Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: 1990 560 SEL with Euro engine, 1998 SL500 Sport
Location: Birmingham, MI
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I would have to agree. The 126 series followed closely by the 124 series were the last of the reliable true Mercedes. Although some suggest the 140 was, the fact the 124 and 126 is DIY friendly makes the choice a no-brainer. The 140 had the last of the classic MB build quality but was a departure from its earlier roots with more bells and whistles that some say were problematic. Plus the are very difficult to fix yourself. After 92 things started to go downhill deteriorating to average quality by the late 90's early 2000's. I understand the quality has been improving... but they will never return the the cost-no-object engineering - build it first and then set a price mentality- of the 124/126.
Of course I am biased because I own (2) 126 cars... an SEL and an SEC Euro. Best built, most reliable cars I have ever owned bar none! Having said that, I love some of the newer models they produce.
1990 560 SEL, 1991 560 SEC Euro, Japanese Import