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I think you would be happiest in an Estate for your family, all things considered. I bought a NEW estate back in '92 which I still have and raised two boys in it.....although it's presently feeding parts into a new-to-me Estate of the same yr.

Also, if you have the coin, try to find a car that's already been sorted out by an enthusiast. You'll have plenty to do still in just maintaining the car. If not, you'll have to sort out things like poor running engine, bad suspension, failing transmission, etc. It would be better to ease into working on a car of this caliber....rather than being thrown into a fan.

Agreed the m104 is a more advanced engine, but the NA Estate in the 90's has the 3.27:1 rear end which gives you plenty of zip even with the m103. The m103 is a basic warhorse of an engine...nearly bullet proof in all aspects. OBD I diagnostics is simply a blinking light code reader...not the best, but you can get by with it. If you can find a 90's Estate with the m104 that's been sorted and in great shape....pounce on it.

The trouble with Craigslist is that people shed their belongings there like lizard skins.....there is virtually no integrity/honesty required. Your best bet will always be to buy from an enthusiast. These cars HAVE to be driven a lot to keep their mechanical integrity. One low mileage (under 100,000) example that has not been drive enough is certainly NO brag or 'deal', as there will be numerous issues from sitting.

The 4Matics are great cars in function, but they require a certain mind set....I wouldn't recommend one to a newbie mechanic unless you lived near someone like me who has the experience/mindset with them. And they're pointless to own if your local climate doesn't throw snow & ice at you during the winter months.

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You're going to burn considerable time and effort to find an example better that Magic's listing. If you're ready, buy the car..period

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I am surprised the car is even still available. His listings normally get snapped up fast.
Looks to be a great example of a W124
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Wow, that car is the one, unless you are really holding out for a wagon! Snag it up while you can and enjoy!
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Unless you're used to small cars, the Estate is the way to go. However, the 124 offered is really nice.

My only complaint about the 124 sedans and coupes is the lack of interior space. Certainly your kids will fit, but be tight as they get older. Maybe at that point it becomes your car....lol!

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Unless you're used to small cars, the Estate is the way to go. However, the 124 offered is really nice.

My only complaint about the 124 sedans and coupes is the lack of interior space. Certainly your kids will fit, but be tight as they get older. Maybe at that point it becomes your car....lol!

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This is true, The TE really is ample big enough for the whole family I don't own one but two we have, a W211 which is huge and a VW Jetta are amazing in terms of seating and cargo capacity, Can't believe we went so long without one..... who needs an SUV
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The w124s are good but are getting older so its going to be more difficult to find well maintained decent mileage examples. If it were me, I would also widen the search a bit to also include w210 as well. The 96 and early 97 w210 still have the M104 engine if it matters. However I wouldn't turn down the newer V6 models as well. If you like a little more power, then V8 makes more sense. I think they only lose a few mpg to the V6 and I6. The mpg argument is really a wash. Only drawback to the W210s are that they had a crappier paint job than the w124's from what I've read. So rust might be more of an issue with them.

The only estate/wagon specific things I saw were a water leak on the passenger rear window corner (by c pillar) and self levelling suspension accumulators will eventually need R&R. My 93 300TE also had the third row seat, if I recall correctly. So that's a nice option for the kids (assuming they weigh enough to not need a booster seat).

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I prefer (I had one) a 94/95 w/the facelift. Just looks more modern all around.

I would try to stay away from ASR-equipped cars. Just more stuff to go wrong for what benefit?


I also like black interior cars. Hides the dirt a lot better than tan/gray. Magicbigdaddy car is perfect!


Wiring harnesses are fairly easy to replace. Don't turn down a low mileage, good running car if you find one w/the original harness, but budget some for eventual replacement. Of course, look out for oil leakage (head gasket) and non-working HVAC. Be sure the HVAC controls direct the air where you want it. Otherwise, it's a dash pull to replace those dang pods. And of course, if AC is important to you, make sure that's working. Evaporator change is big $$$ unless you want to spend a week replacing it yourself.


I drive my 1990 beater every day, 55 miles round trip and it's great! I hate the dirty starts on it, but other than that, very comfortable, and quiet (even w/the 3.27 rear end at 65mph!).
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Im going to be meeting up with Magic this weekend at some point. Thank you all, you guys on here praising him made me comfortable, and also makes me feel good about any future questions i have, i know ill have experts here to help!
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This is true, The TE really is ample big enough for the whole family I don't own one but two we have, a W211 which is huge and a VW Jetta are amazing in terms of seating and cargo capacity, Can't believe we went so long without one..... who needs an SUV
I don't think I've seen an SUV yet where I liked the lines....seems like the prerequisite for a SUV design is that they are butt ugly.

You can do anything with a 124 estate and a family. True, you won't have TV monitors in the back along with a separate sound system, but is that really how you want to raise your kids; separate and indifferent?

This town is full of status-seeking SUV owners....the bigger the better. And I rarely see them ever loaded or using the space they have. They're carbon footprint whores. I just hate the whole concept there.....can ya tell....lol!

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