Junkyard Find: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbodiesel with 411,448 miles

<img data-attachment-id="1745100" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/00-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/00-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598884078","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"50","shutter_speed":"0.0012315270935961","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, LH front view" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, LH front view – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-11.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745100" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, LH front view - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-10.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-11.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-12.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-13.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-14.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">I like to search for junkyard vehicles with exceptionally high final odometer readings, a task made more difficult by the fact that just about every manufacturer besides Volvo and Mercedes-Benz used five-digit odometers well into the 1980s. Even in the middle 1980s, most cars weren’t really expected to hit the 100,000-mile mark … unless they were Mercedes-Benzes with diesel engines, in which case their owners expected them to make it to 300,000 miles. Here’s an oil-fueled W123 in Colorado that exceeded even that expectation.

<img data-attachment-id="1745106" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/06-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/06-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598883918","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"160","shutter_speed":"0.016666666666667","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, speedometer" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, speedometer – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-16.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-1.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745106" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-1.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, speedometer - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-1.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-15.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-16.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-17.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-18.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-19.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">Yes, that’s 411,448 miles showing on the clock. I’ve seen discarded Mercedes-Benzes that beat this figure (for example, this gas-engined W201 with 601,173 miles, this diesel W126 with 572,139 miles, and this diesel W126 with 535,971 miles), and I’ll bet many of their brethren with missing instrument clusters and/or from the five-digit-odometer 1960s) bested those numbers. I find plenty of 300k+ Hondas and Toyotas, of course, and even this surprising 363,033-mile Olds Calais, but the 400,000-Mile Junkyard Club is a very exclusive one. I’ve seen this Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon with 493,549 miles, this second-gen Honda Accord with 411,794 miles, and this 411,344-mile Toyota Tercel 4WD Wagon in recent years, plus a 1989 Pontiac LeMans that belongs in a junkyard yet will probably hit the 400k mark on the race track in the next couple of years.

<img data-attachment-id="1745132" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/35-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/35-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598884042","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"50","shutter_speed":"0.0045045045045045","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, Wikipedia page" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, Wikipedia page – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-21.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-2.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745132" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-2.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, Wikipedia page - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-2.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-20.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-21.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-22.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-23.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-24.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">1985 was the last model year for the legendary W123a, a fact I was able to look up in the junkyard without even going online. This 300D’s final owner printed out the entire English Wikipedia page for the W123 and kept it in the car. Was this to wave at prospective buyers intimidated by the astronomical odometer figure, or just to provide documentation for the driver to wave around when bragging to passengers about their amazingly reliable car? We’ll never know.

<img data-attachment-id="1745130" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/34-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/34-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598884032","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"50","shutter_speed":"0.0060606060606061","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, owner’s manual" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, owner’s manual – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-26.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-3.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745130" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-3.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, owner's manual - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-3.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-25.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-26.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-27.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-28.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-29.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">As is the case with most extreme-high-mile cars, this one had a lifetime of devoted maintenance and looked pretty clean even in the junkyard. All the factory-issue manuals were still in the glovebox after 35 years.

<img data-attachment-id="1745128" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/31-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/31-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598884013","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"200","shutter_speed":"0.02","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, keys" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, keys – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-31.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-4.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745128" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-4.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, keys - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-4.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-30.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-31.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-32.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-33.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-34.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">The keys were still in it when it reached this place, which— most of the time— means that the car was a dealership trade-in that no auction buyers would touch after its former owner left the lot in a new ride. A decades-old non-truck with absurdly high miles and a diesel engine won’t get much interest from used-car shoppers these days, particularly in AWD-crazed Colorado. Next stop, junkyard!

<img data-attachment-id="1745114" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/14-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/14-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598883952","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"80","shutter_speed":"0.02","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, seat upholstery" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, seat upholstery – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-36.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-5.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745114" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-5.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, seat upholstery - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-5.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-35.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-36.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-37.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-38.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-39.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">The interior looks nice, and the indestructible MB-Tex upholstery still thinks it’s February of 1985, when this car rolled off the assembly line in West Germany.

<img data-attachment-id="1745154" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/67-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/67-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598884174","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"50","shutter_speed":"0.0083333333333333","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, rust repair" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, rust repair – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-41.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-6.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745154" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-6.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, rust repair - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-6.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-40.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-41.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-42.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-43.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-44.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">There’s some body-filler-and-paint rust repair in the typical corrosion spots, not as bad as some of the abominations I’ve seen but presumably done after the car depreciated to a very low level in our current century.

<img data-attachment-id="1745152" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/65-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/65-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598884163","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"64","shutter_speed":"0.016666666666667","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, Autowerkes badge" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, Autowerkes badge – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-46.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-7.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745152" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-7.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, Autowerkes badge - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-7.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-45.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-46.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-47.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-48.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-49.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">Since it appears that this car lived in New England at some point, that rust doesn’t seem so bad.

<img data-attachment-id="1745120" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/18-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/18-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598883971","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"50","shutter_speed":"0.0075757575757576","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, engine" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, engine – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-51.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-8.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745120" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-8.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, engine - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-8.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-50.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-51.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-52.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-53.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-54.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">Here it is, the nearly immortal OM617 five-cylinder turbodiesel engine. This one was rated at 125 horsepower and 181 pound-feet when new, and I’ll bet it still worked fine when the forklift dropped this car into its final parking space. Sadly, it never had a chance to do any road-racing, a task at which the OM617 excels.

<img data-attachment-id="1745146" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel/51-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/51-1985-Mercedes-Benz-300D-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1598884108","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"50","shutter_speed":"0.0017482517482517","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, emblem" data-image-description="

1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, emblem – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

" data-medium-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-56.jpg" data-large-file="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-9.jpg" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1745146" src="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-9.jpg" alt="1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D in Denver junkyard, emblem - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars" width="610" height="343" srcset="https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-9.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-55.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-56.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-57.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-58.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/junkyard-find-1985-mercedes-benz-300d-turbodiesel-with-411448-miles-59.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px">How much would you have paid for this car in running, driving condition? We’ll consider that the Question of the Day.

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