Mercedes-Benz W114 Reviews

1972 Mercedes-Benz W114 280E 2.8 injection D Jetronic from Greece

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1972
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.8 injection D Jetronic Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance338000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W115

Summary:

Indestructible feeling, German top class engineering, combined with classic elegant discreet beauty

Faults:

Have changed starter, rear heated window and fuel injectors. I guess it is fair for the age of the car.

General Comments:

This is a fast, for its time, executive sedan. 185hp in 1972, with good torque (over 240Nm) and 4 disc brakes, was impressive.

A bit of a noisy engine over 120km/h, but in my opinion, it is music to classic car lover's ears.

The car pulls very well indeed. Good acceleration, as well as top speed. You can cruise at 160km/h for ages, and you still have enough power to spare, and can reach 200km/h top speed.

This top of the series model has wood trim on the glove box, as well as under the instrument cluster.

The central console was first introduced in this series.

I love its white steering wheel that Mercedes stopped fitting after autumn 1973.

This particular 1972 car has still the elegant triangular mini windows that unfortunately were discontinued in autumn 1973 with the facelift. It also wears the double front bumpers that were also reduced to a single one in 1973.

Automatic transmission works fine, and so do the powerful brakes.

Huge luggage department.

Air condition (York compressor) works fine and cools really well, even at high Greek summer temperatures.

All major and minor systems work (rear heated window, A/C, power steering, heating, blower, etc.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2012

1973 Mercedes-Benz W114 280 CE from Brazil

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10

Summary:

A reliable and stylish car

Faults:

I had no major faults with this car.

All I did in 3 years of using the car on an almost daily basis, was to change the spark plugs once a year, and a new battery once.

General Comments:

The words that naturally come to my mind, every time I think of what to say about these cars, are endurance and reliability.

The W114 Mercedes are so reliable and strong, that after you own one, you start to understand why these cars were so expensive when new. It was the cost of quality materials and parts.

Just recently, after spending 10 months away from home, all I had to do was to throw some fresh gas in the tank, and it started like it had been driven on the previous day.

The engine performance is very good, especially at high RPM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2012

1972 Mercedes-Benz W114 280 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

Brilliant, classic, love it, own one yourself. It's now part of me!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

What a car; simple but brilliant. Leaves my W126 for dead. A classic of classics. Easy to drive, and even easier to love.

My next car will be a W114, and the one after that, and the next one and the next one...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2010

1970 Mercedes-Benz W114 250 2.5 petrol from Mexico

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance143000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Bora

Summary:

Beauty outside, Beast inside

Faults:

Nothing considering this is a 40 year old car.

The carburetors.

Starter.

Power steering leaks.

Engine leaks.

Rust in floor panels - replaced.

General Comments:

Soft, reliable and classic looking car.

Carbs changed for a Weber kit, and it runs very well now.

I bought it from an ex US embassy worker who did not use it, but kept it stored for too long with some rust in the floor panels, and leaks here and there. It took some time and money to restore.

Now is working very good, with a pleasurable driving and with an elegant look (the body in navy with honey interiors).

It is not a fast car, but is comfortable and safe. I had a crash where a old heavy Ford hit me in the left side, and no major damage was caused.

I am impressed with the quality of this car, and the fact that is a Mercedes, but is a simple car; no power windows, locks, or complicated devices that would make it difficult to repair.

I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2010

1974 Mercedes-Benz W114 280E 2.7 twin cam EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7 twin cam EFI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired316500 kilometres
Most recent distance495000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Loved this car. A million times better than the 190E I had the misfortune to own 5 years later

Faults:

Water pump leaked shortly after purchase. Replaced with new.

Brake master cylinder replaced.

Replaced rear springs as they were sagging a little.

Centre bearing rubber mount on tail shaft replaced.

Opto (?) signal generator to injectors replaced at well over 450,000km.

Interior fan failed... replaced with a used item. Expensive labour costs as dash had to be ripped apart.

Indicator electronic module replaced.

Upgraded to CFC-free refrigerant.

Replaced front disc rotors (at close to 490,000km)

Steering box mounting bolts had worked loose, which meant you could turn steering wheel 90 degrees and car still would go straight. Needless to say I drove home very slowly... fixed next day.

General Comments:

The only time I could say the car let me down was when it suddenly died on the freeway. The signal to the injectors had packed it in, but then the car had covered over 450,000 km.

I'd class other problems as normal wear and tear, and the car was over 20 years old when I had to replace the interior heater fan.

The car was slightly heavy on fuel but servicing was very reasonable from Benz specialist (and also from an authorised repair centre who was absolutely excellent) so overall it really was very reasonable to run.

Beautiful engine and transmission.

Loud car on the highway got a bit wearisome.

Handled reasonably well, rode well though suspension bump-thump irritating (typical Benz according to road reports). Steered well though not sharp at the straigh-ahead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 11 reviews