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What made you purchase a 124?
I had seen the car for sale at a local lot (used to be a Mercedes/BMW specialist way back when) when my brother was looking for new cars for him and his fiancee. He bought a Z3, but she wasn't enthusiastic about the E320. Fast forward a week. I was going to pick it up for a friend (as his car was getting feeble), then I was in a collision in my VW GTI. I was expecting the insurance co. to total it out (4 years old w/ 95k miles and a LOT of non-frame damage), so I went back to the dealer and bought the '95 E320 and drove it home. Turns out the GTI was repairable :)rolleyes: ), so I ended up selling that and kept the W124 for a daily.

Where or whom did you buy it from?
Ash Tisdelle, Inc.

How much did you pay for your 124?
$4,000. It had 147k on the odometer, all in good working shape (sans sunroof and passenger seat, which I fixed both for a small sum).

How much do you have into it so far?
Probably $800, including: new radio, LR window regulator, headlight switch & knob, battery, combo relay, B-pillar trim panels, sunroof seal, spark plugs, LF door check strap, all-weather floor mats, fuses.

Who works on it ? You or a repair shop/dealer?
Me. :D I do plan on taking it by a Mercedes indy shop for an inspection, however, just to make sure everything is up to snuff (as I'm not overly experienced with the W124 chassis).
 

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I bought a 124 when I realised they were the best car for the price on the market.
I love it.
 

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what made you purchase a 124?
I have always liked MB since my childhood but never owned one. 124 always inspired me with its looks and build quality. With the start of professional career i owned several japanese cars because owning a mercedes was a kind of taboo due to its heavy maintenance cost in our region. Only the rich and famous owned these cars. After a thorough market survey of repairs an spares, i decided to go against the TABOO and buy a merc. My brother took the lead and bought a 126 S Class 1983 model. My inspiration of childhood somehow lead me to a car that i found at a dealership. It was a 1994 E220 Silver colour and it just appealed to me in the first look. i bought it for around 11k $ as it is a normal price in Pakistan for this car and i have loved it since then.
where or whom did you buy it from?
From a dealership in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
how much did you pay for your 124?
Around 11 k $.
how much do you have into it so far?
Around 500 $ for change of tyres and wind screen.
who works on it ? you or a repair shop/dealer?
Repair shop.
 

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MY 94 E320

My boss was selling his E320 with about 180K on the clock. We needed a larger car so I got it for $5000 about 6 years ago. Loved that car. Drove the p**s out of it. It handles great and was fast enough with good gas mileage. It finally died. Wiring harness went. Because it had been hit slightly in the rear, it had a california salvage title. The ac was going out, the front suspension needed work and the trans had never been worked on. I gave it to my indy for exchange for future work, knowing I would get another MB. Got a 1992 300SL. It has been a PIA. I will finish fixing a few problems and sell it this summer. I will be moving bask east at the end of the year and have decided to look hard for a 1990-1992 300CE back there. I might get another 300SL if a good deal comes along. Then again maybe I'll get both.:thumbsup:
 

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what made you purchase a 124?
When I was a young boy, I was raised on american mopar muscle cars: dodge, plymouth, chrysler. One time, assuming my mother was on the same page, I asked her what her favorite car in the whole world was (I was about 8, I think). She replied "Mercedes Benz." Quite confusing. A what?

When I was 15, I crashed the family car when I was ran off the road by a lunatic. Totalled our brand new 1995 Dodge Avenger. Mom took the insurance payout and bought a 1992 300e from her close friend and employer. It had 20k miles on it and was practically brand new. At first, I didn't like it. Thought it was ugly and boring. Then I started driving it, and I fell head over heels in love. Mother was driving that car 6 months later when she crashed and was killed. She absolutely loved that car and had an emotional attachment to it that, at the time, I did not understand.

A year later, I was 16 years old and got my first car: 1994 C280. I still have it. 14k when I bought it, 252k now. No matter what, I'll never let her go. But I always thought the w124 was just the next level in every way--especially the updated 94-95 models.

2 years ago, my then-girlfriend's Chrysler Sebring died. I talked her into getting an m104 powered car, because I was an expert in repair thanks to my C280. We found a black on black 94 E320. She fell in love with it the minute she saw it.

how much did you pay for your 124?
$3,400

how much do you have into it so far?
As of now, new set of tires, OVP, and alternator.

who works on it ? you or a repair shop/dealer?
Me. Only me. Forever.

