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Hi All,
I am in the market looking for a bigger car than my W201. I am considering W124 E320 but I was thinking I can get an S320/300SE since they share the same engine but I need to know if the maintenance/running cost are almost the same for both cars?

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W140 will be more in suspension and electrical components, simply because there are more parts which can fail.
 

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W140 will be more in suspension and electrical components, simply because there are more parts which can fail.
Thanks NZ, but do you think it will be a very noticeable difference?
I am asking coz based on my experience in the past 4 years from doing all the repair/maintenance work on my W201 and my brother's W124 I found the maintenance cost is almost the same for both cars although the W124 is bigger than the W201.
 

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The 300SE is a different engine, an LH engine management system. The 94 and on S320 is HFM with a taller rear axle ratio that gets considerably better gas mileage. I have the stripped down 95 SWB S320 which is comparable to an E320 in maintenance cost with the added benefit of having more room to work on some jobs. Other 140s will have the door close assist to take care of. A 722.5 transmission is a close cousin to a .3 but a bit more to maintain and rebuild.
 

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I also owned a '95 SWB S320 and you can expect the same issues as the later model W124s for the most part. Only a few more things to go wrong like the rear parking guides on earlier years, bose amps, little things like that. When you get into models with SLS and all that its a different story. Love the W140 though, so much in fact that I am probably going to sell my W124 for one...
 

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I made the same move! Went from a 95 E420 which was fun to drive lots of giddiup to a 93 300SE more room which is a joy to drive!. I put more money into the E420 but most was in modding parts. There was the usual comsumables like filters est. Couple of weird electrical bugs like a blown fuse that totaly fubared just about all the electrics. The 300 SE so far a few bucks for some AC supplies new fuel filter and the added bling items has been pretty good so far. But I can see where as the car ages stuff is gonna break and get costly to replace. I thank my lucky stars we have the people here with there know how and guys like Eddie and Pat to supply quality used parts at really fair prices to keep these cars on the road. I never believed in my life that I would ever enjoy driving a 17 yr car! But I just love this big boat!!
 

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I agree theres more electrical related issues on the 140 than the 124. If youre just looking for a bigger car than the 201 the 124 is perfect. if youre looking for more, the S320 is good.

keep in mind the 300SE and S320 is slow. So you might find the V8s wanting
 

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I agree theres more electrical related issues on the 140 than the 124. If youre just looking for a bigger car than the 201 the 124 is perfect. if youre looking for more, the S320 is good.

keep in mind the 300SE and S320 is slow. So you might find the V8s wanting
Like what? Name something electrical that's more trouble on a 140.032. If you want a dog get a 420 - heavy engine, heavy long wheel base, taller rear axle ratio. You can't go by number of cylinders - swb 320s are lively and downright fun compared to 420s.
 
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