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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?
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These cars easily last more than 200k miles with regular maintenance.

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mr.hariratna the old benz modles are amonge the best and fine cars aver made
and if you manten it will it will last for life time .

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Regular maintenance is the key. It should last at least 10 more years for you considering 124's from 1986 are still on road.
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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.

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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.

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.
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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 for the satnav and the instrument cluster. I merely hope those don't fail, that's all....

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E220 will easily do 600,000 Kms with usual maintenance...
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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.

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Originally Posted by mckellyb View Post
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.....
Actually, that's not a truism with most cars. So much depends on the condition of the frame, sub-frame members, body panels, availability of parts AND the quality of the car to start with. True you can restore just about any car with enough money and sweat equity. But with a cheap production car to start with, a frame falling apart due to rust an/or abuse, an interior falling apart before your eyes, 'unobtainium' parts factor and a car fully restored that will take many thousands of dollars more than it's worth, yes, the law of diminishing returns applies. One exception would be say, a car that you fancied as a kid or even rode in. Then one day you chance upon one rotting in a field, a barn somewhere, or lost under rubble in a widows dusty garage-we've all heard the 'stories'. You decide to completely restore it, no matter what. That's been done a lot, but those are decisions based purely on sentimentality and emotion, not dollars & cents, or logic. I've talked to many people who have done just that and regretted it. Often, they've had to sell the car at some point to recoup their losses. There are literally thousands upon thousands of over-restored cars out there......sometimes after they have been driven a bit, they sell pretty cheap....make their loss, your gain.

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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