A very solid well built car.
Bulbs failed (including on instrument panel).
Wear on hydraulic tappets.
Superb build quality - feels very solid. All components feel strong, e.g. doors shut with a pleasing 'thud'. I bought the car when it was over 18 years old, but in my first year of ownership I have only had to replace some bulbs, and latterly two tyres. I have had several Mercs (W123, 190); this variant (W124) is the best.
However the coupe is a heavy car, and it is not that brisk when accelerating. This suits me (in my mid-fifties) as I drive fairly steadily. But it is certainly not nippy. It comes into its own on a long run though - this is a car built for long distance cruising. On a motorway it feels very sure footed, cruises quietly, and is a comfortable car.
Fuel economy is pretty good - mid-late twenties for general motoring, mid-thirties on a long run per Imperial gallon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st December, 2012