BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jan 2009
Vehicle: 1957 219 W105 , 1963 220S W111 , 1984 190E W201 , 1986 500SEL W126 , 1987 190E 2.6 W201
Location: Glasgow , Scotland
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The 300TE is a solid , reliable vehicle . I have run a standard 12valve 300TE ( like yours - there was never an 'official' AMG version but someone may have been busy sticking badges and bits of bodykit on yours ) to over 200K (miles) and a 24valve 300TE-24 which is essentially the same engine with a different head to 430k ( miles ) , so yours at 88k is only just run in . The engines can use a bit of oil if you drive them hard , but keep an eye on the levels and all will be fine .
The main thing that tends to go on these vehicles , and it is an age rather than mileage thing , is the pipework undernreath for the SLS , brake lines and fuel lines also corrode due to road salts , and all of these go in the region of the rear subframe where they are hardest to get at . I've had three estates : one W123 and two W124 which all needed pipes replaced - the pipes are cheap enough - the labour costs if you are paying someone else to do it or is a PITA if doing it yourself . I know lots of people in the owners club withestates and they ALL need this doing sooner or later . If you get a leak in the hydraulic pipes and your pump runs dry , you are looking at Â£450 for the dual chamber pump alone . It pays to keep an eye on the level in the reservoir - even the ZHM mineral oil can be pricey .
Automatic gearboxes and diffs can fail at high mileages , but the first couple of hundred thousand should be trouble free .
Window regulators seem to be made of softer metal on the 124 than some other models , drivers door regulator failure is not uncommon , only because this window tends to get the most use .
Don't be put off - they are great cars . Just service it on time and it should last .