Big Bodied Benz.
Same engine as 300D but Big body instead of small body.
5 cylinder diesel.
Cheap to buy. Parts cheap (buymbparts.com),
VERY easy to work on.
26-30mpg with 4K lb car. Steady as a rock.
Almost all repairs documented on web
If engine goes, you throw car away
AirCond is GM made and dies every 3 years
VDO odometer guages stop at 250K
Cruise control has manf. defect. It will be broken.
window regulators may need to be fixed ($50)
Stinky clattertrap diesel. (I love em’)
Electrical has always been iffy.
If you will do minor work like brakes and odds and ends, then this is a great car. If you want to take it to MB dealer, forget it. Go buy Toyota/Honda.
After 1985, MERCEDES SUCK. DO NOT BUY > 1985 . See consumer reports if you don’t believe me. 2007 was WORST car. Worse than hundai, worse than kia or suzuki.