Young Classics 10 Reasons Old Mercedes Diesels Are Popular Again…

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Mercedes-Benz W123

Young Classics: 10 Reasons Old Diesels Are Popular Again

The W123 is forever associated popularizing diesel engines in during the late-’70s and early-’80s. German-made cars with tank-like build quality on the roads well into the doing duty as affordable luxury cars. At that they were seen by as nothing more than old that simply wouldn’t but then something happened the mid-’00s just as the values of cars had hit rock bottom. a cult fan base already these cars swiftly from being used to desirable, and dare I say, sexy reliable classics. The of the cheap used Benz had off and the luster of the original Mercedes and 300D models once shined, raising the value and of these once ubiquitous Why exactly have these old diesels become popular popular to the point that are truly cult-classics?

Timeless Style

The style of these body sedans, coupes, and (that’s the fancy way of saying is timeless. The clearly defined and deck lid match with the body to create the ultimate of old-school German styling. without garish gimmicks to be how they designed German trendy was not in their vocabulary The pillar-less design of the 300CD allows for open air motoring and a silhouette that is sportier the car’s 0-60 mph time indicate and the station wagons old money better than about any car ever produced. Put an old Mercedes, particularly the W123-body is to the automotive world what the blazer is to the fashion world.

Unrivaled Reliability

With maintenance, these W123 are renowned for their long-term and durability. It is not uncommon to find cars still pulling driver duty with over 300,000 miles and examples have crossed 500,000 miles without the for an engine or transmission rebuild. was back when Mercedes marketed for their over-built and built without regards to They were built to a lifetime and that they did that. Look for the high-mileage badge and contact your Mercedes-Benz dealer to get one for your own W123 body.

Classic Mercedes Build

Reliability is one thing but build is another. Sure, a Toyota is arguably the pinnacle of reliability and are absolutely great cars, but do not have the attention to detail went into these Mercedes-Benz from the German car golden years. Everything feels solid and you can tell it was to last. The doors make hard-to-define thunk when you them even if the car is approaching the mile mark. Every of the car is made of solid materials to endure decades of use and still as new.


If you’re the absolute cheapest means of an automobile then these are probably not for you, but they can be very affordable vehicles, considering their quality. A daily driver without any maintenance can be had for around $5,000. another car for that price offers this level of quality for that price; the 240D and 300D models like rolling bank as a vintage Mercedes-Benz should. As as the previous owner did not defer and everything has been kept up relatively well, maintenance are not as high as you would guess. Buy the best one you can initially afford to money down the road.

Distinct Road Feel

A Mercedes-Benz has a distinct road that is unrivaled by any other These cars are built with a taut rigidity no other car of the time could The solidness of the chassis and the over-engineered give the Mercedes W123 road presence that long distance driving and confidence. Sporty cars old Mercedes diesels are not, but also do not possess the floaty of American luxury cars of the These vehicles strike a balance between taut and a balance that Mercedes’ is built around.

Vegetable Oil

While I am not in any way condoning the conversion of Mercedes diesels to French fry it is one of the reasons these cars are resurgence in popularity. Purists at the notion because waste oil can lead to increased wear of components and clogging of fuel but hipsters and granola types to these cars for the ease of they can be converted to veggie-mobiles.

They Don’t Build Like That Anymore

Mercedes-Benz W123

I covered the cockroach like of these cars; they are roaches because you can intentionally them but they rarely die on own. I have also the uncompromising build quality of young classics, so am I being with this one? not. These cars from an era when ‘luxury’ was a concept than it is today. cars were not flashy and not bogged down in electronic comforts or performance bits. The of luxury back then around the idea of solid and reliability. The car was conceived as one meant to the test of time. If a bolt hold the piece, the Germans two…just in case. Everything is giving them a tank-like Power windows, cruise and vinyl seats were the offered in these rides, but the came from the peace of in knowing that your car did it was meant to do. That is honesty, a of honesty sorely lacking today’s cutting-edge cars of gimmicks.

Accessible Classic

The cost of is not prohibitive and maintenance costs are since most of the expensive will last almost There are few cars over the age of 25 old that can be driven daily in form without the need to a tow truck on standby. The Mercedes-Benz chassis and the 240D and 300D are among those cars in exclusive group.


engineers built the car to last a and that shows in the construction of the chassis and the layout of components the hood. Nearly every piece is readily accessible and key are almost always rebuildable. was put on these diesel Mercedes the intention of disposability. It was simply not in the engineering mindset.

Statement Car Status

If you seek out one of cars, you are clearly sending a these are statement cars. you have an appreciation for the painstaking that went into the car or you the image. Professors, hippies, old money, eccentrics, artists, and hipsters are all drawn to the allure of cars. Why? Because

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