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My wife and I have an '81 240D which we love. For a second car, we are considering an 1986-95 E class/300E and I was curious what everyone's experience was like with these cars after they pass 200k. Has anyone made it past 300k on a gas W124? I really like the design of them, but the ones I find in our budget usually have well over 150k and I am curious about the long term reliability/durability.

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As with even the 240Ds and 300Ds it all depends on how well they were taken care of. My W124 400E has almost got 160,000 on it and I would say it is pretty reliable considering how neglected it was before I took it into my hands. Nothing like the old diesels but I am sure it will easily go well over 200K. The 300Es are probably ten times more reliable than the 400E/500E and easier/cheaper to get parts. Not to mention easier to work on. Biggest issue would probably be the stupid biodegradable wiring harness insulation...I still think Mercedes-Benz should put out a recall on all of them. :rolleyes:
 

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Thanks for your input. Yeah, I heard about the bio-degradable harnesses; I guess even great car makers make some mistakes ;-)
 

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The M103's are better for long term. I've seen some at junkyards with 270-310k. Most hover around 220'ish. But if the person put the car in the junkyard, the likeihood they cared for the car much is slim....

So if you want reliability, go for the latest model M103 you can find. early 91 I believe was the cutoff before they switched to the DOHC M104.

Don't rush into finding it. Getting a solid W124 takes patience because buying the wrong one can be VERY costly if it has been neglected.
 

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My 1990 300E 2.6 had 105XXX on the clock when I first bought it 7 years ago.

I figured it had an additional 20 thousand miles on it based on the time from the last reported milage to when I bought it. I do 20000 miles annually, and my cousin did a little more than my average for 6 months while she commuted from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco.

Using those figures, I reckon my car has an easy 300000 miles on it. Fortunately my portion of that is all freeway miles.
Consumes more oil. Drinks water. Has more rattles and squeeks. Transmission is starting to slip. Switches and controls are a little more stiff.


But it is still a revelation to drive, especially considering the age and milage.
 

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i bought mine (1989 300TE) with 223K on the clock in Aug. 2010. i'm up to 229K right now. runs great. no problems other then i have a heavy right foot. its in great shape.
 

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I bought mine for $500 with 190,000 miles on it. It had a bad head gasket on it, which I had replaced, since then I have put about 20,000 miles on it and she still runs smooth. The only issue are all of the little things that go bad/wear out as things go along, but this car seems to have a dream to keep on running until I can afford a new S class...
 
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