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Thought this would be fun for all!
what made you purchase a 124? where or whom did you buy it from?
how much did you pay for your 124?
how much do you have into it so far?
who works on it ? you or a repair shop/dealer?

My son JM decided that's what he wanted to drive at age 20,so he found one on ebay 1992 300e white and grey 119k in September 2011 and got it four $ 3,300/$ 3,730 by the time it was delivered . probably close to 4,800 so far,Blown HG tires brakes cooling system ,plus miscellaneous stuff
Then I found one 10 miles away 1991 300e black and palomino 105k .from a couple who had no clue about MB ,I think I got jealous my son had one ,so I had to have one also!haha! paid $1650 ,that's what I have in it so far,it needs a little work,another 1k ,it will be decent to drive. so around 3 k the car will be safe.
I do all the repairs at home unless trans work.I also have a 90 300se that we've owned for 10+ years PO had a dog that was manicured ! his dog was clean so was the car .got it for 10k really clean ,it hardly has any issues 161k .that's why I got the last two cars. love the fit and finish of these cars and a pleasure to work on.
next!:cool:
 

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Got my 300TE at 63k miles in 2006 for $3k. PO spent thousands on the car trying to figure out the stalling issues (sounds like he was getting hosed) -- one fast search on the forums, OVP and solved.

300TE has been very good to me. Probably $3k spent on parts total since purchase.

260E...$700 at 86k mi. Don't get me started on how much I've spent. ;)
 

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1988 "Zender" 300CE Coupe, 2009 Renault Koleos, 2007 Kia Rio Sport
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Had seen my car for 5-6 years sitting at Carshine who were customers of mine.
Car belonged to the Owner/Manager of the business and had been used as his personal transport as well as a company vehicle to dress up and show the range of after market products available for the W124.
As the W124 started to disappear from view giving way to much later models, naturally he replaced the 300CE with a later model MB to serve as his transport and show pony.
He had advertised it to sell for last 4 or so years basically telling anyone who wanted it that this was his price not interested in negotiating. Which to my mind was understandable. It had been undergone a lot of tidying up before being dressed up with the Zender bodykit and whilst other 300CE's were cheaper it would cost considerably more to dress one in this fashion.
When I sold my last business, cash was available to buy something and the 300CE was where I went straight away. Small negotiation based on couple things that needed doing (timing cover seal) and we shook and FRITZ came home with me. I had always had sporty cars prior to being married but this one being bigger than normal (ie Celica, RX8 etc) had more room for famliy though only 2 doors.
Without being specific it was over 10K but they are not as common is Australia as they were in the USA and were over 156k when new !
Have spent probably 2.5k on it since purchase, 1k on some new wheels and tyres (still have the old ones though) and 1.5k on bits and pieces including a major service to bring it to a zero service state from which I could work in the future.
Love driving it, sedate yet forceful if need be. STILL a little anxious though reading all the possible bits and pieces MB put in it that could potentially go wrong and becoming more clinical in my observations.
But hell FRITZ is 23 years old. And there is very very few 23 year old cars on the road that even look half as good as he does !

VIVA LA CE300 ! VIVA LA W124 !
 

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Got my 300TE at 63k miles in 2006 for $3k. PO spent thousands on the car trying to figure out the stalling issues (sounds like he was getting hosed) -- one fast search on the forums, OVP and solved.

300TE has been very good to me. Probably $3k spent on parts total since purchase.

260E...$700 at 86k mi. Don't get me started on how much I've spent. ;)
Awwwww come on PS2CHO how mucho peso have you spent ? ;)
MercMechanic and I like a beer and popcorn session watching a long long post develop ! :cool:
 

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starts with a '66 Porsche 912 I used to have, drove it over a speed bump going a tad fast :dunno: and sheared off the bottom of the pan, that was the last straw in a long list of "porschey-priced" repairs (and you thought the MB dealer was a bitch) so I decided I would finally get a "reliable" car in which to play around with. At first I was thinking about getting an E30 (lots of fun and strong aftermaket but why are all the owners a bunch of dudebro's?) though thought about it and the W124 seemed like a better fit for me, Loved MB's since I was a kid and I've always admired the model but I've never owned a modern MB before. The strength, design, engineering, refinement, and durability of the 124 all played a role in my choice.

