Date registered: Jun 2004
Vehicle: 1994 E320
Location: Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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RE: Best Year to Get the W124 ??
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.