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Diesel Power in the Mercedes Benz 240d

By: Dwyane Thomas

Straight out of the stables of Germany to the streets of Europe, the Mercedes 240D is a champion steed and was touted to be the most powerful diesel car to ever roll out, even outpacing its brethren the Mercedes Benz 220D. The start of the 70's saw the Benz lording it over the competition with a diesel powered variant of the W115 chassis. And even today, the Mercedes Benz 240D remains to be a dependable luxury transport amidst the onslaught of more powerful, hi-tech sedans. Those in-the-know and collectors alike would attest to the proven performance and durability of the Benz. Much credit is given to the topnotch Mercedes Benz 240D parts and accessories that have endured through time.

Among the many amenities of the luxury car are available heated seats, cruise control, leather seats and powered sunroof. Although it only produced a puny 65 horsepower with top speeds hardly exceeding 160 kilometers per hour, it was enough to be touted as the fastest diesel car at that time with a 4-cylinder, 2.4 liter engine. By 1976, it featured the demise of production of the W115 chassis with the migration to the W123 chassis. This also highlighted the release of the more powerful version that is the 88-hp Mercedes Benz 300D.

There have been significant changes with the 240D at that time. Firstly, the engine has been added with many horsepower (72hp). Production of the car continued until 1985 in North America. With the 1983 model, rectangular headlights have been installed instead of the usual round ones while an optional 5-speed manual transmission had also been added.

Albeit the limited technology it is incorporated -- the W123 version of the Mercedes Benz 240D was considered to be a more reliable model with easy-maintenance design. Its thick metal sheets and strong wear-and-tear parts have remained dependable. More of a traveler than a roadster, the Mercedes Benz 240D can be able to tread more than several hundred thousands of kilometers. Its long life span can be attributed to its low power output compared to its volume. In some countries containing harsh terrains, the Mercedes Benz 240D is used as a taxi or bush taxi covering hundreds of kilometers daily. This is clear proof of the vehicle's sturdy assembly leading to its long life.

Though quality and durability have been the bread and butter of the Mercedes Benz 240D, much should be attributed to the unwavering functionalities of the Mercedes Benz parts and accessories that gave the overall performance and personality of this long-living automobile. Made of the toughest materials the industry has ever seen, Mercedes Benz 240D parts have been scientifically tested to prove its worth of being a luxury vehicle bringing nothing but maximum customer satisfaction. Since this model has been around quite some time now, Mercedes Benz 240D parts and accessories have been spawned all throughout from the nearest auto parts dealerships, to the vast world of cyberspace. These Mercedes Benz 240D are not knock-offs, be them OEM, aftermarket parts, replacement parts, used parts and the likes. They have got what it takes to retain the rugged performance of a luxury car that the Mercedes Benz 240D can only have. No wonder it has become one of the major icons when it comes to luxury and mass-transportation.

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About The Author, Dwyane Thomas

Dwyane Thomas is a part time cook and full-time auto-enthusiast. This 31-year old Civil and Environmental graduate is a consultant at one of the engineering firms in Pennsylvania.

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