Diesel Buyers Survival Guide by Kent Bergsma

Over the past six years we have received hundreds of emails asking us which is the best Mercedes diesel to buy and what should one be looking for when going on the hunt. In an effort to reduce the number of email replies, I began writing this book about three years ago.

Diesel Buyers Survival Guide by Kent Bergsma
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It has been a long time in the writing, but here it is! In the end it turned out to be more than just a simple buyers guide. It is my largest Mercedes manual to date: totaling 114 pages in length. Applies to all Mercedes Diesels from 1968 to 1995 including 115, 116, 123, 126, 201 and 124 chassis.

We chose to call it a buyers survival guide because it includes information about surviving ownership as well as how to go out and buy right. I have always admonished potential buyers that if they want a satisfying ownership of an older Mercedes diesel, then they are going to have to spend the time to learn something about them. I often liken ownership to a marriage: not a good idea to marry someone you know nothing about! Likewise, it is not a good idea to buy a Mercedes Benz you know nothing about. Buyer beware they say, or the honeymoon can be over very quickly and the divorce quite painful.

On the other hand, if you do take the time to educate yourself about the various models, pros and cons of ownership, best and worst of each chassis, things to look for in your pre-purchase inspection, and ongoing maintenance issues, then ownership can be both an emotional and financially rewarding experience. Even if you do not intend to do any of the maintenance yourself, it is still important to become familiar with the mechanical and service aspects of the car you want to buy. You will be a more informed consumer when you take the car in to a shop for repair work. Your very best defense against being taken advantage of in this area is knowledge.

If you are considering ownership of a 1968 to 1995 Mercedes Benz diesel or you recently purchased one and want to learn more about it - then this book is written for you. By the time you finish reading it, my goal is to arm you with the knowledge you will need to go out and find the right car to purchase and then maintain it to a standard that will make it a safe and reliable daily driver you are proud to own.

Kent Bergsma

Chapters included are:

  • Introduction:
  • Chapter 1 - Choices: What is a chassis number
  • Chapter 2 - Top 10 Buying Tips for all models
  • Chapter 3 - Top 5 Maintenance Recommendations
  • Chapter 4 - Buying a 123 Chassis
  • Chapter 5 - Buying a 115 Chassis
  • Chapter 6 - Buying a 116 Chassis
  • Chapter 7 - Buying a 126 Chassis
  • Chapter 8 - Buying a 201 Chassis
  • Chapter 9 - Buying a 124 Chassis
  • CONCLUSION: Additional resources
  • Appendix A: Pre-purchase Checklist
  • Appendix B: Post-purchase Checklist
  • Appendix C: Keeping a Maintenance Log
  • Appendix D: Understanding Chassis Numbers