How to Extend the Life of Your Mercedes Benz 300TD
A lot of us have fond memories of loading our family wagon with camp necessities for a weekend getaway. The roomy, mid-sized Mercedes 300TD wagon was the ultimate ride which boasts of an impeccable transmission system when properly taken care of. The beautiful, classic interiors are as stunning as the sleek body designed by Italian automobile designer, the great Bruno Sacco, who was Mercedes' styling head back in 1975. Over the years, the 300TD series has maintained its image as the ultimate classic family car. Here are some tips on how to keep that ride running smoothly like it was still 1985.
- Check the tires for repairs.
This is critical if you carry heavy loads on a regular basis. The 300TD comfortably seats 5 people and some models have foldable back seats for more storage space. Correct tire inflation pressure not only prevents flat tires but also contributes to the smooth performance of your vehicle. The 300TD is reported to consume an average of 20-24 mpg, so if fuel economy is an issue, you should make sure that you keep your wagon in tiptop shape to prevent fuel wastage.
- Rehydrate the tanks with the proper fluids.
You are dealing with a classic European car which entails extra care especially when choosing the oils to get the job done. Use only approved products for your filter and fluid changes. There are other options out there which may cater to your needs for a cheaper alternative but make sure that you do your research first and always consult an experienced mechanic before ordering replacement parts and fluids. If you're on a tight budget, a lot of do-it-yourself forums are available online where car experts throw in free advice on how to properly maintain your car and where to buy the right parts.
- Clean the interiors as often as you can.
Although the signature MB-Tex Vinyl interiors are proven to endure the test of time, it is still important to take good care of this vehicle through proper care and maintenance. Avoid using strong detergents or other cleaning agents with corrosive ingredients to prevent damage to this classic car. Using the correct cloth for the job is also essential to the proper upkeep of the insides of the vehicle so you better think twice about using that old synthetic material shirt for your next carwash session.
- Keep track of every repair done on your car.
You should record every single change that you do to your car, whether it was an oil change or a minor leaking problem, archiving repairs and replacements should help you remember what you did wrong should problems arise in the future. This is most especially important for DIY jobs that you do in order to save a few dollars but if you take your car to authorized service center or to your local repairman, make sure you keep personal tabs on the repairs aside from their accounts so you can compile all the repairs in contrast with your personal changes done on your vehicle.
Mercedes Benz 300TD: The First Turbo Diesel Mercedes Benz Station Wagon
The 300TD is an executive car that belongs to Mercedes Benz’s W123 line. This vehicle was manufactured and sold to the market from 1979 to 1985. Here’s a quick look at the changes and transformations of the Mercedes Benz 300TD, including its roots in the W123 line through the years.
The W123 is born
Preceded by the W115, the W123 line was first released by Mercedes Benz in 1976. “W123” serves as the brand’s internal chassis-designation for its line of executive cars produced from 1976 to 1985. Four-door vehicles under the W123 line were very similar to their predecessors, but they had minor differences in their wheelbases and overall sizes. There were also several deviations in terms of styling, but W123 models noticeably displayed a lot of similarities with W114 and W115 models. In general, W123 cars had round headlights, which came in varying sizes. This, however, was later on standardized all throughout the range. They were also powered by inline four (2.0 L to 2.4 L), five (3.0 L), or six (2.5 L to 2.8 L) engines and they were also made available with the following transmission systems: 3-speed automatic, 4-speed 4G TRONIC automatic, 4-speed manual, and 5-speed manual.
The naming system of Mercedes Benz vehicles are quite easy to follow because the different letters affixed after the model numbers stand for the engine size, engine type, or chassis type of a particular car. For instance, C stands for coupe, L stands for long-wheelbase, T stands for touring (also known as estate or station wagons), D for diesel, and E for Einspritzung (fuel injection engines). As a whole, W123 cars were made available in four body types—a 4-door saloon, a 2-door coupe, a 5-door estate, and a 4-door limousine. They were all assembled in different parts of West Germany—Sindelfingen, Stuttgart, and Bremen and they were all successful during their time.
The 300TD model
The Mercedes Benz 300TD was introduced to the market in September 1979 as the brand’s first turbo diesel vehicle. For its powertrain, it was only made available with an automatic transmission and it was furnished with a 3.0 L 5-clylinder turbocharged diesel engine, which could churn out up to 125 hp. In North America, it was available with a saloon and coupe variant while to the rest of the world, the model was only sold with the T body style. In 1982, all existing W123 models, except for the 300TD, received a minor makeover. They were equipped with rectangular headlights, power steering, and they were all made available with an optional 5-speed manual transmission. Production and sales of the 300TD model lasted until 1985 while the entire W123 line lasted until the following year. The line was replaced by the W124 shortly after.