1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E
Rare and stunning non-metallic Midnight Blue (902) over Palomino / Java Leather (264)
Equipped with ASR Electronic Limited-Slip / Traction control (Package 471), High-performance sound system (810), Dual front airbags (291), Power adjustable steering column (441), Anti-theft / Alarm system (551), Heated headlamp cleaning system (600), etc.
-Privately owned by Mercedes enthusiast (my seventh W124)
-No smoking, pets, kids, food, drinks, or odors.
-No accidents. All original paint and factory VIN matched stickers on every panel including front and rear bumpers.
-No warning or check engine lights. No oil leaks. Runs and drives beautifully.
-Clean title in hand, current WA-state registration. Clean CARFAX and VinInspect reports included.
-Odometer is original and functions flawlessly. I purchased this Mercedes at 157,000 miles in late 2012 from the 3rd adult owner who had the car since 87,000.
This is a very clean and well kept example of a first year 400E, combining the legendary W124 chassis and the buttery smooth power of the M119 4.2l 268hp V8 along with upgraded suspension and brakes. Base price of $56,150 in 1992 ($95k today) when they were still built in Germany. This example has been pampered and used as a secondary weekend car during my ownership, rarely if ever driven in poor weather and maintained to a very high-standard using only genuine Mercedes-Benz parts. Many if not all common W124 and M119 problems have already been addressed or are non-existent: the notorious bio-degradable wiring harnesses, electronic throttle body, transmission reverse gear, valve cover gaskets, oilier tubes, etc.
Original factory paint and body panels are all in very good condition. The car was always garaged and kept spotless inside and out; detailed weekly, waxed monthly, then clayed, buffed, sealed, and waxed every year. The car shows the appropriate patina of a well loved car with rock chips, dings, and imperfections consistent with age and mileage, the most notable imperfection is a couple small dings on the driver’s side of the hood. Front bumper has the typical driveway scrapes along the bottom edge and some scuffing on the impact strip. Rear bumper has a crack in the plastic on the upper passenger side. Overall the paint presents very nicely and shines beautifully with a deep gloss luster and rich color.
Zero signs of any accidents or repairs, straight cross member and panel gaps. The underside is clean and dry with factory undercoating and correct overspray intact. All original Sigla glass with no delamination.
The interior is in excellent condition and smells new, the car has been stored indoors the majority of its life and it shows. The rich Palomino leather remains soft and supple and contrasts perfectly with the dark burled walnut wood trim and steering wheel. The 400E came with additional sound deadening and insulation throughout, making for a very quiet and refined ride.
Original carpets have been preserved under floor mats since new. Included is a complete set of rare Mercedes-Benz ribbed sisal mats in matching Palomino. All vinyl, plastic, and rubber surfaces were regularly treated with Aerospace 303 UV protectant. The wood trim pieces were carefully polished, waxed, and sealed with UV protectant last year.
All leather is original and was cleaned and maintained monthly using the Leatherique system. There is some light wear to the driver’s bolster. Dash is straight and crack-free. Interior trim including the headliner, overhead console, door pockets, visors, etc. are excellent. This car has escaped the fading and shrinking vinyl issues that plague many W124’s, only the B-pillar trim on the passenger side is starting to pull away at one edge.Original factory supplied first aid kit is included and unused.
All features and accessories are working; power memory seats, all four windows, power telescoping steering wheel, central locking, cruise control, heated mirrors, every bulb and switch works, even the clock in the dash keeps time. The outside temp display functions but sometimes cuts in and out. Heat blows hot but A/C could be colder, likely needs a charge but wasn’t an issue in the northwest (1992 was the first year Mercedes switched to R134a which makes recharging very easy). Power sunroof is in perfect working condition including tilt, does not leak a drop, and was lubricated earlier this year using the correct Mercedes paste.
The factory ‘high performance' stereo system including original Becker head unit, speakers, and fader are working and sound great for 1992. The power rear antenna has a new mast but is currently disconnected to avoid wear on the motor. Wiring throughout the car has remained completely stock and never been cut, spliced, or otherwise modified for any aftermarket audio, alarm, keyless, etc.
The trunk is exceptionally clean and complete with all carpeted paneling and retains the original carpeted battery cover, straps, and insulated mat unique to the 400E. The full-size spare wheel and Michelin tire are still brand new. The car retains its original jack and complete unused tool kit including the wheel mounting stud.
