Mercedes-Benz W124 Reviews from Netherlands - Page 2 of 2

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 200E 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65407 kilometres
Most recent distance67759 kilometres
Previous carRenault 19

Summary:

My first Mercedes, and certainly NOT my last one!

Faults:

There was a leak in the wiper washer tank, due to dry rubbers. Very easy to fix.

General Comments:

Very nice car, which I bought from a Citroen-dealer. This dealer bought the car from an older man who only used it to go to church on Sundays, and sometimes to visit some family. Unbelievable, but in 14 years the car has made only 65000 kilometres (40.000 miles)! So it was no surprise the car drives like new... Well, I always say: it is possible to drive a new Mercedes for only 3,500 Euros (approx $4,000).

The only disadvantage is that the car has no air conditioning, power windows and armrest in the middle for the driver.

But the heating is very good, and separated for the left and right part of the cabin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2005

1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 500 E 5.0 DOHC 32V 326 BHP

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 DOHC 32V 326 BHP Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz SL

Summary:

Drive it, love it, live it

Faults:

Seats started to wear, leather is cracking on driver's site.

Electric Hirschmann antenna replaced 2x because it got stuck.

Windscreen wiper not very effective at high 200 km/h speeds.

General Comments:

This is THE ultimate Mercedes Benz you can buy. The 500E was developed in conjuction with Porsche back in 1991. It has only been built for 4 years, with the top line E 500 Limited at the end of 1994. These cars costed about 110000 euros when they were new. About 50000 euro more than an 400E W124.

I used to own a Mercedes R129 SL from 1989, but it had a lot on the odometer, so I traded it for this car. It has the same engine as my SL, although the fuel management system is different. The gearbox also comes from the SL.

The outside looks very plain. It has wide fenders, headlight washers, a sunroof, 16 inch alloy 8 hole Mercedes wheels and metallic paint. So it looks a like a normal Munich cab.

But on the inside it is luxury al the way. Power seats with memory, leather Recaro sport seats front and rear. Wood trim and boxes, armrest. Automatic Climate Control, Becker Mexico CD etc etc.

I bought this car in Germany in late 2002, because they are cheaper there, in Holland a 500E in good condition is impossible to find.

Driving a 500E is like nothing else, when pushing the throttle you won't get away, you will only have smoke and heavy vibrations throughout the car, so much torque does this car have. 90% of the torque is already below 1500 RPM, so that is a lot for a non-diesel.

At the motorway and Autobahns, this car is the absolute master. You can easily cruise 200 in utmost comfort. Soon after that you hit the limiter at 250, but I never drive that fast.

It uses a lot of premium unleaded, don't expect this 5.0 V8 to be economical. Service is also very expensive, as parts are very scarce.

Insurance is very very very expensive for such a car.

Still I really love this car, it looks very old and sedate, but only the true specialist will recognise an 500E.

I drove a E55 A M G w210 series, but those look to camp and you can really see that those cars can and go very fast, the 500E has the classic Mercedes look with Porsche adjustments.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2004

23rd Sep 2005, 07:14

I have a late '92 500E and have just completed 40,000km this last 12 months. Only one fault - a heater hose cracked under the jubilee clip, but I replaced it for €15.

I don't agree that it's expensive to service, indeed most of the general service items are cheap - filters, plugs etc - and the most expensive part of the service is the oil, 8 litres of synthetic run to about €60 here.

Do agree that it is a great car however, indeed a Porsche Cayenne S recently had a bit of a shock when the old green taxi pulled away from him after some motorway roadworks...!

Fuel consumption around town is about 21mpg (imperial) and if motorway speed is kept reasonable, 25 is not out of the question.

1994 Mercedes-Benz W124 250 TD 2.5 diesel

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance287000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

Very reliable car at low running costs

Faults:

The driver's seat is seriously worn. The front screen very sensitive for hits by stones.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, but not a fast car. The only thing replaced so far (beyond normal maintenance) is the end-part of the exhaust-pipe due to a hit on a traffic-ramp.

The car is very sensitive to different tire brands.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2001

26th Oct 2006, 14:41

The 250 TD is a good reliable car, however it lacks torque when driving around countryside hills and as a result it is constantly gear shifting the automatic box.

It does take a bit to get going, but on the open road top speeds of 120mph can be achieved.

Overall, excellent car that could do with a touch more power.

1987 Mercedes-Benz W124 300 TE Stationwagon 3.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres

Faults:

I have had troubles with the power sunroof, the covers on the inside got loose so I had to replace them.

In the beginning when I got the car I got it serviced at a Dutch Mercedes garage, but they are horrible, expensive and you have to wait much too long. Now I go to a German garage, they're much better.

General Comments:

Nice car, looks good, solidly built, too bad they were all a little cheap on the extra's back then in Europe, but overall a good car to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2000

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 8 reviews