1990 Mercedes-Benz W124 230E 2.3

Summary:

Smooth, quiet and a pleasure to drive

Faults:

Had to replace the front struts and brake pads when I bought it. Otherwise it's in perfect mechanical condition with full dealer service history.

General Comments:

The car is 22 years old and in amazing condition. The body is straight, the paint is excellent and the interior is fantastic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2012

21st Mar 2013, 22:14

A friend bought a W124 2.3 petrol saloon. It was in excellent condition, but under the bonnet it looked antique. Mechanical contact breaker and a single barrel down-draught carburettor. I fitted a tow-bar for him, but it turned out that the car was no good for towing a small two-berth caravan, as it struggled. A 1.6 litre diesel van was a much better tow-car. Just why this was is a mystery, as a 2.3 litre Vauxhall Victor (petrol) that I used to run was a real fireball. The W124 problem was never looked at, as the car was re-sold, but the following are possibilities:

(1) 5 star 105 octane fuel needed?

(2) Carbon-string HT leads worn out?

(3) Plug gaps too wide?

(4) Distributor advance-retard mechanism seized?

(5) Faulty contact breaker condenser (now called "capacitor").

I have personally experienced all these faults, and 2, 3, 4 and 5 can all turn a good car into a slug.

Cars which have been "nursed" by never having been driven above 40 mph for a great many years, can also become slugs as the engines can become clogged with carbon. This happened to a colleague in the 1960s when his Standard 8 suffered from a piston seizure. The big end cap pulled away and severe engine damage occurred. In this case, nobody had ever seen the car go over 40 mph since it was bought new. When the engine was stripped-down, it was found to be choked with carbon.

Possibly the W124 was sold by the previous owners because the engine was down on power. Long experience shows that people very rarely sell a good car unless they are emigrating.

1995 Mercedes-Benz W124 E300 Diesel 3.0 diesel

Summary:

The car that will take you to the moon and back

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I heard once a saying that this Mercedes will take you to the moon and back. Well, now I am starting to believe that, because this vehicle is as tough as nails.

Nothing ever goes wrong with this car, and it's so competent in every aspect, that I would not be afraid to go up in the air and fly this thing - go figure.

Every now and again, as I drive and notice certain cars on the road, I wonder where are they all gone? Because newer cars, they just disappear and you never see them again. And this is the legacy that this Mercedes-Benz has left us with.

It is a heavy duty unit of commercial quality, that will stand the test of time, and I will never drive anything else.

All I have to say is Thank You to Daimler-Benz, for a premium product, that has given me so much joy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2012

25th Aug 2012, 20:49

If only the post-1995 ones were like this...

5th Dec 2012, 19:16

The moon would be a short jaunt! I looked for years and found a W124 300d. It is amazing. I have been running it on 100% biodiesel for 2 years without a single problem. Nearly 50 MPG and it is free! The W124 was the last good Mercedes, and they're bullet proof.

13th Oct 2013, 04:04

Year later and I have now extended the mileage on my 300d to 273 000 kilometres.

Just a regular servicing, and every six months it gets new warrant of fitness without any issues.

Inspection guys are amazed at the condition of my Mercedes.

And after 15 000 kilometres between the services, it does not use any oil.

When it comes to the new service, the oil is still at the maximum mark level.

Well this is now an 18 year old premium machine, and after all this time it does not burn oil.

In fact it is still powerful, and on the motorway is an absolute German powerhouse.

If I wanted, it would push all the way to 200 km per hour.

Mixed city and motorway driving, and I am getting around 750-800 kilometres per tank of diesel without waiting for the amber light to come on.

Which means I could probably get up to 900 kilometres for mixed city-motorway commute.

It runs on fully synthetic Mobil1 0w-40 and drinks Ultimate diesel from BP.

I have spend 3500$ and replaced dreaded evaporator with nice brand new one, and it is nice and cool now.

All done by a Mercedes specialist workshop.

Not sorry to spend this kind of money on a special interest vehicle like this legendary W124 E 300.