Commentary – When you buy an old Mercedes diesel, make sure you like the color…

1985 Mercedes 300D front view small

At the time, I was considering either a new Ford Escort GT, Volkswagen Jetta GLI, or Saturn SL2 - all entry-level performance cars with about 123 horsepower.  For the same money, I ended up purchasing this seven-year-old diesel with 50,000 miles on it.  Although the 300D's 5-cylinder turbodiesel engine also makes 123 horsepower, it's not quite as fast as the others.

At the time, I was considering either a new Ford Escort GT, Volkswagen Jetta GLI, or Saturn SL2 – all entry-level performance cars with about 123 horsepower. For the same money, I ended up purchasing this seven-year-old diesel with 50,000 miles on it. Although the 300D’s 5-cylinder turbodiesel engine also makes 123 horsepower, it’s not quite as fast as the others.

(Photo credit: S. Connor)

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