Golden Oldie: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300D

The W124 (1986-1996) generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class is in an interesting place in the automotive lifecycle. They are firmly between desirable classic and used car that a normal person might drive…but that shouldn’t stop you from considering one as a daily driver. They come from the early era of fuel injection and the early gasoline powered versions are equipped with KE-Jetronic fuel injection, which is basically an O2 sensor hooked through a Ouija board into a Bosch designed Rube Goldberg system of levers and pulleys. When it works, it works great, but when it doesn’t…you’d better know some prayers to the ancient German gods or be really handy with multimeter and pliers. The diesel versions are much more straightforward in their purely mechanical system to force fuel into the engine and can get to/from work with a variety of things out of tune and broken. An added plus for residents of California is they don’t need bi-annual smog inspections, but they can be slow if not turbocharged. Find this 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300D offered for $3,200 in Newbury Park, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1990 mercedes benz 300d turbo
condition: good
cylinders: 5 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: diesel
odometer: 175000
paint color: silver
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: sedan
1990 Mercedes Benz 300D

$3,200 Or Best Offer; Cash Only!
Clear Title and Registered until February 2024

Good MPG
No Smog
Low Insurance Costs
$139 Annual Registration Costs
Mercedes Model W124 is considered to be “Best Built Car”
No Yellowing/Foggy headlights ever.
New tires in 2021
Full Repaint in 2014 – “Smoke Silver” Factory Color

I have owned this car since 2014 and am selling to repair my SUV that broke down on the freeway while towing my trailer. This car is 33 years old and has normal wear and tear. Among the wear items are: steering wheel stitching is starting to come apart, driver’s seat headrest does not go up (but motor runs), I am not sure if the low fuel light is working anymore, I have touched up some door dings and clear coat failure areas, exterior trim needs a clip, there is some valve lifter noise, 2 vacuum pods in the A/C system have small leaks and I have plugged their lines off (although the A/C cools well and has been converted to R134a), the transmission shifts harder in first gear due to low vacuum condition.

See a better way to drive a cool old diesel?