1990 Mercedes-Benz W124 Reviews

1990 Mercedes-Benz W124 300 CE 3.0 litre 24 valve from UK and Ireland

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre 24 valve Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired198000 miles
Most recent distance199000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo Mito

Summary:

Brings a smile to my face whenever I play with her

Faults:

Duo valve needed replacing; I suspect that this was due to the car being stored for a couple of years.

Replaced thermostat.

General Comments:

A truly elegant gentleman's car with stunning looks and a build quality that is second to none.

An absolute pleasure to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2014

1990 Mercedes-Benz W124 230E 2.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired213000 kilometres
Most recent distance218000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Liberty

Summary:

Smooth, quiet and a pleasure to drive

Faults:

Had to replace the front struts and brake pads when I bought it. Otherwise it's in perfect mechanical condition with full dealer service history.

General Comments:

The car is 22 years old and in amazing condition. The body is straight, the paint is excellent and the interior is fantastic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2012

21st Mar 2013, 22:14

A friend bought a W124 2.3 petrol saloon. It was in excellent condition, but under the bonnet it looked antique. Mechanical contact breaker and a single barrel down-draught carburettor. I fitted a tow-bar for him, but it turned out that the car was no good for towing a small two-berth caravan, as it struggled. A 1.6 litre diesel van was a much better tow-car. Just why this was is a mystery, as a 2.3 litre Vauxhall Victor (petrol) that I used to run was a real fireball. The W124 problem was never looked at, as the car was re-sold, but the following are possibilities:

(1) 5 star 105 octane fuel needed?

(2) Carbon-string HT leads worn out?

(3) Plug gaps too wide?

(4) Distributor advance-retard mechanism seized?

(5) Faulty contact breaker condenser (now called "capacitor").

I have personally experienced all these faults, and 2, 3, 4 and 5 can all turn a good car into a slug.

Cars which have been "nursed" by never having been driven above 40 mph for a great many years, can also become slugs as the engines can become clogged with carbon. This happened to a colleague in the 1960s when his Standard 8 suffered from a piston seizure. The big end cap pulled away and severe engine damage occurred. In this case, nobody had ever seen the car go over 40 mph since it was bought new. When the engine was stripped-down, it was found to be choked with carbon.

Possibly the W124 was sold by the previous owners because the engine was down on power. Long experience shows that people very rarely sell a good car unless they are emigrating.

1990 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E 3.0L from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance275000 miles

Summary:

Absolutely love my 300E

Faults:

So far everything that I've needed to get fixed or plan on fixing has come from the previous owner (s).

Many paint chips on the front and on the windshield. Windshield already replaced and planning to repaint too.

The sound system had by hijacked by previous owner. Wires cuts and only the 2 front speakers work. No fault of MB there.

Major oil leak when acquired. That has been fixed.

Seems like most small problems I come across come from previous neglect. Glad I have one of the last over-engineered MB's.

General Comments:

Very classic car that I love driving around in. It feels like you're driving a panzer tank around because of the solid feel of the construction.

Windows have just been 22% tinted, so it now looks like a mafia car.

Ordered Euro headlights to replace faded American-style junk.

Interior wood panels a little cracked from the sun, but I expected that.

The shocks make for an incredibly smooth ride on bumpy California roads.

Mechanic says the engine looks brand new inside. Hooray for German engineering.

Decent enough gas mileage, but makes up for it by being an incredible highway cruiser.

Acceleration is good enough once the car is warmed up, but can be a little jerky when cold.

Plan on owning this car as long as physically possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2010

1990 Mercedes-Benz W124 300 CE 3.0 Litre 12 Valves from Denmark

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0 Litre 12 Valves Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired392000 kilometres
Most recent distance394000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Das Auto!!!

Faults:

1 rod in the steering left side needed adjustment.

Wheels needed balancing.

A little jerky when shifting gears during high revs.

Rev counter out of service.

All faults existed when bought.

General Comments:

Is it possible to have a genuine German Panzer, that drives like a sports car?

Sounds impossible, but is nevertheless true. A few bubbling spots in the paintwork, but nothing critical whatsoever. Rest of the paintwork is impeccable.

Tried out another 300 CE 24 Valve, but decided that the 12 valve would do, and saved 50 percent on the purchase that way.

Handles better than the XJ6 Series 2 I had 20 years ago. Is faster than the Galant GTI I previously owned, even when being 300 kilos heavier.

Ever since I saw the 280 Coupe from the mid seventies, I have admired such lines in a car (why I bought XJ6 XK 38 instead of XK 40).

I almost got these lines in this car without the to heavy body like the S Class has got.

Airbag... got it... original onboard computer... got it, even though it's a bit slow being from 1990.

This car will be serviced and maintained, and will probably be in my possession until the GP denies the renewal of my license in 30 years from now.

Why did I not discover these cars before. Also had Ford Capri 2,3 GT and a lot of other stuff... nothing compares to "Big Beautiful Bertha", which I chose to call the Merc.

I hope some of the engineers designing her reads this... they most certainly deserves to know what a fantastic car this is even after 19 years... MB forever!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2009

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 22 reviews