Diode pack in the alternator shorted, leading to a discharged battery, this was sorted for 60 pounds. Instrument lights not working, sorted by turning the odometer reset button! Does not mention this in the owners handbook, so if your instrument illumination is not working give it a go. It is the small black knob on the left of the speedometer, just turn it.
Exhaust failed, 400 pounds for a complete new one.
Slight clunk from the transmission, caused wear in the prop-shaft coupling.
Not bad considering this car is nearly twenty years old, and is driven hard.
This car has to be, in my eyes and in the eyes of many others, one of the best cars ever made.
The reliability and durability of the w124 series is testament to the design and quality manufacture of Mercedes Benz vehicles. There will never another range of cars as complete and as satisfying to own as these. That includes more modern Mercs, which by comparison, just aren't the same.
Handling is fantastic for a car of this size and weight, although the front dampers do wear causing an increase in roll, and a vagueness under braking.
The seats are supportive, plenty head and leg room. A very good heating and ventilation system, nice and warm in the winter.
Steering does lack some feel, but then all modern cars do anyway.
Acceleration is fantastic, but can also cruise along, and in near silence.
You can pick them up so cheaply, that it really isn't worth buying any other car.