Mercedes-Benz W114 Review from Greece

1972 Mercedes-Benz W114 280E 2.8 injection D Jetronic

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1972
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.8 injection D Jetronic Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance338000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W115


Indestructible feeling, German top class engineering, combined with classic elegant discreet beauty


Have changed starter, rear heated window and fuel injectors. I guess it is fair for the age of the car.

General Comments:

This is a fast, for its time, executive sedan. 185hp in 1972, with good torque (over 240Nm) and 4 disc brakes, was impressive.

A bit of a noisy engine over 120km/h, but in my opinion, it is music to classic car lover's ears.

The car pulls very well indeed. Good acceleration, as well as top speed. You can cruise at 160km/h for ages, and you still have enough power to spare, and can reach 200km/h top speed.

This top of the series model has wood trim on the glove box, as well as under the instrument cluster.

The central console was first introduced in this series.

I love its white steering wheel that Mercedes stopped fitting after autumn 1973.

This particular 1972 car has still the elegant triangular mini windows that unfortunately were discontinued in autumn 1973 with the facelift. It also wears the double front bumpers that were also reduced to a single one in 1973.

Automatic transmission works fine, and so do the powerful brakes.

Huge luggage department.

Air condition (York compressor) works fine and cools really well, even at high Greek summer temperatures.

All major and minor systems work (rear heated window, A/C, power steering, heating, blower, etc.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2012

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review