04 odyssey (265k) 1995 E320 wagon (295k)
Oh come on! You of all people know that any car can make it to 300K. It's all about cost.Show me how many W210s make it to 300k miles.
You are very right about that. If you have deep pockets you could keep practically anything running. But here on the East Coast W124s are a daily sighting. We don't smog anything over 25 years so all we have to worry about is the aging of Bosch's fuel injection components. Straight up, I'll take a W124 ungaraged against an ungaraged W210 any day of the week. The driving experience in the 210 is more enjoyable but with the inclination to corrode, its bizarre transmission issues, and Teutonic exploitation of OBDII, it won't last as long IMO. As far as the M112, true its a solid powerplant but it too has its stupidity. Ignition coils that fail with regularity, catalytic converters that won't make 100k miles, oil level sensors that require the oil pan to be dropped; it has a ways to go before its bulletproof.Oh come on! You of all people know that any car can make it to 300K. It's all about cost.
A W210 will make it there a lot cheaper than a W124. M112/M113 engine are practically "bullet proof". How many head gaskets or valve seal replacements will be needed for a W124 to reach 300K?
One big reason you hardly see any W124s on the road anymore is that they are notorious difficult to have pass smog inspections. A W124 will literally emit 100X more pollutants than a W210.
I think once they got away from CIS-E and went to V-6's and V-8's that the drive train got more reliable/serviceable. But I'm a gasser guy and so cannot speak for the various diesels they used over time.W124, W210, both good cars.
I like heavy metal of 124, but agreed 210 (despite conductor plate issues) are very reliable. My wagon spent 14 yrs in NC, rest in Pennsylvania...w124 is not rust proof by any means. After all 210 is an evolution of 124.
But it doesn't change my love of the 124.