You say “diesel in a barrel”, you think “millions of kilometers have passed without serious engine problems”. And there is nothing to brag about!
In the 90s, the Mercedes W123 was a permanent image on our streets, today it is a real rarity someone doesn’t like diesel and likes cars with better performance, the solution is 230 E petrol with 136 HP.In the early years of production, the waiting time for the car was very long
Meeting with this car the majority of the readers makes these words memories. Everyone knows this Mercedes, and everyone has a strong opinion about it. No wonder: even in Poland in the late 1980s and early 1990s, W123 was common on the streets. As a rule, the cars that came to us had a huge mileage or accident history (nothing to cheat – the rest were almost not imported), they were also due to the fact that the vast majority of the diesel engine was running under the hood. Today, when daily use of the W123 is rare, fans of the brand also notice gasoline engines that may not have the same indestructible opinion as diesel engines, but the mileage of cars with such engines is much less than with diesel engines. 280 E six-cylinder with 185 HP Who can resist this! the character of this car. This is the essence of a classic mid-size Mercedes. Our photo hero is the 240th version, in a more powerful version from 1978, the engine reached 72 instead of the previous 64 horses. Despite this, the title “rushing like moving dunes” belongs to him as dog soup.
The OM 616 device may not be very durable, but together with the body, where even the right-hand mirror was a sign of almost decadent luxury and required a generous markup, they create a symbiosis. the W123 has a strong but not overbearing character – even people who are not particularly interested in the automotive industry will not mistake this car for another. When you ask them about the W123, they probably won’t know what model they’re talking about, but all you have to do is say “barrel” and everything will be clear.
We are sitting in the interior. Under load, the seat cushion is lowered on springs, and the door closes with the characteristic sound of a bolt hitting the lock – by the way: this Mercedes is one of the few classic models where the owner must instruct passengers not to be afraid to put more effort to close the door, otherwise nothing will happen.
For almost 10 seconds, we look at the glow plug controls before the right-hand turn the key in the ignition – it’s on the dashboard, not on the steering column. The engine starts to run with a Bang, and we carry our thoughts back to the years when the harsh sound of diesel was an indicator of social status. The presence of an abscess meant – no more or less – the presence of considerable money. In turn, the presence of a Mercedes toad, and not a taxi, we add, is the property of modern business people, the so-called privateers. In Germany, thanks to taxis, the owner of a Mercedes with a diesel engine has become the object of ridicule and social tricks. It was also often used by bowsers who used agricultural fuel for propulsion (the Germans can also combine). No one, however, doubted the reliability of this car.
The gearshift knob is set to the “D” position, and our time travel begins. The lazy acceleration of the car should become a model for everyone who does not like to rush – you know, the rush at the wheel is the property of low – income people. The accelerator pedal orders are delayed where they should be, and the “automaton” tends to pull the individual mechanisms slightly (which somewhat affects the nerves and ears). The fourth, higher gear suddenly turns on only at really high diesel speeds.
At 70 km / h, the 2.4-liter engine is quite noisy. 75 km / h – nothing happens, 80-even louder, 85 – something broke? 90-maybe you had to choose “manual” … Boom! This is the fourth gear! Perhaps when the oil in the box warms up, it will turn on a little faster and more delicately. Meanwhile, it’s quiet again. We drive calmly along the narrow road, and our green monster pulls the last signs of haste out of us. The rumble of diesel sounds like a mantra, but despite its firmness, it doesn’t bother us. Not only that: we just like it!
Mountain or strong headwinds are not our allies – after all, 72 horses are very small compared to a car of this size. However, if you accept the power of the engine without prejudice, you will quickly learn to use the terrain or road situation – if you see from a distance that the intersection is red, it is better to get to it hastily because it will probably turn green when you get closer, You will not need to move, so all the pros!
Driving this car is a bit like swimming – you should be able to use what nature gives you. A prize? You will always reach your destination, and a glance at your watch will show you that it did not last as long as it seemed at first glance. Plus with reasonable fuel consumption. There is something else: for example, when the “automaton” makes a reduction to overcome a hill, an amazing connection is created between the car and the driver, and the thought occurs: “We can do this! We can do this!
When we finish moving and turn off the engine, the engine makes one or two more turns of the shaft, which is accompanied by strong vibrations – it is like patting an old friend on the shoulder. But don’t worry – if there is only some (even average) fuel left in the tank and enough energy in the battery to heat the candles and turn the shaft, W123 will light up for sure! This guy has it.