Always Remembered RIP
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 1991 560SEC AMG
Location: Grass Valley, N. Calif. / Gardnerville, Nevada
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Probably the W124 about '94-95, the last year of the model run that began in 1986, the bugs were pretty much worked out by then, an E320 would be fine, just mind the wiring harness has no problems (many did) and no head gasket issues, and the AC is blowing cold. These W124 models are believed by many to be the last of the truly ultra high quality Mercedes sedans and coupes, still built when the engineers ruled and not the accountants, and built to a cost no object standard. If you can find one, try out an E420/420E, they give 80% of the high performance of the E500, the ultimate W124, built by Porsche and Mercedes.
The E420 is very polished, VERY quick, and balanced, and handles very well. For every day use, the E320 is fine, and there is a diesel variant sometimes found, if you like the oil burners.
The W140 was a VERY expensive car, over $100,000 when new, (1992-99) with HUGE potential problems, vacuum actuators, airconditioning evaporator failure that required removal of entire dash, 22 hours labor, a $3000 job to fix, soft close doors, computer problems, not expensive used because their manitenance costs can be HUGE (though they are sublime, sweet, safe and comfortable and a delight when they are running well, and the best car to be in, in the mother of all car accidents). If you get a bad example, invest HEAVILY in underwater financial scuba diving gear, you will be over your head fast.