1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 3

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300D 2.5 Turbo 5 Cylinder diesel

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5 Cylinder diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired99100 miles
Most recent distance103500 miles
Previous carChrysler Concorde

Summary:

Perfection on 4 wheels!

Faults:

Nothing but normal maintenance items such as thermostat, ATF fluid & filter, coolant, fuel filters and engine oil. No problems.

General Comments:

I have owned several other Mercedes' and still have a 78 240D that has 285,000 miles on it. We bought this 91 300D because we are familiar with the very low maintanence requirements and excellent fuel mileage. We are getting 32-35mpg. The seats are typical MB - they appear too firm at first impression, but spend a few hours in them and you'll become a believer.

My 1st MB was a gas engined car and I found it expensive to maintain - the diesels only need oil changes and yearly air & fuel filter changes (depending on miles driven) without needing to worry about spark plugs, distributors, complex ignition systems or frequent tune-ups.

This MB is considered a E-Class - which is mid-sized. It has plenty of room for us and all the stuff we like to travel with. We hope to make some long trips in it this summer and really look forward to spending many hours behind the wheel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2006

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

Feels as if carved from a billet of steel

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car so far. I have had it checked at "more frequent than normal" intervals because of its age, and there are no major problems. There are a few minor leaks around the transmission coolant pumps, and a slight oil leak. All niggles are easily fixed for about $300.

Shocks need some attention and the weight of the car probably causes them to wear out prematurely. I am considering upgrading to a more robust shock when it comes time to change them.

General Comments:

I replaced the absolutely ugly US-spec headlight units with the Euro-spec units and the car is much improved in appearance.

The car is built like a rolling vault. Everything feels solid and substantial, and the interior is flawlessly laid out in ergonomics (if a bit austere in the traditional German fashion).

The performance is more than adequate. The comfort level afforded by fully adjustable seats (even the headrests are powered!) on long jaunts makes this a true highway cruiser.

Standard equipment includes dual-mode sunroof, powered driver and passenger seats, leather interior, real wood trim on all doors and center console, power everything.

Expect to spend about $5500 - 6000 for good quality examples.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2004

12th Feb 2008, 02:36

This car is awesome. A 1991, 300E 2.6 in pristine condition. All panels dent and scratch free, interior is flawless except for some carpet wear between the two rear seats. Mechanicals and electrics all work, but the transmission seems to slip some when in reverse. Black on gray two tone (lower cladding) and all chrome shines like new. But the kicker? 261,000 miles on the odometer and it still runs like new! People give approving nods and comment and simply dont believe it. Gotta get oil changes religiously or the car will go to spoil. I recommend every 3000 miles and no more. NEVER synthetics.

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300CE-24 3.0 24v I6

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v I6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 kilometres
Most recent distance159000 kilometres
Previous carMINI Cooper

Summary:

An amazing car if you can find one

Faults:

Shortly after acquiring the car, it needed a new driver's side electric window motor. This was replaced by my local Mercedes-Benz dealer for about C$700 including parts and labour.

The only other thing I have had done to the car was its 156,000km service which involved basically just an oil and filter change, which set me back C$100 at the dealer.

General Comments:

The 300CE/E320 Coupe was in my opinion the best derivative of Mercedes-Benz's W124 platform. Its sportier look, with the pillarless side windows for a sleek profile, gives it a lot of character and is very unique.

The W124 is a very high-quality product that one doesn't see in the newer Mercedes vehicles - Mercedes used to spend 8 years developing its models and on this model it really shows. Fit and finish is flawless, the seats are of high-quality leather and show very little wear after nearly 14 years and the wood (not imitation, real) is without fault.

In 1991 the engine was changed to the new SL's six cylinder unit, for an increase of 40hp (to 217). This makes it the 300CE-24, which is by far the best iteration of this car. It's fast and sounds like it has a V8, not a six cylinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2004

21st Dec 2006, 17:40

I also own a 300CE, 1992, and I think I love this car better than my 911 Porsche. The MBZ is quick, quiet, gets good MPG, and as one person stated, it sounds like a V-8, yet it sings sweetly to 7000RPM at roughly 154MPH...which ain't bad for a 6-banger!

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 8 reviews