Mercedes-Benz W123 Review from Switzerland

1980 Mercedes-Benz W123 230E

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Senator


A typical long-runner: No fancy stuff, but very reliable and economic


At traffic-lights the engine nearly stops in cold weather conditions, even if the engine was running for more than 20 minutes.

Driver-seat is quite seated out.

Rust is glancing up on door-bottoms (left front and right rear).

Uses about 14 liters per 100 Kilometers.

General Comments:

Super-value for the money (CHF 4'000). It is entirely clear, that the upper mentioned negative comments are obsolete in comparison with the fact, that this is a 23 year old vehicle.

Where else do you get a car for this money that takes you reliably practically everywhere?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review