This car is a pleasure to drive and has never failed to start or left me stranded. The reliable M119 is smooth and quiet but comes alive when asked, this is not a slow car. Endless passing power and effortless cruising. Still returns 19 mpg mixed driving but 25+ mpg is attainable on longer trips. Nearly no compromises versus the common six cylinder cars and no head gasket weakness.
Cooling system performs beautifully, has never overheated or come close during my ownership. Basic maintenance was performed by myself on a rigorous schedule while major service jobs and diagnostics were performed by a certified Mercedes-technician at Master Auto Tech in Bellingham WA.
Recent valve cover/timing chain guide service done, does not leak any oil. All fluids and filters regularly changed often ahead of schedule using Mercedes approved synthetics. Strictly run using 93 octane premium fuel with fuel injector cleaner added every other fill up. Brand new Bosch distributor caps, rotors, and both coils within the last 100 miles as preventative maintenance.
The engine oilier tubes are aluminum (vs. problematic plastic tubes starting in ‘93). As with most M119’s, the power steering has developed a slow leak from the reservoir, I top off every month or so with genuine MB fluid but would be an inexpensive fix to reseal it. Professionally rebuilt transmission shifts like new and is under full warranty until 2019 or 209,670 miles.
Tight steering and suspension, rides very smooth. Brakes were replaced by previous owner squeal at low speeds but does not affect their stopping performance. All drivetrain and suspension is factory spec apart from Bilstein sport shocks at all four corners. Never lowered, cambered, or otherwise modified. ASR electronic traction control works flawlessly and is a useful feature in the rainy northwest.
-Genuine AMG Monoblock Aero II’s 17” x 7.5” in very rare W124-specific spacing (ET 35) with Kuhmo Esctsa High-performance all seasons w/ approx. 20k miles and good tread, new OEM center caps
-European OEM trunk safety triangle with factory clip
-German-market accessory Sisal floor mats in Palomino
-German-market dark amber front turn signal lens’ (original NA-spec’s included)
-W140 S600 Burl walnut steering wheel (original black leather wheel included)
-W202 ‘twist-on’ shifter stalk conversion
-W210 Black leather knob (original included)
-Genuine Mercedes-Benz accessory splash guards (no drilling)
-Clamshell storage armrest in correct Palomino shade, produced in 1993 only (original cushion type included)
In the past 5,000 miles:
-Serviced with full synthetic MOTUL oil (recommended over Mobil 1) and new Mercedes-Benz filter every 6 months, just serviced 11/15/15 at 164,005.
-Complete transmission rebuild in Sept. 2014 at 159,678 done by German auto transmission specialist in Seattle w/receipts for $2,000+
-Updated upper and lower wiring harnesses with 2012 and 2013 date codes
-Updated ETA / throttle body with new gasket and breather hoses
-Updated copper ceramic fuses
-New Bosch caps and rotors
-New Bosch coil packs
-New rubber hoses, vacuum lines, clips, and connections throughout the upper engine
-New valve cover gaskets and timing chain guides
-New genuine MB spark plugs
-New rubber exhaust and resonator hangers
-New updated-style air intake hoses
-New NA-spec headlight doors, H4 bulbs, and correct yellow H3 fogs
-New oil pressure sender
-Brake fluid flush
-Power steering fluid flush, cap seal, and filter
-Numerous switches, relays, seals, bulbs, clips, labels, and stickers replaced throughout the car
-Instrument cluster connections resoldered
-Replaced passenger-side rubber mirror boot
-New driver side power memory seat switch and knobs
-New factory cut master key
-Lubricated sunroof, hinges, seat tracks, center sliding box, door locks, etc.
Previous owner invested over $6,500 with intentions to restore the car to showroom condition and performed the following:
-New Behr radiator, hoses, and thermostat
-New front pads
-New rear pads
-New air pump
-New transmission cooler hoses
-New air filters
-New power antenna mast
-New plugs, wires, cap and rotors
-New front Bilstein shocks
-New front brake rotors and pads
-New front sway bar bushings
-New rear Bilstein shocks
-New rear brake rotors and pads
-New shifter bushings and linkage
-Transmission and rear diff service
The car comes with all factory owners manuals in leather pouch, service booklets, original sales brochure from 1992, radio code cards, production data card, 4 keys, folder of receipts, indoor car cover, and numerous spare parts.
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