The Cars

1978 Mercedes Benz 200D 4 Door Sedan


Mercedes Benz 200DA basic German-built tank I owned during two years of my three year assignment in Naples, Italy. This was a solid German spec diesel sedan that my first wife and I used to explore Italy for the two years we owned it. It has been my only diesel-powered car. It was roomy, comfortable, and economical even by European standards. I have fond memories of this car for the association with exploring the beautiful Italian country-side.

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1978 Mercedes Benz 200D 4 Door Sedan
Purchased: – From private party, 1990, Naples, Italy
– Sold to private party, 1993, Naples, Italy
Features: – From private party, 1990, Naples, Italy
– Sold to private party, 1993, Naples, Italy
– Taxi-cab Yellow with Green interior
– 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder Diesel, later upgraded to 2.4 liter diesel
– 4 speed manual transmission
– Manual Choke, later upgraded to automatic with the larger engine
– German lighting standard including split parking/snow lights
– Fog Lights
– AM/FM Stereo
– Mercedes Hood Ornament
Major Repairs: Originally equipped with a 200D engine. The engine failed within one year of purchase, and was replaced by a local dealer with a 240D engine. The larger engine provided slightly faster acceleration and more power.
Comments: No power steering, built like a tank.
External Reference: Wikipedia Entry for Mercedes-Benz 240 D Series

The photo above was taken in the mountains just outside of Naples,Italy, in the winter of 1991/1992, on the road leading to the Monastery of Monte Vergine.

Photo Collection
1978 Mercedes Benz 200D For all the photos I took during the three years I explored Italy (and other parts of Europe) I have very few with our Mercedes included. This would have been taken sometime in spring of 1992 on the Sorrento Pennisula, one of my favorite local weekend drives.

1978 Mercedes Benz 200D 4 Door Sedan Factory Brochure
1978 Mercedes 200D Brochure Cover Cover of the 1978 Mercedes 200D Sedan Factory Brochure. This is actually an insert into the entire brochure package. Mercedes produced a rather lengthy and wordy description of all their Mercedes models for this year, together with brochure packets for each model. In the interests of keeping this relevant, I only posted scans of the 200D model.
1978 Mercedes 200D Brochure The car was large and very roomy inside, but no “frills”.
1978 Mercedes 200D Brochure Final page includes the technical data for this model. Simple and straightforward, pretty much like the car itself.


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  2. docreport

    Yikes, trying to comment and somehow ended up in your WordPress control panel. That was weird!

    So anyway, found someone that’s owned a few cars like me,although I have ya beat by around 20 LOL.

    Read most of your R. Garwood story. Geez that sucks.

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