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Hi All, Sad story i totaled my A124 recently, and i'm looking to replace it, as it's a wonderful car - as you all know.
Question, i'm looking at purchasing one from a MB dealership (out-of-state), I have the VMI which is complete, seems like everything but the hydraulic cylinders have been dealt with. Now, i'm thinking with any used car, as i don't think they've warranted anything, that i should get a PPI from an independent.

my last MB purchase a W212 i picked up from the dealer and was warranted so i didn't bother.

thoughts, guidance...

much apprecaited,

-Marc
 

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It is very unlikely that a MB dealer would still sell a W124 due to their age, unless it is being sold on consignment or being sold by one of their employees.

I'd suggest at a minimum paying for the Carfax to get a general overview on the car's history before going further such as PPI ( a must).

A good indication would be that both the engine harnesses and the throttle body were replaced by this dealer (or another official MB dealer) at some point
 

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true, they generally sell Porsche automobiles, they originally sold it to a customer in 2014, maintained it for him, then he traded it in at the end of last year. The VMI is pretty complete, Looks like they purchased the MB dealership in 1997.
Wiring harness replaced in 2016 - the carfax shows dealer serviced with the exception of an oil change here and there. I can't tell if the throttle body was replaced
The car was dealer serviced according to the VMI from Purchase-2006 and 2009-Present

I can ask them if they can check to see if the throttle body was replaced

again thanks to all who are on the forum and can provide insight

Best,
Marc
 

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I saw an A124 for sale at the classic center once, a 1995 model. They wanted 20 grand for it. It only had like 21,000 miles. And they couldn't tell me if the harness was replaced or not. Nor did they care. No warranty on the car either.

Also the puente hills Mercedes or something had a convertible for sale for like 25 Grand.

This was many years ago is like 5 years ago. No warranty at all ...they were just really really nice examples with low miles. Worthy of being on a Mercedes showroom floor!
 

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I wouldn't pay $20K for ANY MB in this series regardless of mileage, except a privately owned and well sorted 500E500. That's just fool's folly.....

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I wouldn't pay $20K for ANY MB in this series regardless of mileage, except a privately owned and well sorted 500E500. That's just fool's folly.....

Kevin
No I did not! Just noticed.

I really liked the TE320 at the Irvine classic center though.. white / biscuit diamond cut 8 holes.
 

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A local MB restoration house had a Black/Grey 1995 E320 Cabriolet with 10,967 miles on it for sale for $30K. "All original". I was LMFAO until somebody bought it.
 

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We can recoil in shock as much as we might want regarding "too expensive" W124s, however the truth of the matter is we haven't seen the top of the market yet. As we might be too quick to forget:
  • the W124 was arguably one of the best if not the best long term platform Mercedes ever built on or will ever build on.
  • it only takes one person with enough money and who recognizes a top condition example to reach the top rung of the ladder.
  • there are more retired, 401k-backed baby boomers who appreciate these cars than there are pristine examples of these cherished rides.
As they say about Real Estate; "they ain't making any more of it".
 

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It looks like the Cabriolet and the E500/500E will likely be the survivors for the W124 series, at least for now, but due to Mercedes-Benz's bean-counter driven, short sighted replacement parts policies, even these will eventually be doomed to the crusher. In a way, MB is only following the current trend, exemplified by companies like Apple, that everything is disposable and should be replaced by the latest and supposedly, greatest. Never mind the planet or your wallet.

Okay, I will climb off my soapbox now . . .
 

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The only thing about the 124's is that they made so many and so many of them are still on the road. That tends to devalue the cars. And the word's out on OE parts drying up.

But it's true, the resources used in making a new car versus making an existing one work will never offset the damage to the Earth by the new car.....no matter what kind of mileage it gets. And what fun are new cars when they get ten yrs old or more......the 124's don't really look like any other car in the world, as it's unique.

Nothing is being made to last generations anymore.....the millennials and gen Z's are being sold that everything like cars and major appliances should be replaced with new after five yrs or so. They don't even fight it, they just roll with it.

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It looks like the Cabriolet and the E500/500E will likely be the survivors for the W124 series, at least for now, but due to Mercedes-Benz's bean-counter driven, short sighted replacement parts policies, even these will eventually be doomed to the crusher. In a way, MB is only following the current trend, exemplified by companies like Apple, that everything is disposable and should be replaced by the latest and supposedly, greatest. Never mind the planet or your wallet.

Okay, I will climb off my soapbox now . . .
Coupes are getting rare. Coupes always hold value over 4doors I think the coups will be worth something in the future.

Try to find a 560SEC at adecent price? Man they have go up!
 

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Coupes are getting rare. Coupes always hold value over 4doors I think the coups will be worth something in the future.

Try to find a 560SEC at adecent price? Man they have go up!
The coupes bring like twice what the sedans do in that series. Not seeing that in 124's....yet.

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I'm biased obviously 😉 C124s are cool.

I think I would prefer the 3.2 104 though. More low end torque and first gear start.likemy old E320
 

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Maui MB dealer doesn’t discriminate

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^This AND there's probably a Jag E type owner still pondering who took his rims.
 

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I live in East Tennessee. It is very rare for a dealership, Mercedes or otherwise, to have a W123 or W124 for sale.

The best place around here to find an old Mercedes is on Craigslist. It's also the best source for older BMWs, lawn mowers, etc.
 
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