I'm excited about the possibility of driving this car every day!
     
  2. taylorwilsdon, Sep 29, 2008
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    I drove an '84 190D for 6 months so my observations are probably still valid.

    Its underpowered (the 190d even more so) but not horrible. Just don't expect to race and be careful pulling out into a busy street.

    Oh, and they fall apart. I sold it because the driver door fell off in traffic and I decided I was done making deals with god every time I went onto the highway.
     
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    I don't have one, but like you, count chocula, would love one of these as a daily driver.

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  4. count chocula thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks taylorwilsdon! Biodiesel is something I'm looking into right now. I don't really know a whole lot about it so far. I'd like to go SVO once I can afford the overhead. That will probably be a while after getting the car, though. I've heard they are crazy reliable, so it was pretty surprising to hear you say they fall apart. The door falling off? That's crazy :eek:

    Plymouthbreezer, you have good taste! I had been hoping to get a late 80's Saab 900 turbo, but I think this will be to good to pass up. It does hit most of the things I really want in a car: Manual transmission, European, good on petro... I'll miss a turbo and general quickness, but diesel should be pretty cool. This would be far more comfortable than a 900, too. The 900's are really impressive as far as interior space goes, though, despite how small those babies are.
     
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    Did you end up getting one? Ever conver it to frybrid?

    I just got an '82 240d
     
  6. count chocula thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't, actually. I ended up buying an '84 bmw 318i a year or two later. That didn't work out too well. I bought a Golf new in 2011. How's the 240? Are you going to convert it?
     

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