Mercedes-Benz W114 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1972 Mercedes-Benz W114 280 2.8

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

Brilliant, classic, love it, own one yourself. It's now part of me!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

What a car; simple but brilliant. Leaves my W126 for dead. A classic of classics. Easy to drive, and even easier to love.

My next car will be a W114, and the one after that, and the next one and the next one...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2010

1974 Mercedes-Benz W114 280E 2.7 twin cam EFI

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7 twin cam EFI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired316500 kilometres
Most recent distance495000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Loved this car. A million times better than the 190E I had the misfortune to own 5 years later

Faults:

Water pump leaked shortly after purchase. Replaced with new.

Brake master cylinder replaced.

Replaced rear springs as they were sagging a little.

Centre bearing rubber mount on tail shaft replaced.

Opto (?) signal generator to injectors replaced at well over 450,000km.

Interior fan failed... replaced with a used item. Expensive labour costs as dash had to be ripped apart.

Indicator electronic module replaced.

Upgraded to CFC-free refrigerant.

Replaced front disc rotors (at close to 490,000km)

Steering box mounting bolts had worked loose, which meant you could turn steering wheel 90 degrees and car still would go straight. Needless to say I drove home very slowly... fixed next day.

General Comments:

The only time I could say the car let me down was when it suddenly died on the freeway. The signal to the injectors had packed it in, but then the car had covered over 450,000 km.

I'd class other problems as normal wear and tear, and the car was over 20 years old when I had to replace the interior heater fan.

The car was slightly heavy on fuel but servicing was very reasonable from Benz specialist (and also from an authorised repair centre who was absolutely excellent) so overall it really was very reasonable to run.

Beautiful engine and transmission.

Loud car on the highway got a bit wearisome.

Handled reasonably well, rode well though suspension bump-thump irritating (typical Benz according to road reports). Steered well though not sharp at the straigh-ahead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

1974 Mercedes-Benz W114 280 CE 2.8

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired268000 kilometres
Most recent distance283000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

A stunning yet practical classic

Faults:

Cylinder Head gasket replaced, but now runs superbly.

No other problems at all.

General Comments:

An absolutely superb example of German engineering at its finest. Well-built and comfortable, this is just a pleasure to drive, so much of a pleasure, we sold our other car, an Audi, an now use this as an everyday driver.

The ride is so smooth, you have to remind yourself you're in a thirty year old car.

It's also eye catchingly beautiful and always draws admiring looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2006

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews