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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=60398
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 10  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 02-06-2007
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1973 Mercedes-Benz 220D

My family has an interesting history with these... my grandfather (father's father, in Lancaster, PA) bought a tan one brand new. After almost a year with it, he loved it so much that he began dreading the situation if he ever had to replace it. So what did he do? He bought a lightly used 1973 220D that was dark blue, and stored it in his garage as the "replacement" for the tan one if it ever needed a replacement.

It never did.

My grandfather drove that tan 220D until my father moved back to PA in 1986, and my grandfather bought himself a brand new 1988 Buick Park Avenue Electra (with a nifty reverse-opening hood). The Buick was "good enough" to replace the tan 220D, so my grandfather gave my dad the tan 220D, and kept the dark blue one in his garage, no longer as a potential replacement car, but as a collectible. He'd drive the dark blue 220D ever so often, but never as a daily driver.

In 1990, my dad felt it was time to get a new car, and frankly, he was growing tired of the tan 220D's slow acceleration (0-60 when it was new was 24 seconds, can't imagine what it was after almost 20 years) So, he bought himself a 1990 Dodge Monaco (my dad always loved French cars for their smooth ride, and the Monaco covered that beautifully).

After buying the Monaco, he sold the tan 220D, which had 375,000 miles on the odometer and was still in amazing condition.

Sometime around 2000-2002, can't remember specifically, my grandfather sold the dark blue 220D to some diesel Mercedes aficionado in Virginia... IIRC, it had less than 60,000 miles on it.


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2-06-2007 @ 03:37:31 PM
Posted By : thirtyseven Reply | Edit | Del
220D>Buick, any Buick. 220D>Dodge Monaco. Sad story.

2-06-2007 @ 03:39:06 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
I like Grand Nationals. :) I want a Mercedes like this though.

2-06-2007 @ 03:43:38 PM
Posted By : thirtyseven Reply | Edit | Del
#2, oh yeah, forget about them.

2-06-2007 @ 03:45:36 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#3, I am gradually changing my taste in cars, and after reading more Evo/Top Gear/Car, and even Automobile, I have decided I want my next car to be either a) W124 or b) E30

2-06-2007 @ 03:53:16 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#1, Oh yeah, I should probably mention... when I first decided that I would live with my dad and commute to Penn State Abington, my grandfather offered to let me use the dark blue 220D as a commuter car... the idea was quickly nixxed when the idea of trying to start that *old* *DIESEL* car during a Pennsylvania winter popped in our heads... and my dad did not want my grandfather entrusting his classic Mercedes into the hands of an 18-year old that had only had my license for less than a year.

2-06-2007 @ 04:04:09 PM
Posted By : thirtyseven Reply | Edit | Del
#4, W124 all the way, baby. Best car ever built... we can start a club, hopefully.

2-06-2007 @ 04:07:38 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#6, :) I am trying to convince my mom that they are reliable. Our friend has a '92 on AMG wheels and it's hot. black with polished AMGs. I lovz it. Alas all the ones I found on autotrader are either rusting or have high miles (150k+) or both. :(

[Edited by ricerocketboy on 2-06-2007 @ 04:10:42 PM]

2-06-2007 @ 04:10:29 PM
Posted By : thirtyseven Reply | Edit | Del
#7, If they have been maintained, they are one of the most reliable cars ever built. If not, they can be a never ending money pit. Demand documentation.

2-06-2007 @ 04:12:27 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#8, I will once my truck is sold, and I actually start taking more time to think about what I want.

2-07-2007 @ 08:52:38 AM
Posted By : Disrupture Reply | Edit | Del
#7, Volvo 240 tank !


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