1987 Mercedes-Benz W124 300 E 3.0 petrol from South Africa
Everybody should own at least one old E class in their lives
This was an old car, so it understandably did have a few problems:
Wear in the leather upholstery.
The air conditioner high pressure switch was broken when I bought the car (but was bypassed easily)
Excessive free play in the steering due to bearing wear.
The rear power windows did not work (a common fault, apparently)
I loved this car.
The seats were like laz-e-boys. On three occasions I had to do a 1600 Km drive in a single day, and each time I got out of the car still feeling quite comfortable.
As an old car, the rear end was a bit squashy, so the handling was a bit off, but it was still very comfortable.
It is an excellent long distance, high speed cruiser, easily bowling along at 160 - 190 Km/h all day, and still returning around 11 Km/Litre (it is very aerodynamic) at those speeds.
It is much heavier on fuel in town, obviously (around 5 Km/litre), as it weighs almost 2 tons.
Despite its '80s origins, the beige leather/cream carpet cabin in my car was beautiful and a very nice place to spend time in.
Again, although old, I think the car still looks great, with just the right balance between classic Mercedes and modernity.
I reluctantly sold the car at almost 300,000 Km (180,000 miles), and it was still going strong.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2005
I own one, but 11k/ltr at 160-190 kph? Come on, it is not possible if you come to think of it. At two tons and six cylinders for the 300E, despite electronic engine management and the best drag coefficient for its day. I have the Car test report on it, and they claim no better than 9k/ltr at 100mph.