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12-08-2003, 07:00 PM
Anyone know of a truly mint 123 sedan (not wagon)? I have a friend who is looking.

(BTW, to reply, remove the "nospam" from my e-mail address)

12-23-2003, 02:42 AM

12-26-2003, 12:16 AM
123 wagons for USA were all diesels (300DT or 300TDTurbo)

TE's are great driving cars , BUT ,
depends on how good the gray market mods were performed.
A lot of the Gray Market cars of the 80's have issues with poor
door beams, improvised catalitic converter installs, exhaust system cut and botch weld, injection / O2 sensor circuit wiring, frequency valve for cleaner mixture control, all of this can be 'dodgy' and 20 years on, a nightmare.
...if purchasing a 'gray market car of the 80's, do lots of home work first and consult with a Mercedes-Benz expert before buying !

12-30-2003, 05:44 PM

01-13-2004, 08:02 PM
I personally like the wagons, but I'm inquiring on behalf of a friend who is looking for a nice one.

02-17-2004, 05:22 PM
In new jersey, the stable limited is selling a 280e euro with u.s. lights and alloys, and it looks pretty awesome.
<a href="">280e with stick</a>

08-25-2004, 07:35 PM
I have an '83 280TE that is a ball. An absoulte hoot to drive. It has the euro 5-speed manual, and federal exemption papers- thats right, no cat, no 02 sensor, no emissions testing required. It has a stainless steel exhaust, and is butter. Recently aquired- I'm still smitten.

pete in oz
10-20-2004, 05:00 PM
I have a W123 280TE (auto),1982 well maintained but with high Km's(400). It is extremely sluggish off the line, but fine at highway speeds. Fuel consumption at 100KMH is around 15-17 litre/100Km as opposed to 10litre/100Km as suggested by the handbook. It has had regular service by Merc specialists at great cost to prev owner, the assumption being that all is kosher beneath the hood. State of tune is ok, any suggestions where to start on improving economy/performance?? (I am no slouch when it comes to working on German cars) Also; interchangability of transmissions on the W123 range- which fits what ? is a '82 280 tranny the same as a an '86 380 tranny??

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