Looked for a long time locally, craigslist, etc. for a cheap 124. Lots of crap, but eventually after about 6 months I found my 2-owner '90 300E in SeaTac with 120k and a $9k folder of receipts, replaced a coolant hose on the way home and lots of little fixes and upgrades since (no thanks to this forum!) but still no major issues. Would like to eventually upgrade to a coupe or e420 but for now I'm totally content with learning my m103
 

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'91 C124 300CE, '06 W164 ML500, '00 BMW MCOUPE, '65 COBRA REPL.
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Got my 1991 300CE somewhere around mid 2011.
I was looking for a project car after finishing my Cobra replica.
I always needed to have a project car, as I love cars and I love to tinker with them.
My BMW MCoupe was done, my Cobra was done, the ML500...well not much to do to that one....thus the CE. Plus I needed something with more than 2 seats, in case I needed to take my kids somewhere.
I found my car through craigslist. I paid $1,600 and it was in dire need of love.
The suspension was shot. It had original suspension parts and the shocks were done.
The interior was nice, the paint was shot, it had a few dings, minor things were inop, but when I saw it, I felt sorry for this once beautiful car and decided to give it some personal touches and bring it back to its former glory.
I think I have around $6-6,500 into it.
I love the way the car drives so smooth, so confident. It is my daily driver, not always clean, used as a pick up truck many times to haul stuff to my restaurants and it does all this with comfort as the auto trans is a blessing for daily driving. My MCoupe and Cobra are manuals which I love, but tiring some times.
This is a great car to work on, the details and the way things are put together are ingenious yet simple. Sometimes frustrating which is what makes it a challenge and fun.
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1st W124; 1990 300E 2.6. The Panzer.

8 years ago I wanted a bigger car to replace my daily driver vintage BMW 2002. Was initially looking at E30 BMWs and Volvo 850s. Of course at some point the thought of a W201 entered my mind and when I started looking at those, the W124s were not that much more ~$500 or so. So I started looking at E34s and W124s and settled on a clean 90 300E 2.6. $3600.

I had already been perusing these and other boards for any common problems so I was able to skirt a few dodgy ones. Also, I used to be an apprentice motor mechanic at the Mercedes Benz agency where I grew up in Africa.
Repairs. Headgasket a year after purchase. Waterpump a few years later. That was it. Basic maintenance otherwise; tires, brakes, tuneups, that's it.
Edit I repaired the right rear window regulator with a used part; $30.

It's been an absolute beast the entire time i've had it but it's time to retire it. After 8 years of ~25K per annum its running on less that six cylinders, and has a few electronic niggles that I can't be bothered to fix. And some seriously faded paint. It's got to have over 300000 miles on it; I bought it with an inoperable odometer and didn't care.

2nd W124 1994 E320. The Black Pearl

3 years ago, I had been thinking of getting another one. Bought a beautiful black on black 94 E320 that had been advertised at a small lot in Phoenix for at least 6 months. He originally wanted $6K and I waited and offered him $3K cash after he had failed to sell it for 6 months. Drove over there that weekend and picked it up.
Front cover/ fan bearing bracket 3 months later, the day before I was going to Sa Diego for the IRB Rugby Sevens. $700. Wouldn't pass smog (high NOx) and it was impounded while I was on my way to South Africa for the World Cup Soccer last year, for being 6 months out of registration. I had just about nailed the problem and just not quite gotten around to fixing it. It was impounded the day I left for South Africa, and being that I was going to be gone for 6 weeks, I knew there was no way I would be back before it got auctioned.
I posted a really nice write up about the EGR pipe cleaning procedure complete with pictures while chasing down the high NOx problem.

3rd W124 1995 E320 Special Edition. As yet unnamed.

When my car (the 90) started exhibiting loss of compression in one of the cylinders a few months ago, I decided it was time for another. I was really looking at wagons and 500Es, for the sake of something different, but the timing was serendipitous to buy a stunning super, super clean grey on black 95. Sale link here. Contacted the seller and flew up there, and drove her back. $5000. All maintenance records.

