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#1 (permalink) Old 03-10-2005, 10:20 PM
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Best Year to Get the W124 ??


I was wondering if your veterans can give me some advice on the best years to buy a w124 ??

Which years are the best years in terms of its aethestic appearance and performance ??

And ,

Do you think the acceleration of 300e is adequate or its better to get the 400e ?

As a potential new customer which things should I look out for that needed to be fix/changed on this model ?

Thanks a bunch !
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Well, to complain the 300E and the 400E is not a good example, because, the 400E(205KW) is V8 and the 300E(132KW) is Straight 6. if you want Power , than you go with the 400E. But if you look out for an "economical" car than you better go for the 300E.
And if you`re searching for the Ultimate Power in W124, than you have to choose the 500E!

But that is only my opinon, i thnk some of the other guys would say ,maybe something different!

And to your Question, which Year, mhm i think 1993 Models are best choice, because, they are through this time well developed since 9 years and have not "Bugs" [:D], thought.
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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

Though many don't like the M104 engine in the later 300Es and E320s, I prefer it, it offeres up almost 220hp and almost 230lb/ft of torque. Put your foot down and it'll really get up and move, it's not a drag light racer, but it'll pull more on the highway than you would imagine. Plus you'll get excellent mileage out of it. The 400E owners will argue that the V8 is the way to go, but commuting several dozen miles everyday, I find the 1993 300E with it's 104.992 engine, when you take care of the headgasket and the engine wiring harness, it'll be nice in return to you.


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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

W124 best years are 94 and 95...the final years of its production. Aesthetically, W124 looks better and nicer with the facelift since 94.

Just my opinion.
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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

I would agree that like most cars the later years are the best 94-96 although the W124 changed very little in appearance the engines developed quite a bit. Having owned M104 and M606 powered models I would tend to avoid the M104 (6 pot multivalve) unless you have documentary evidence that the head gasket and wiring loom have been replaced then its fine.

If you live in the US where gas is cheaper than water then go straight to the V8 (400E or 500E)which in addition to being more fun is also (as i am told) very reliable.



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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

Hello everyone

Not that I disagree with what you guys said, but I've tried a couple of later model 124s with the M104, and found that I prefered the M103's "smoothness" and higher low-end pull. My car has perfectly adequate power for my needs, and I've actually managed to smoke many later cars with significantly more powerful engines (what with leaving a BMW 740 in my dust, and don't even get me started on Nissan Maxima raceboys!)
I'd love to get an 400E or even a 500E, but for my extensive everyday driving, it simply doesn't make sense.
To the original poster, I have this to say (and this is strictly my personal opinion, and I can be wrong): I practical terms, there really isn't a "modelyear significance" to the 124. A clean, well-kept 1986 124 will be just as trouble-free as a good 1995 124. When I hunted down and bought my car, it didn't even occur to me to ask what model year it is until later in finalizing the deal. All I cared about was it's condition, and when I found that the car was clean, I grabbed it! My car is 18 years old, but it had only 72,000 km on the clock when I got it, and judging by the condition of the car, I think it's authentic (now it has 105,000 km and runs even better than the day I bought it).
However, if you want the satisfaction of later technology and improved safety measures like airbags traction control and programmable transmission, that's another story. Personally, I prefer the 1980s (relative) simplicity.
Good luck.

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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

The M103 300E's are the best but you'd be hard pressed to find one on sale that doesn't need work because if it DIDN'T need work the owner would never get rid of it LOL.

The 94-95 e320 is an awesome vehicle as long as all the annoying crap like wiring harness has been taking care off. Its also semi-ODBC compliant. Engine parts are more expensive I think. Electronic parts also more expensive. Safety is a cut above.
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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

Definitely '94-'95.
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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

Yes take the 94-95 W124. They are more refined and MB have fixed the bugs and problems of the ealier cars (If they had any). My E280 (2.8L) is late a 1995 model and it's slightly different to the 80's and early 90's W124's. Cosmetically the bootlid and the hood are very slightly different and more options where offered in the 94-95 cars. The bumpers are colour coded and the bottom cladding of the car is shiny like the paintwork.

Something like the laser central locking...etc is included (as option) in the later models & driver with passenger SRS airbags. I think burlwood was also offered as an option to all W124 later cars (94-95) although the E500/500E got it standard in its production years (91-94).

The E500/500E (5.0L) is the most powerful of the W124's as standard (AMG offered an E60 Later on) and the E 200 (2.0L) being the least powerful but all W124's are great cars and they will all live on to be great cars for a very very long time.

If anything here is incorrect, please let me know, I wish to stand corrected for any mistakes made.

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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??

Just wondering when did the new m104 engine come to MB was it in 91 or 90 ?

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