1985 Mercedes-Benz W124 Reviews

1985 Mercedes-Benz W124 200d 2.0 diesel from Netherlands

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired332000 kilometres
Most recent distance361000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Custom Cruiser

Summary:

A brilliant piece of engineering

Faults:

Front wheel bearings had to be replaced, rear brake calipers + brake discs left and right. All the reaction bars at the rear had to be replaced, stabilizer bar at front axle had to be replaced, And tomorrow I'm gonna replace the rear wheel bearings.

Oh, I forgot to mention the play in the steering, that will be fixed next month.

General Comments:

The previous owner did not take good care of this car, resulting in a lot of maintenance costs for me. Despite this, I still love the car. It gives you a feeling of royalty when you're driving it. And you can notice the decent build quality in every part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2011

1985 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E 3.0L In-line 6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0L In-line 6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired17 kilometres
Most recent distance280569 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W123

Summary:

It hasn't made any problems for in my 21 years of ownership

Faults:

Hole rusted through original muffler. Fixed it at home, no big problem.

Had the wheels aligned a few times, it seems as if it's easy for the wheels to come out of alignment.

Haven't had problems with rust, due to the fact that it has very, very rarely seen to coast.

It goes through a generous amount of oil, much like my old Benz, so I thought nothing of it.

General Comments:

This car has never had a major breakdown. All I have done to keep is replace the disposals such as oil, spark plugs, belts, etc.

It has been an absolute pleasure to own, it is a great car to have in the country.

It is a very stable car, rock solid platform. It hangs on in corners. I have a decent rubber on it at the moment.

The only thing I could comment on is the engine though; I felt it is underpowered and the take-off isn't what it needs to be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2007

1985 Mercedes-Benz W124 230E 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 250

Summary:

Outstanding value. Excellent

Faults:

There was a serious problem with the automatic transmission when I first bought it (it had been neglected for a couple of years). I had the transmission completely rebuilt for 450 pounds. I regarded this as part of the purchase price.

The only trouble has been worn carbon brushes in the generator - easily replaced.

General Comments:

This car has been a bargain. Utterly reliable, luxurious, very safe, quiet and comfortable. The cloth seats (which are much better than leather) were worn, so I have fitted a set of Chinese velour seat covers that I bought in Addis Ababa. very comfortable.

And fuel consumption is less than I expected.

I have owned many cars, from a 1935 Morris 8 Tourer to a new Toyota Land Cruiser, including a 1961 MB 220SE, 1966 250SE, 1970 280, and 1973 W114 250. But this 230E is the nicest vehicle I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2006

1985 Mercedes-Benz W124 200 petrol from Philippines

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 kilometres
Most recent distance118000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Workhorse

Faults:

Not much except for necessary items with a car of its age.

I have replaced the alternator, at 110,000 km.

General Comments:

It's a solid car.

Super reliable and comfortable, although it lacks power at times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2004

18th May 2013, 08:40

This is still me, the car is now at 200,000 kilometers and I had a full engine rebuild, new alternator and air conditioning. Rear suspension bushings renewed, and I am looking forward to another 20 years with this brilliant automobile!

1985 Mercedes-Benz W124 300D T from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired206000 miles
Most recent distance225000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

An expensive car to repair, but want to keep. Putting in about $1000 year repairs

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car since I've owned it, but the previous owner only kept up work on the engine.

Needs shocks.

Brakes.

Replaced lower bushings.

Need upper bushings, @ $400.00 plus.

Wearing out front tires.

General Comments:

Car is slow, but once up to speed she's a great tourer.

Dashboard is cracked and the instrumentation is dim.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2003

1985 Mercedes-Benz W124 230E 2.3 injected gas from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 injected gas Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance206000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

An economy MB that apparently will run forever

Faults:

The fuel pump got very intermittent. A tow job to the repair garage would usually fix it and then it would be good for another 6 months. It eventually quit in the home garage and I fixed it myself.

General Comments:

This car has bullet proof reliability.

I drive it weekly and it never hesitates.

All the power is at 3000 RPMs or higher and then it scoots.

The original paint is so good that people stop me and want to buy it from me.

The interior MB tex is original and is wearing like iron.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2003

29th Nov 2005, 09:40

Hi I'm Mun Chong from Singapore. I drive a 200E 1991 W124 injection model. My consumption is at least 8.5km per litre and about one month after buying this 14 year old car, I had an accident. A Nissan Sunny about 1998 model, beat the traffic lights and flew out right in front of me. I had no time to avoid it, I was going straight at about 80 kph and no seat belts on. The Sunny, on impact flew about 20 metres sideways. My front fender was damaged, bonnet dented. I was unscratched. Consumption? Yes, but it's worth it. Crash test? With all that armour, I can't fault the consumption anyway. If you like it, buy it. It's the cheapest car you can get... as long as you don't keep changing it. Have fun.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 6 reviews