1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E 3.0 litre 24 valve petrol M104 from Australia and New Zealand
Nothing major - sticky sunroof attended to.
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