Hole in the radiator $430, including all the pressure testing and so on that comes with replacing anything in the coolant system. Tinted windows $280. Original special edition wheels and tires $600. I have also bought a set of rare 16 inch C class wheels that really dress it up nicely, but I haven't bought tires yet.
 

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I wanted a reasonably good sized car that got at least 30 MPG on the highway, was comfortable, solid, and would last. I'm a cash only kind of guy, so a newer Mercedes and car payments were out of the question and I like the older ones better anyway. I was actually looking to buy a 2004 or 2005 VW Passat TDi, but a friend of mine had this '93 300D he wasn't driving, so I took it for a spin and knew right then I was going to have a Mercedes.

So, I bought it from my friend for $2000. The interior is in very good condition (but was very dirty!), and the body is in great shape, but it needed paint. Mechanicals seem good and it only has 140,000 miles on it. Even had new tires!

I've had the car for a week and a half and I have already dumped another $3K+ into it. Floor mats, Euro lights, stereo, paint...

So far I've done everything myself except for the paint, and I plan to keep it that way for the most part. I'm sure there will be things I can't do, but anything I can, I will.

The car is seriously a dream to drive. I've been telling everyone it's like riding on a pillow in the clouds.
 

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This is an easy one, after 30 years of working on & driving every Mercedes
made the W124 is the best engineered & most reliable.

Also the easiest to work on for me.

Paid $4300 for my one owner very clean 400E in July 2011.
 

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Needed car that could carry my family, (sedans only seat 5) and did not want an SUV. Also did not want a payment. Bought from private seller through Craigslist, car was listed at $4300. Have zero in repairs, $800 in wheels/radio. I work on anything I can do in my driveway (maintenance, etc), Indie does anything major, or winter repairs (I hate cold wrenches)
Last benz I had was a grey market 116, so I knew of pre-merger quality. Few cars have strong overtaking ability @ 80 on the highway, along with smooth linear power. Looked for a while, and eventually found the 95, sold my 04 volvo xc70 and have not looked back.
 

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What made you purchase a 124?
Needed a safe car with two growing boys

Where or whom did you buy it from?
Dealership in Columbia, MO

How much did you pay for your 124?
Roughly $64,000

How much do you have into it so far?
Since the beginning, I don't know. Since I got it back from the ex, about $3K in parts and counting.

Who works on it-you or a repair shop/dealer?
Only me or it will sit until I can.

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Good thread, I like it... here's my contribution.

In 1994 I was 23 and just starting out in big bad London. That Summer I met a girl, and through her I met my first W124.

Her Dad was (still is) a rock star... the songwriter and guitarist in one of the UK's biggest classic bands. More to the point, he was a mercedes guy through and through. He went to the States on tour that Summer, and he left us the keys to his 'work-horse', a brand-new fully-loaded E320 Sportline Estate. We put 4000 miles on it in 4 weeks... the best driving of my life.

What a car, whether blasting the length of England through the night, cruising up into France on a camping trip or carrying all my band's gear to a gig, it was excellent at everything, all the time, a magical blend of power, practicality and class. Needless to say, it was very hard to hand back the keys and get back into my ancient Mini Cooper! Jesus, talk about bursting a bubble.

So that's why I've always wanted one, but it was only this year that I finally found mine. It took me a while to find as I was searching for a very specific model - the economical, reliable, humble E220, with as few electric toys as possible. Most of these lower spec cars (never imported to the US) are either dead or dying now from over-work and lack of maintenance, but the good ones make a great long-term ownership proposition. All the class and practicality of the high end cars, but less to go expensively wrong. As economical as the diesels but much more fun to drive.

