1994 Mercedes-Benz W124 E280 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Terrific long-distance express, apparently undimmed by age
New water pump in 2001, after I reported a slight appetite for coolant to the garage. Coolant consumption unchanged - were they just making work for themselves?
Squeaky ball joint two years ago. £13 plus an hour's labour.
Filler flap refused to unlock. Cost: a couple of squirts of WD-40.
I bought this car for high-mileage business use, even though it was already nearly six years old. I've now covered 84000 miles (bringing the total up to 175000) with exemplary reliability.
Performance is still first class and the engine uses no oil. However, you do need to rev it - it lacks the low-down punch of my old V6 Alfa.
It's a very fine long-distance car, with good ride, virtually no wind noise (or any other noise) and comfortable seats once you have found the optimal position.
A couple of rust spots have appeared on the boot lid. Otherwise the car is unmarked. It's even surprisingly clean under the bonnet.
Handling is completely up to the job, but the steering could do with more feel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd December, 2002