RE SOTW Mercedes E300 Turbodiesel PistonHeads

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SOTW: Mercedes E300

Save an old diesel Merc cab rank obscurity and waft in grey slip-on comfort for a

Pride, so they say, before a fall. That pretty much sums up fall from grace at the of the millennium.

We’ll leave the detail to the automotive historians, but — not even Mercedes disputes the Chrysler alliance badly wrong. Coincidentally or a nosedive in Mercedes quality in shortly after the 1998 blighting Benzes for years Indeed, many Merc have foresworn the brand for as a result of their experiences in the 2000s.

Not exactly racy but frees for a toy too

This week’s Shed, a E300 Turbodiesel, was born in troubled year of 1998. not, though. By the looks of it, one came off the line before the replaced ‘only the best’ on the procurement sheets with grade’.

Superseding the oblong-headlamped the four-light W210 was launched in facelifted in 1999, and succeeded by the slope-fronted W211 in 2002. classic three-boxer reeks of and solidity. It is a saloon, full The only hatch you’ll here is a square hole cut into the middle of the back for ski toting.

Even before the Chrysler Mercedes electrics were signs of weakness, so the best Sheds are the ones with the toy count. Being an Avantgarde, (outside of AMG models) was top spec if you its sportiness above the Elegance’s this one does have a few but none of them are mission-critical. The of the potentially troublesome sunroof is a relief.

It’s all very sober. from the upholstery!

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Two more points about the Avantgarde are its suspension and slightly less cabin wood. The original didn’t specify moo for the seats, means it is blessed with a design so abstract a painter and could do a rolling programme of on it just by throwing his cans and straight in there at the end of a day’s graft.

As you’d expect, it does automatic climate control, can fail, as can diesel injectors and A weird one to look out for is the transmission housed inside the radiator, not the smartest piece of engineering in M-B’s history.

But can’t you taste the potential smugness of behind the wheel of such a for under a grand? For a feel of you’d be in for, here’s a walkround and 0-60 run up the road in an one of the same vintage.

Shed does ‘sensible shocker

Digital images can to deceive, but those shutlines bankvault-tight and there’s no sign of or wing rust. OK, so it’s not an and the wheels will need a but once that’s done all set with a one-owner, low mileage, exec from the good old (just), with FSH, a reg number, Ј220 road and a Shed price. Surely a gamble as a relaxed daily

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