If you’ve ever wanted to know why Mercedes-Benz models are the taxi cab of choice for much of the planet, this should give you an answer: Here’s a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD, and it’s traveled 560,000 miles from new. That is, obviously, an incredible distance.
First, a little overview of this car. Being a 1983 300SD, this Benz has a 3-liter turbodiesel 5-cylinder that made about 120 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Because this is an S-Class, from the "W126" era, it’s a rather heavy car, and the engine isn’t exactly a high performer, but it clearly did the job it was supposed to do.
With that said, it doesn’t seem like the original engine took the car through all 560,000 of those miles, as the ad notes that the current engine and transmission have only been with the car for the last 170,000 miles. However, if the original engine lasted 400,000 miles, that’s still an impressive feat. The car also has a lot of other new parts to help ensure its longevity, including brakes, a windshield, a driveshaft, tires and more.
According to the seller, this car has been his daily driver for 26 years — undoubtedly with a tremendously long commute. The car has held up well during that time, as old Mercedes-Benz models tend to do, but now it’s being offered for sale after two and a half decades in Las Vegas for $7,450. Find a Mercedes-Benz 300SD for sale