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

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E 3.0 Straight Six

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Straight Six Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired192000 miles
Most recent distance194500 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

Solid Sofa On Wheels

Faults:

Replaced worn rear shocks & other suspension parts.

Slight coolant leak.

Oil leak at front cover seal.

Brakes squeal when warm.

General Comments:

This car is now 12 years old and still gets approving looks.

Seriously solid, comfortable ride, loads of room up front, a bit cramped in the back though.

Great motorway cruiser. Feels happiest at speed.

Everything electrical still works, car feels put together properly!

US headlights are rubbish & ugly looking, will be upgrading to Euro set soon.

Steering wheel is massive and steering a bit heavy, buy a BMW if you want more sporty handling.

4-speed transmission is pretty good, but still would have prefered a manual 'box.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2004

29th Feb 2004, 15:54

Re. squealing brakes- this was due to cheap pads being installed. Now using better quality pads and no squeal.

21st Oct 2004, 20:46

At 204,000k my head gasket has started to leak- a common fault on these engines I've now found. It doesn't overheat, just uses oil and dumps some in the coolant. The AC also packed up.

Still love this car even with these annoying and expensive design faults and hope to get another one like it (diesel estate version though) when I move back to England.

16th Mar 2013, 15:03

Can this car be brought into the USA? How did you do it?

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300CE 3.0 liter 6 cylinder

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 liter 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz Porsche 912

Summary:

High performance luxury sports coupe

Faults:

Water pump leaking, replaced at 105,000, cost $600.

Motor mounts dead, replaced at 105,000.

Previous owner had the incorrect belt installed, which caused the bearing bracket to wear, replaced at 105,000.

Driver's side rear window up switch was worn out, must roll the window up from the back seat.

General Comments:

For a heavy car, this car gets up and goes.

Handles extremely well, despite not having the Sport-line option.

Seats are very comfortable, interior is very roomy.

This is a fantastic Grand Touring car. Very sporty looking and performance to match the superb styling and looks.

Only negative is that I would have preferred seating for 3 in the back instead of just 2.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2001

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