1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E 3.0 litre 24 valve petrol M104 from Australia and New Zealand


Glory, Hallelujah!!


Nothing major - sticky sunroof attended to.

General Comments:

An astonishing piece of engineering. Acquired the vehicle ex estate of a collector who sadly only lived for six months after acquiring it from the original owner, who was literally a little old lady who lived inland, garaged it constantly and drove it linearly just 3,600 km per year for 23 years from new, and it had a perfect written service history. It's like a new car that's been time warped-forward 24 years. It's utterly incredible and I adore it.

I'm in love with its passionate over-engineering, the ethos of its construction (where form follows function), its understated look, its luxurious minimalism, and the fact those four points alone make it the diametric opposite to almost everything inherent in a modern car.

Counter intuitively, this is a very powerful statement to make, yet it's whispered, since it personifies the whole European notion of savoir faire and cognoscenti. It is like a bespoke suit, and every second spent driving it is joyous. I spent four years looking for a perfect 24v CE because they are better looking than the sedan, but its condition was compelling, and the cinch was that it had the magic M104 24 valve engine. Mercy, it flies! Like a magic carpet for riding long distances. Not a race car at takeoff, but once the cams come on at around 90 km/hr or 4000 RPM, the engine wakes up and reveals itself. It sings for a while then settles, smooth, mighty fast and hushed within. Will sit on 200 km/hr for hours on end.

They simply do not make cars like this any more, but here's proof they can still be found. It's a cherished second car, so does not get driven on bad days or short trips. My infant son will probably drive it when he's an adult.

If real engineering appeals, and you can find a great one, grab it. You will not regret it, and you will still be smiling about it on your death-bed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th October, 2015

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300CE Coupe 24-valve straight six from North America


Timeless Classic - A Teutonic Masterpiece


The original catalytic converter is breaking apart inside, the antenna mast goes up only 1/2 way (but radio reception seems to be unaffected).

Bear in mind, though - this is a 21-year old car.

General Comments:

Sit behind the wheel, go for a drive... and you are truly "transported". I don't just mean that you get from "point A" to "point B"... this car makes you feel like you're much wealthier, much more important and much more influential and intelligent than you really are. :-)

The engine and running gear are buttery-smooth, quiet and powerful, the interior swaddles you in leather, wood and the highest quality materials available, and the ride makes you feel like you are being pampered at a spa. When you park it, you look back at it admiringly while walking away and think, "Why yes, that's my car... isn't it faaabulous"?

The car feels like it was hand-built, hand-carved and custom-tailored by old, white-bearded, bespectacled German artisans.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2012

10th Nov 2012, 06:05

I agree with the above. I have the E320 Coupe. Just to see it reflected in shop windows whilst slowly moving along makes you realise how beautiful these cars are.

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 230E 2.3L 4 cylinder from South Africa




Replaced rear shocks at 186,000km.

Gearbox bearing failed at 195,000km, had the whole gearbox reconditioned.

Replaced the clutch at the same time.

Replaced the bearings and regulator on the alternator at 210,000km.

Replaced over voltage protection relay at 230,000km.

Replaced all 4 disk rotors and pads at 250,000km.

General Comments:

This is another great example of a great car from the world’s best car maker.

Excellent drive train, enough power to go up hills without needing to shift down.

Great all round disc brake system with ABS.

Very comfortable ride, and it is very smooth on the pothole infested roads of South Africa.

All interior electronics still in excellent working order.

This car was fitted with dual zone climate control, and it works perfectly.

This is a very reliable car that has never let me down; even my previous W123 series made it to 300000km without letting me down even once, and I still use it.

The only sad part is getting good service on Mercedes Benz Cars in South Africa; even the so called specialists do not really know what they are doing, they are the best new part fitters in the world, replacing parts until a problem goes away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2010