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You may want to ask if the engine wiring harness has been replaced. 1993 through 1995 model years all received harnesses that didn't last as long as earlier or later models.
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Originally Posted by mgill85258
Thanks for all the tips, i think i'll look for a 95 E Class... although i could find a newer model E Class around my budget, it would have higher milage. Do you think that the newer body E Class is just as reliable? Or am i better off with the 95?
I'd say definately, you'd be better off with the '94-'95, no matter how you cut it.

Go ahead, and look, at a couple of the W210 Sedans, ('96 - 02) and even drive one, and, they certainly look more modern, and space age like inside, and they are safe too, but know, on these, the legendary Mercedes build quality, and reliability is gone, and you could run into some *real* problems. These cars have MUCH more electronics and complexity built into them. More than a few seemed to be outright lemons. How about, starting with the spring perch failure,
(Discussed at length in www.***************** threads) due to inadequate factory welding, and rust developing, just what you need, having the car vomit its front suspension onto the ground at 60 mph. Nein, danke. I believe there might even have been a "secret" recall for this issue. Such a shame....

Certainly the cheapest route would be to get a well looked after W124 300E sedan, from the late 80's to early 90's. If you can afford more, and are interested in the later models, '94-'95 or so, take a look at the cabrio or coupe, they cost more, and the US ones only came in the version with the 320 engine. (Not so in europe, I saw a picture of an E220 white cabrio, with a manual, for sale in Austria. Imagine would have been a gray market car here)

Some of the W124 coupes from '92 and up had the "Sportline" package, that came with premium wheels, seats, and suspension, "Sportline" badging, and perhaps steering wheel, which makes them more desirable and sporty than the regular coupes. Steve and Peggy Nervig ( own a W124 Sportline coupe and I got a ride in it, in Las Vegas, some years back, and it's a beautiful car, and they lot it. Some of the early '90s W201 sedans had the Sportline option too, and IMO they were a very sharp looking package.

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Originally Posted by ProV1x
sorry to bust your bubble, but the words "reliable" and "Mercedes" just do not go together.
I think you need to redefine reliable. Reliablity is rated by if the leaves you stranded or not. Niether of my Mercedes have done that. Well, the 300E's throttle band did break back in 1996ish, but that part was recalled and the dealer was supposed to replace it, that dealer is now out of buisness. Except for that one incident, the 300E has been the most reliable car ever. Now high upkeep and maintenance it may have, but it is reliable and all the parts that need replacing give warning long time beforehand.
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Lots of good advice here. I own the first year, first month to North America 124. Bugs? What bugs. That is a popular notion though buy the late model because it was all worked out by then. I do not have a harness to do because it it manual injection. I did the head gasket when I did the valves 2 weeks ago. The 1st the engine was touched in 21 years! The head gasket wasn't even leaking! All that being said newer is of course newer? With Mercedes that does not mean better. Remember the (Hubbert induced) cost cuts started in 1990! I agree with evoluzione190 that a 124, 201 (although not my favorite looking but it is a real benz) and the 140. (I agree with him there just magnificent looking) Cascade said about stay away from 1st year. I do not agree. I have heard also what years to buy the 126 and most will say ALL were good years. Same with 124 at least until maybe cost cuts took over. Evo did you know that Mercedes legendary designer thinks that the 201 is his favorite for what it meant to Mercedes!
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jodyt: how many miles have you gotten out of that 124?

'87 300E: sold after 11years @ 230k & still on the road somewhere in rural Tennessee.

'94 C220 with 93k totalled 10/06 by hit & run broadsiding monster truck: not a scratch or bruise for me
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Evo did you know that Mercedes legendary designer thinks that the 201 is his favorite for what it meant to Mercedes!
I certainly did, as does the entire UK Owners Club.
25th Anniversary of the W201 next year, we're a proud bunch!
The integrity and feel of this car is so far beyond anything else from the class/period, they
make a genuine used bargain at present.

'93 W201 Euro 1.8568 Signalrot • 16x8J Evolutions
W201 ROTM February 2007

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A 4 cylinder W202 is probably your best bet, at least the non-Kompressor models.
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Not real high miles. 315k which is 195k miles. I do have to say it is strange you think as your car ages the repairs increase. I can not say that! I do love to say that you should get 30-40 years out of an old benz. People look at you like you are from another planet.
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Evo I have a friend who just bought a 1985 190 like yours. Red I mean his is for sure tougher. He just wanted a basic low cost car. Amazing though almost no rust! For sure a bargain and I agree with you on the 140. I am looking that way. Amazing car even if Bruno thought it was 4 inches to high. I don't even look at anything newer than a 140. Excuse me some slightly newer 129 but that is not reality car for me now.
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Look, the guy wants to get a Benz for his woman. If you look for a while you can possibly find a 97 or 98 C-class in the upper seven range. I have one and it still looks practically new. Make sure to get the tan interior bacause it holds up much better. It is reliable, great looking, great on gas, and was worth every penny i paid for it. Most of all it is newer and cheaper to maintain.
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