Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 350SLC, 500SLC, 300TE, 190E2.3 Sportline
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Thanks for your comments
It is interesting what you say about build quality. Many long term Mercedes owners comment that whilst the newer models offer more features and generally better handling and safety, they do not give the reliability, longevity or general feel of quality of the older models. Whilst I would not consider our '90 300TE (W124) unreliable, I would say that in the just over four years we have owned it, it has not been as reliable as the '80 300TD (W123) we owned for the four years before that. My '73 350SLC (W107) has also been pretty good over the 20 years I have owned it. On the W124 forum where I usually spend some time, I read of many annoying and often expensive problems, a pity considering that many believe the W124 to be perhaps one of the finest cars of all time. We certainly love ours and hope that it will serve us well for many more years to come. There also seems to be many electrical and electronic related problems in the newer models and problems related to the additional technology in these cars.
My wife's parents have had a very good run with their '83 230E (W123) and probably figure it is a good time to update before age does start to take its toll. Their preference for a C-class (W202) is based on price, availability and size. So long as reliability is not a problem and it is not costly to maintain then it would suit them well. A good E220 or 220E (W124) would be OK, it's just that it is not quite as new a design as the C-class.
Thanks again for your input. Do any others have comments on this or suggestions as to what they should buy?
107.023: 350SLC, 3-speed auto, icon gold, parchment MBtex, (sold 2012 after 29 years ownership).
107.026: 500SLC, 4-speed auto, thistle green, green velour.
124.090: 300TE, 4-speed auto, arctic white, cream-beige MBtex.
201.028: 190E 2.3 Sportline, 5-speed manual, arctic white, blue leather.
201.028: 190E 2.3, 4-speed auto, blue-black, grey MBtex.
201.034: 190E 2.3-16, 5-speed manual, blue-black, black leather.