Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 2000 E430 1990 300CE
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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W123 vs W124 vs W210
Any thoughts on comparing the W124 and W210? I actually started my Benz journey 20 years ago with a "gray market" W123 300D that I bought new right from the MBZ dealer in Freiburg. It cost me $9000 when I converted the Deutsche marks. Had it shipped to San Francisco for $1100. It was a non turbo and had a 4 speed manual that outperformed the turbodiesel that MBZ USA imported at the time. I put 225,000 miles on it and only replaced one clutch. It had an awesome growl at 80 mph, and made you feel like a Mack truck on the freeway. I would still have it today except some old lady ran a stop sign and plowed in to my passenger side and the insurance company totaled it.
So I bought an 87 300E for me and and 88 300E for my wife. Put 200,000 on the 87 until..... yup, some bozo ran into my rear quarter panel, knocked the rear axle, and insurance totaled it. Still have the 88 300E with 181,000 on it. The W124 may be the finest overall automobile I have ever driven. It has an incredible road presence, a fine balance between sporty and elegant. The straight 6 engine is so smooth and quiet and relatively maintenance free. I have never done anything to either tranny and never opened the head on either one. I suppose a little more power would be nice, but 25-27 mpg on the highway is pretty nice.
Last year when my 87 300E was totaled, I bought a very slightly used 98 W210 E320 with 30k on it in pristine condition. I thought no sedan could rid ebetter than the W124 until I bought the W210. I put 17" rims from a 2004 E500 on it and it handles like a sports car. Looks incredible to. I think the W210 body is the most beautiful sedan ever made. It blends all the trademark character trait of past Benz sedans into one sculpted piece of art. However , the first thing my 18 year old son noticed was how the seats had changed from the W124. It seems mbz decide to take the springs out of the seats, maybe to cut cost, or weight. They are still great seats, but just different. They just don't have the same luxurious feel as the W124.
I just found a 92 300CE for my older son in mint condition with 90k on it. I have to believe this will be a collectors car some day. The lines are so elegant and smooth. Sits a little lower and wider than the W124 sedan. Bottom line is, now I am on the prowl for a 300CE for myself just to have and hold on to.
Any thoughts out there?