1974 Mercedes-Benz W114 280 CE 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

A stunning yet practical classic

Faults:

Cylinder Head gasket replaced, but now runs superbly.

No other problems at all.

General Comments:

An absolutely superb example of German engineering at its finest. Well-built and comfortable, this is just a pleasure to drive, so much of a pleasure, we sold our other car, an Audi, an now use this as an everyday driver.

The ride is so smooth, you have to remind yourself you're in a thirty year old car.

It's also eye catchingly beautiful and always draws admiring looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2006

1974 Mercedes-Benz W114 240 D from Germany

Summary:

My first own car - one of the best I ever had

Faults:

Nothing had gone wrong, except the accidents I or a third person caused.

General Comments:

Still in use - during winter time.

Extremely reliable when it comes to the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2005

1974 Mercedes-Benz W114 280C 2.8 liter from North America

Summary:

Classy, quirky, and fun to drive

Faults:

The odometer was flaky from the day I bought the car, and finally stopped at 112,000, so the mileages are estimated. The speedometer works perfectly.

Ignition points need cleaning or replacing about once a year. This is one of the few repairs I do myself, and the part is less than $10.

The master brake cylinder and both rear calipers were replaced, on three separate occasions.

The starter, alternator regulator, battery, and a battery cable were all replaced around 2001.

Both front seat belts broke. The replacements were expensive, but easy to install myself.

Both back windows stopped working, but I never bothered trying to fix them. The front right window pops at the top, probably because of a cracked part of the riser assembly. The driver's side window switch went bad this year, but I got another one at a junkyard for almost nothing.

The vacuum pump diaphragm for the power brake booster recently started to leak oil, which made for some spectacular exhaust clouds. The repair was inexpensive.

General Comments:

I love this car, and I hope to keep it for years to come. It's not especially powerful, but it's better than the diesel models.

It's very comfortable on long trips, and very rarely breaks down to the point of being immobile. The only time I have ever had to stop on the side of the road was because of the ignition points, but I cleaned them with a nail file and was on my way again in ten minutes.

It's attractive enough to start conversations in parking lots, and I've had strangers ask what I would take for it. I'm not interested in trying to sell it, especially since the bad odometer would destroy the price, so I just tell them it's not for sale.

Mileage is somewhere around 18 mpg.

This car doesn't exactly have the mileage or reliability of a Honda Civic, but it has something the Civic never will: personality. Considering how little I paid for it, and how low the registration and insurance costs are, I think the value is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2004

3rd Jul 2007, 18:00

Thanks for the info--may be buying one.

17th Sep 2008, 21:02

Thank you for the info about your car, it will help me with mine.

I recently got mine from my grandparents, and have had a few of the problems you have mentioned.

The most recent one is the moan I hear when I accelerate; not too sure what it is yet.

Also, with that vacuum pump diaphragm problem, if someone else reads this, another indication that's the problem is your spark plugs will be caked with burnt oil, and your brakes won't be that great.

If anyone has any info about the moan I hear, please post.

1972 Mercedes-Benz W114 280C from North America

Summary:

Beautiful white coupe, unlike any other of its time

Faults:

Replaced front brakes & tires.

Plugs left me stranded once.

Then it was the points.

... and then rebuilt the alternator.

Fuel line rusted through, replaced that & now I think I might be able to drive it again... wish me luck.

General Comments:

The first drive of this coupe was fantastic, each mechanical overhaul delivers a new car... each better than the last. It's a tight drive, fantastic feel cruising Henry Hudson Parkway or the highlands of New Jersey where we live.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2004

13th Apr 2004, 23:43

How might I make contact with this owner (as well as others)?

I am presently working on a complete re-write of a Mercedes-Benz Buyer's Guide and need information on the W114 chassis 250C/CE and the 280C/CE coupes.

Specifically, technical specs (wheelbase, weights, etc of the kind that is usually found in the magazine reviews of the cars).