I have a pre and post-facelift and 110% agree the earlier cars are superior. Everything is cheaper: paint, carpet, leather, plastic. When you drive them back to back you sense the updated car doesn't ring true as a traditional Mercedes like all the W126 were. My least favorite downgrade is the updated door design (which also has the door heating deleted).I've only ever seen one early W140 up close, a 300SE. It seemed everywhere I looked, felt and listened was an improvement over the later models. The M104 looked very handsome without that crossover intake pipe cutting through the valve cover, and it even has a float gauge at the front for the window washer bottle.