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Old 08-11-2007, 06:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1990 300 se w126

What is the most reliable years for Mercedes? I believe it was the S class w126. What are your thoughts on this model?
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Old 08-11-2007, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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I forgot to mention that I own a 1990 300 SE. It is an incredible machine with 121,000 miles on it. The six cylinder was the engine of choice for me. My research pointed me in the direction of the w126. The cost-no-object engineering is so true. The doors for example still close like a vault.

I think Mercedes should take another look in the area of quality control. People purchased Merecedes for that special attention to detail. I would have purchased something newer if it had the build quality of the w126.
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Old 08-11-2007, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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W126 (1986-1991). Definately.
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The w126 is one of the great chassis runs for mercedes. I too am partial to them.
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