1989 Mercedes-Benz W124 E200 2.0 petrol from Singapore
Deserved Icon of reliability and quality
3rd Party Car alarm a bit temperamental.
Driver's electric window stopped.
Very slight clicking noise at certain speeds
Rear view mirror replaced - S$35.
Front Wiper replaced S$17
Replaced Mercedes E200 lettering for S$20.
I sold my last W124 and within 5 days bought another! The former was a 1986 UK import with sunroof - sold for S$10K with 23 months left of COE. (non-renewable. The latter is a S17,000 1989 Cycle and Carriage original, love to bits by the former car-dealer owner... who ran out of money. (COE till 1998 but renewable).
This car is in seriously good condition. amazing solid and straight for a 2-year old car - let alone a 16 year old car.
So much sharper than the former W124 (due to an original suspension set up - rather than some messed about sports suspension).
MBTex upholstery smells clean and fresh.
Ice cold aircon and powerful engine.
I am tempted now to buy a convertible 320CE 1993 model for S$75,000. Fortunately the owner is refusing to sell for tles than $88,000. (It was $400,000 new some 12 years ago!!).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2005
23rd Sep 2005, 03:56
I used to own a 1989 Mercedes 200e which is an 8 valve fuel injected version. These cars are very solidly built. Have taken the car out on long distance trip to Malaysia and can say that the handling is very good and w/o any annoying rattles.
Only setback is that the engine is somewhat underpowered especially at pick up speed and fuel consumption is a tad on the high side. However, spare are relatively cheap and if you have a competent outside mechanic, he can save you quite abit of money. However, once the problem area fixed, it should last you a long time since these parts are often of high standard since it's for Mercedes.
All the best to your new car.
1st Mar 2007, 06:31
Now March 2007 - car still perfect.
White RH indicator light fell off. Replaced for $24 from Tye Soon.
Interior still looks fresh at 18 years, paint holding up well.
In last 2 years replaced rear bumper twice since it caught on a tree stump... About S$300 including paint - a one-day workshop job.
Of my 4 vehicles this is the most reliable.
19th Aug 2007, 09:44
Just hit 394,000km.
Running as smoothly as ever - except that the fuel tank sensor broke... So there is a knocking around in the tank with the remaining piece of flat sloshing around in the petrol. Mechanic will fish it out next week.
All else is running well. 16 Months of COE left. Will probably renew the COE for around $17K.
>>>> a good 2 years of ownership.
3rd Mar 2008, 07:04
A very reliable car Driving one for six years. COE ending November 2008. Thinking of renewing because no other car can be so reliable even if the car is new. Drove to Genting for a few times even when it is 18 years old. No major problems.
31st May 2008, 03:58
Arpil 2008 - Sold the car for $5000.
It had 400,000km on the clock.. 19 years old.
It was running perfectly.
Sadly - the new owner - did not top up the water.,.. and ran it with it overheating for over an hour!
I think the car engine will never be the same... (Hope he does not blame me for selling a lemon!)
I can recommend these vehicles. Super low asking prices ($5K to $19K) now due to high Petrol prices (S$1.75/litre).
Best to buy a 1993 Masterpiece with 1-2 owners.