|08-23-2009, 12:13 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jun 2009
How long do these cars last for daily use?
1996 Made in India E220
Acquired by me in June 2009. Had done 39500 Kms when I got it. Have done about 1500 Kms since then.
I have just changed all filters and oils.
Done whatever prevetve maintenance that was required.
The previus owner tells me that he has just changed the water pump.
The car is now 13 years old and seems to be working fine.
How long do these cars last? How long can I keep running it?
What would be the formula to understand life left using both chronological age as well as mileage done? Or is there such a formula at all?
|08-23-2009, 12:42 AM||#2 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Aug 2007
Vehicle: 93 300E 2.8, 79 450 SLC
Location: Southern California
These cars easily last more than 200k miles with regular maintenance.
98 Toyota Sienna (boring but keeps running)
95 Jaguar XJS
79 450 SLC
93 300E 2.8 (totaled by Silverado)
|08-23-2009, 07:12 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Date registered: Sep 2002
Vehicle: 2001 E320; 2002 ML500
Location: Philadelphia Suburb
If you have a 1996 then it's not a W124 but a W210. Not as well built but with regular maintenance and $$ expenditures, it can last 30 years or more.
'01 E320 Wagon 4-Matic
'95 E320 SE (gone)
'99 ML430 (gone)
'94 C280 (R.I.P)
|08-23-2009, 07:29 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Date registered: Feb 2009
Vehicle: 1993 400E
Location: Ft Lauderdale, Florida
The rest of the world had the 124 in 1996, we went to the 210
here in the US in 96.
Much like the W124 came out in Europe in 1985 while we had to wait for the 1986 model.
I was in Germany for a tour of the factory in Nov of 84 and 124's were already on the road.
|08-23-2009, 08:17 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: '95 E320, 175K miles
Location: Fort Worth, TX
While my current and previous cars are/were Mercedes, I'd always stood by the logic, if you're willing to repair it, pretty much any car can last an indefinite amount of time.
This is barring accidents/theft/etcetera.
There is always a point of diminishing marginal returns, and that point is sooner with other vehicles. A Hyundai Pony will run/move forever, but honestly, who wants to keep working on it that much?
Actually, I'm certain there is a small group of people who do, but I don't know them.
However, the 123/124/126 MB's are, in my opinion, the last of the cars which were built as a conglomeration of parts, not assemblies. This is crucial for longevity, because when something fails, you can either repair just the one broken piece, or if that is not possible, you can get around whatever isn't working, probably for an indefinite period of time.
My power antenna has a loose connection in the body where the motor is. I've had it apart enough times this summer to wait until autumn to mess with it any more. Ergo, I played with the connections long enough to get the antenna up, then I just unplugged the power so it remains 'up'.
My wife's 2002 Lexus (Toyota) RX300 will likely be similar in longevity to the MB, however, I know there are assemblies in it...like for the satnav and the instrument cluster. I merely hope those don't fail, that's all....
'95 E320, mostly stock, 220K miles, known as Baby Beater Benz...gave to my stepson...still original transmission, still no reverse
'05 Cadillac STS, V8, pearl white, 113K miles, my DD
Wife's ride: '02 Lexus RX300 AWD, all the options but a hitch, 114K miles
'99 Fleetwood Bounder Diesel 39Z diesel pusher motorhome, which has visited 9 provinces, 1 territory, and 49 states under our ownership, 127K miles and many modifications
|08-23-2009, 02:50 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 1995 E320
Nobody else caught the "Made in India?"
I thought all Mercedes were made in Germany (Austria for the Gwagen) until the Alabama plant came online. Unless they sold ckd kits to an Indian assembler like they did for South African BMWs.
|08-23-2009, 02:52 PM||#10 (permalink)|
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OTOH, car restorations make great projects for a father & son team (daughters too, I suppose!). If everything goes well and it gets done, it can be a Zen like experience. Far more than Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, if for no other reason, the total amount of quality time you spend together.
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