1992 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 400E 4.2L V8 from North America
When everything is 100% - My dream car!
The car was running beautifully - in my case ignorance was bliss. Then after two years of enjoyment.. the problems started. AC stopped working 100%. Reverse started slipping. Passenger seat (power) up right stopped working (you can still power it back - just not up!)
I really should have taken the time to learn more about my car. But before I did:
I changed out the transmission.
I put new struts and shocks all the way around.
I had the alternator replaced.
I switched to 18" AMG wheels and Pzero Pirelli tires.
Next up will most likely be that "bio-degradable" wire harness I am learning about!
I must say though that the interior looks brand new. The previous owner passed it down to his daughter (who of course didn't want her daddy's car).
The mileage is still way low for an 18 year old car.
I think all I had to do for the tranny was make sure the fluid was filled up - my loss, $2300.00 for a new transmission.
Interior is amazing.
Ride is ambassador smooth.
Speed at higher RPM's is respectable.
With aftermarket rims/tires, this car still jumps out at people and handles very well.
I just wish that the clear coat on these cars could stand up better in the Southern California sun.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th August, 2010
I have the same car, 1992 400E with 210k on it. Join benzworld.org and 500Eboard forums. The 500eboard has more V8 specific information.
I replaced my wiring harness myself and it was very easy. Does your car have ASR? If so, those are prone to problems as well. I've had mine since 150k and love it. It sounds like you have a good one with repair records etc. Do brake fluid changes, and use the correct antifreeze, either MB or Zerex (same thing). The engine is bullet proof if you keep the oil changed. I bet you don't miss your Bimmer, well most of the time.
If you are mechanically capable, your car will last you a long time, and they are easy to work on. I also drive a SPG SAAB, and the parts cost more and it is much harder to work on compared to the 124.
Good luck, and if you decide to sell it, email me,
Enjoy your ride!