Specialist dealers ask £7000 for good, low mileage estates over here, and to be honest I don't think it's possible to buy one with no outstanding issues for much less. I paid £3500 for a solid one with 105,000, a good history and no rust. Following a thorough inspection, £2000 more was spent right away on parts and labour which included a radiator and hoses, front prop mount, front anti-roll bar bushes, tailgate struts, belt, service parts, fluids, a bit of welding and a variety of small (but satisfying) fixes. It looks fantastic for it's age after a machine polish, a lot of detailing and some hard work scrubbing the interior from top to bottom. I still have a rough idle issue to address: if it's the wiring harness as I fear, that's another £1000. But there is no other car I'd love as much for the same money... after all these years, 124's are still special.
 

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Always wanted a wagon. This black/black one-family owner with records came for sale in Austin, so I bought. Great to drive as my 3-day a week car. My other dailies are a 2500HD and a 128i M pkg. Just another toy.
 

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A friend gave us an inherited 1990 300E 2.6 after having dumped $1000s into not fixing a rough idle and stalling problem. I've got it 99% fixed after spending a few $100 on parts (mostly, the air meter thing).
 

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Why was easy, how was easierish.

I bought my first MB this year, a 93 300 CE cabriolet with 74k from a dealer in Austin TX and drive it home to Chicago.

Why? For family of course! My wife has been very patient with my vintage motorcycle racing and restoring for many years so it was time for me to put her and my two boys into the wind rather than sit at home while I have all the fun. We're both German car fans so when it came to spec'ing a full size convertible there really was only one choice to make. After about 6months scouting I found the triple black one we bought. I rolled her off the lot for 10.5, taxed and titled brought it to 11.7, and now I have commissioned a rolling restoration which at the moment puts it at 14,2 total spent, all in.

Compared to some of your responses, I feel like a big spender. But you need to see this car, its a really fine example. And the price seemed right to me and the two inspections I put on it before sale. Nuff said.

Since then I am taking the car back to factory delivery form, including the radio, now all soldered back into its 2 channel, fader-controlled mediocrity. All top cylinders have been rebuilt, put in a new OEM alternator, rewired and fixed a few flawed prior repairs, removed the aftermarket alarm components and more little bits done but will be keeping the chromed wheels. They have grown on me, sorry to the purists!

In addition, crank seals have been replaced, door molding clips swapped, new OEM antenna mast, ortho seats put back to working order, and a nice 2 step restoration on the paint (clearcoat) has it looking very fine.

What I fell in love with and have been working overtime to fund the restoration is the simplicity of every feature of this car. It runs out and breaks incredibly well in a truly analog way. It drives so true it resembles level flight without computers at every wheel or pedal. It talks to you in a way all motors should, in a nice low hum, with mechanical feedback, not drive by wire algorithms. I will keep this car indefinitely, not just for the beautiful hand made quality, not for the immediate pride of ownership, but for the memories it and my family will tally together, 4 up and over the road for many miles to come.

For that I will throw a couple grand at her whenever necessary without a blink. Can you tell I bonded with the car on that trip from Austin?:D

Cheers and Happy Holidays all, bottoms up!
Bob
 

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Needed a car I could park on the street, wanted a V8, and I work for a MB dealer and 3 grand was too good to pass up...
 

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Wow! great post's,interesting stories,jut thought I'd add something I just remembered about the 92 white ebay car.the seller on ebay was a small exotic car dealer located in Malibu Ca,ran his business from a small castle by the beach,I was really pissed when I found it had a bad HG,emailed him and he finally refunded 5 hundred via pay pal. I always wondered how and why did the lower front air dam so scratched and gouged? well found a business card in the trunk and looked it up on the web.found original owner was a woman photographer located in Mendocino CA.looked at her website lots of photos of fields and oak trees,so I guess that's how the air dam got messed up,she probably drove that car thru the fields to get the pictures! explains why I found every leaf,stick,gavel, known to mankind stuffed everywhere! also the large colony of black ants living it it . I can see her hauling ass around dirt roads in the country with this car!
The 91 I recently purchased,ran into the husband and wife I got it from yesterday ,asked them ,did the car die on you at all at stop signs?
the guy looks at his wife and she looks at him,their eyes get real big,they look back at me and say ,no , no the cars never died on us ,(big liar's !)
Told them I love the car and its going to run fine,could tell I put them on the spot!
 

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