Mercedes-Benz W124 Reviews from Sweden

1988 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E 3.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired345000 kilometres
Most recent distance361000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

Still a very good car

Faults:

Driver´s seat was worn.

I had to repair the last muffler. I will probably buy a new one.

Parking hand brake was not working. That is a typical w124 problem but usually don´t cost too much to fix.

The interior roof panel on the sunroof was a little loose. I bought new clips from MB and fixed it.

The engine had its KE injection set wrong when I bought it. Fuel consumption was crazy and the engine felt tired. It was not that expensive to get the workshop set it right again and fuel consumption was okay again.

Rust might be a problem with this model but mine is imported from Germany and has just tiny spots which I have taken care of. Be sure to wash, wax and take care of all minor spots at once and you will be alright.

General Comments:

A beautiful and high quality car for very little money. Performance is good even today and you can go really fast with it. Acceleration is good and it beats many new same sized cars.

The comfort is very good even with a worn and well used driver´s seat. Roomy and classy interior and perfect layout of instruments and buttons. I got mine with a sunroof which works good and it´s pretty big too, perfect in the summer for getting a tan and keeps the car cool even though it lacks air conditioning.

The six cylinder engine is silent, solid and works perfect considering it is 20 years old now. Highway fuel consumption can be pretty decent if you drive normal but also very high if you race at red lights in the city all nights.

For me the 124 series deserves the straight six or bigger engine to really shine. I have driven diesels and even the tiny 2.0 petrol carburator version. Both very economical and nice engines for everyday use but with the 180hp engine this car moves and is really wonderful to drive.

A perfect cheap summer car in good condition I can wax, fix and enjoy driving with. Thumbs up for old Mercs!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2008

1988 Mercedes-Benz W124 250D 2.5 diesel

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired420000 kilometres
Most recent distance450000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 760

Summary:

Good car

Faults:

Had to replace the brake pads...

General Comments:

This is a very good car... sturdy and reliable... very nice... low gas comsumption...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2006

1989 Mercedes-Benz W124 250D diesel

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance380000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W 126 280 SE

Summary:

A real highway star

Faults:

Over 200.000 kilometers and still going on strong with no problems. Just oil change and back on the road. Mercedes is the brand of quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2003

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews