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  1. hugh crawford
    January 31, 2020 @ 7:03 pm

    I think you misspelled teutonic in the headline … oh, 240D.

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    • DailyTurismo
      February 1, 2020 @ 5:24 am

      🙂

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  2. hugh crawford
    January 31, 2020 @ 7:27 pm

    I remember the 79 240D that I had fondly. It was a hoot to drive in NYC traffic, especially those onramps to the west side highway or the FDR with the stop signs at the end of the onramp and a blind curve in the highway. Pull up to the entrance, push the rightmost pedal to the floor, wait for a car that seems to have a space behind it, drop the clutch when it's a car length or two away, a half second of tire squeal and you'd lurch out into traffic as the car passed and with any luck not get rear ended. It amused the kids and freaked out the wife.

    The vacuum leaks in the doors that sometimes prevented the key from shutting off the engine was mighty amusing with Valet parking. One time I came back to the parking lot and they had been letting it idle for three hours. Being in a basement with an idling diesel they were not happy.

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    • DailyTurismo
      February 1, 2020 @ 5:24 am

      Oh wow, the vacuum leaks..I'd forgotten about those. In my 79 auto you would pop the hood and hit the "ENGINE STOP" button that would cut the rack, but I had a 81 240D with a manual gearbox and I'd pop it in gear, hold the brake, and dump the clutch to kill it. Felt nasty the first few times, but i drove it like that for probably 2 years. Never did Valet it…probably should have for the fun.
      The manual gearbox 240D was certainly faster than the turbo 300SD-auto that I had a few years later…or at least it felt like it. The Auto transmissions would take SOOOO long to shift that up hill was a joke, by the time it shifted it was back down into the previous gear territory. The 79 had 500,000 miles on it and the gearbox would only shift when you lifted off the go pedal. Good times.-Vince

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    • Unknown
      February 1, 2020 @ 6:37 pm

      I remember those NYC up-hill & curve on-ramps with a stop sign. Even with a mustang where I used both feet with an auto to make an entrance with both rear tires smoking and my lady passengers vowing never to ride with me again! Lots of fun in a rental!

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    • hugh crawford
      February 2, 2020 @ 10:12 pm

      All this reminiscing is making me want one of these again, but how the hell did the drivers seat wear out with only 97,000 miles?

      Mine had 250,000 on it when the Manhattan Mercedes-Benz dealer killed it by putting the oil filter on so tight that it broke the mount and had a catastrophic pump all the oil out on the ground event, but the seats were perfect.

      Raccoon damage perhaps?

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    • CFlo
      February 4, 2020 @ 6:11 pm

      My dream W123 is an '85 wagon with the turbo 5-cylinder and a manual swap. I did have an '84, auto of course, and sold it for faster prospects before I pulled the trigger on the 3rd pedal. But if you can live with a 4-speed it's certainly doable to swap all the manual specific parts over from a 240D.

      It wouldn't need drastic mods to be a viable daily driver I think. Biggest change would be a modern turbo, with smaller turbine & compressor wheels and better efficiency – this would reduce some of the glacial lazy feeling and improve response. A smallish intercooler, a bit more fuel (easy mod by cutting a larger slot in the fuel plate), fresh timing chain & maybe a valve job. I think you can also play with the P-pump to get it to bring more fuel in at lower boost which would give it a bit more midrange punch too.

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  3. Stan Beyerman
    February 1, 2020 @ 9:07 pm

    Sevastopol?

    Has Sebastopol gotten bigger all of a sudden?

    -Stan (the "busting your chops" Stan…)

    PS I always had the hots for the W126 series. Got a mint 280SEL instead. Boy, that was a learning experience… ( What did I learn? I learned I never wanted another MBZ).

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    • hugh crawford
      February 2, 2020 @ 10:24 pm

      Checklist for buying a Mercedes
      1) Do they use these for taxis somewhere in the world?
      2) Can I afford to put my mechanic’s kids through a small liberal arts college?
      3) Is this going to be my third car for “the journey is it’s own reward” and “traveling should be a character building exercise but I’m not crazy enough for a Jaguar” use?

      You should be able to answer yes to at least one.

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    • DailyTurismo
      February 4, 2020 @ 1:49 am

      Sevastopol…sounds like a pirate city. Arrggg…Sevastopol, ye matie.

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    • CFlo
      February 4, 2020 @ 6:23 pm

      Stolen city… Sevastopol with a v is the biggest city in the Crimean peninsula. Russia, please return to owner Ukraine. Kthankxbai

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  4. Rigid
    February 3, 2020 @ 11:49 pm

    I feel like this is a candidate for biggest change in character swap if you dropped a Honda K motor in it. From no power but tons of torques to no torques and tons of power.

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