1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 200E 2.0 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65407 kilometres
Most recent distance67759 kilometres
Previous carRenault 19

Summary:

My first Mercedes, and certainly NOT my last one!

Faults:

There was a leak in the wiper washer tank, due to dry rubbers. Very easy to fix.

General Comments:

Very nice car, which I bought from a Citroen-dealer. This dealer bought the car from an older man who only used it to go to church on Sundays, and sometimes to visit some family. Unbelievable, but in 14 years the car has made only 65000 kilometres (40.000 miles)! So it was no surprise the car drives like new... Well, I always say: it is possible to drive a new Mercedes for only 3,500 Euros (approx $4,000).

The only disadvantage is that the car has no air conditioning, power windows and armrest in the middle for the driver.

But the heating is very good, and separated for the left and right part of the cabin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2005

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 CE 24 3 litre 24 Valve from UK and Ireland

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3 litre 24 Valve Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Uber-coupe from the guys who know how to build cars

Faults:

5-speed Automatic Gearbox came to a smoky end on Christmas Day on the M25 - very hard to find re-con/2nd hand replacement - new one from Mercedes costs about £3500.

General Comments:

If you want a car that is a cut above the rest in terms of comfort over distance, long-legs and a 'hyper-speed' factor on kick down, this is for you.

Fabulous build quality both inside and out - huge boot - this car is a real touring car, comfortable space for 4 adults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2005

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300E from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

Feels as if carved from a billet of steel

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car so far. I have had it checked at "more frequent than normal" intervals because of its age, and there are no major problems. There are a few minor leaks around the transmission coolant pumps, and a slight oil leak. All niggles are easily fixed for about $300.

Shocks need some attention and the weight of the car probably causes them to wear out prematurely. I am considering upgrading to a more robust shock when it comes time to change them.

General Comments:

I replaced the absolutely ugly US-spec headlight units with the Euro-spec units and the car is much improved in appearance.

The car is built like a rolling vault. Everything feels solid and substantial, and the interior is flawlessly laid out in ergonomics (if a bit austere in the traditional German fashion).

The performance is more than adequate. The comfort level afforded by fully adjustable seats (even the headrests are powered!) on long jaunts makes this a true highway cruiser.

Standard equipment includes dual-mode sunroof, powered driver and passenger seats, leather interior, real wood trim on all doors and center console, power everything.

Expect to spend about $5500 - 6000 for good quality examples.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2004

12th Feb 2008, 02:36

This car is awesome. A 1991, 300E 2.6 in pristine condition. All panels dent and scratch free, interior is flawless except for some carpet wear between the two rear seats. Mechanicals and electrics all work, but the transmission seems to slip some when in reverse. Black on gray two tone (lower cladding) and all chrome shines like new. But the kicker? 261,000 miles on the odometer and it still runs like new! People give approving nods and comment and simply dont believe it. Gotta get oil changes religiously or the car will go to spoil. I recommend every 3000 miles and no more. NEVER synthetics.

1991 Mercedes-Benz W124 300CE-24 3.0 24v I6 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v I6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 kilometres
Most recent distance159000 kilometres
Previous carMINI Cooper

Summary:

An amazing car if you can find one

Faults:

Shortly after acquiring the car, it needed a new driver's side electric window motor. This was replaced by my local Mercedes-Benz dealer for about C$700 including parts and labour.

The only other thing I have had done to the car was its 156,000km service which involved basically just an oil and filter change, which set me back C$100 at the dealer.

General Comments:

The 300CE/E320 Coupe was in my opinion the best derivative of Mercedes-Benz's W124 platform. Its sportier look, with the pillarless side windows for a sleek profile, gives it a lot of character and is very unique.

The W124 is a very high-quality product that one doesn't see in the newer Mercedes vehicles - Mercedes used to spend 8 years developing its models and on this model it really shows. Fit and finish is flawless, the seats are of high-quality leather and show very little wear after nearly 14 years and the wood (not imitation, real) is without fault.

In 1991 the engine was changed to the new SL's six cylinder unit, for an increase of 40hp (to 217). This makes it the 300CE-24, which is by far the best iteration of this car. It's fast and sounds like it has a V8, not a six cylinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2004

21st Dec 2006, 17:40

I also own a 300CE, 1992, and I think I love this car better than my 911 Porsche. The MBZ is quick, quiet, gets good MPG, and as one person stated, it sounds like a V-8, yet it sings sweetly to 7000RPM at roughly 154MPH...which ain't bad for a 6-banger!

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 21 reviews