But to cut out all the drama and make it as to-the-point as possible: Class, beauty, and reliability on a level that no other car has ever rivaled. I think the w124 is the best car ever built--though my w202's are my personal favorite for other reasons.
 

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Tragic yet touching story, sulaco.

What made you purchase a 124?
Got tired of sending payments to American Honda Finance and went looking for a good used car. Answered an add on Craig's List for a Mercedes and went to look. It looked awful: the paint has oxidized, the interior is fairly torn up, the plastic side molding and bumpers are scraped and scuffed... But then I drove it. Ahh...

How much did I pay for my 124?
$2,200, far more than it was worth. (We've had it 1½ months.) It ran great when I bought it, but then things started falling apart.

How much do you have into it so far?
$3,300 out of pocket with about $300 more in trade. Still needs to be painted.

Who works on it?
Mostly an Indie mechanic. I've done a couple of little things myself, thanks to advice found on this great forum. After I lubed the windshield wipers, which we thought was yet another thing to brake on our car, my wife told me she was impressed. That's how mechanically un-inclined I am.
 

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I was basically forced into purchasing my w124. It's not that I disliked MB, but I've always just unconsciously written it off as an expensive car that I would never go to the trouble of owning.

I'm a sophomore in college, and this semester I began a co-op program (trade off semesters of working full time and class full time.) Having sold my last car upon coming to college, I was vehicle-less and really unable to get to my job. Luckily my brother had a 1990 300E that he and his wife weren't using anymore, and I was able to set up a deal to buy it from him.

108k, exterior and interior both in awesome shape - $3500.

As far as money into it, I've replaced the OVP and that's it other than normal maintenance (oil, etc.)

I've completely fallen in love with this car. The perfect combination of style, performance, and comfort. I plan on having her for a long, long time.
 

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Yeah well, while these cars are often compared to a BMW for handling and come up short...yet something about their true-track and bank vault feeling ride makes them seductresses to about anyone who takes them on just one trip. You fall for them right then....but the fun only starts, because then the challenge is to maintain that ride or put it back to what it was from the factory.

So for some who buy bad examples that are worn/busted, they still give a glimpse of 'what they could/should be'. At that point she becomes a succubus; demanding that you spend whatever it takes to make her pristine again. But most of us don't mind, because we're already smitten. And besides, even half busted they give one hell of a ride. The essence of the 124 will never die, it seems.:D

Kevin
 

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I'm pretty sure the reason I bought my first W124 was because of its dangerous front suspension design. ;)

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w124-e-ce-d-td-class/1640361-w124-front-suspension-dangerous.html
Haha, you are a sh*t stirrer LOL.

I bought one because....I never really thought too much of them-too plain, too slow, too small, too expensive (old people's cars); but then I left the country for eight years and when I came back the missus needed a car so I saw how much cheaper they had become.
Found a really nice two owner 230E for her and drove it for nine months (until she passed her license) and I was hooked.
It was an absolute bargain, only $2,250 with seven months reg, new brakes, struts, and tyres.

The suspension, the brakes, the 'bank vault' feel, the quiet ride-not a squeak, the comfort and the level of build quality; and I also discovered that they weren't actually 'too small' at all. Well you all know what I'm talking about; I'm preaching to the converted.

Have spent bugger all on it in 21 months; air. con. re-gas, starter motor, radiator cowling, and yesterday the ball joints (that 'dangerous' suspension rears it's ugly head once again LOL). We hope to hand it down to our daughter and she's only nine!

So I decided I wanted one. A coupe. A 5 spd 24 valve coupe.
It took me nearly a year of searching and I finally found one. And I love it. Out on the open road there is nothing better (urban driving not so enjoyable).

This was a bargain too - 7.5K and in 16 months have replaced rear shocks only.

So that is our story - his 'n' hers. Hers is white and mine is black!

And two nice W124s in the garage for 10K is a bloody good deal in Australia, believe me!

Do two W124s make a collection? haha.

But if they only didn't have that 'dangerous' front suspension LOL.
 

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I owned a W201 before and thought its overweight brother was worth a try.
 

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Twelve months ago my station hack (the Red Rocket, 1992 Corolla 278K Klm) died, I needed a replacement. Parked at the kurb side car lot was a 87 230E, 2.1 owners, log books, 138K Klms for AU$3,500. I did some quick research, drove it, offered $3,200. Now the Blue Mercruiser is mine and I have never looked back, I have put on 20K.

I have replaced the alternator, plugs, leads, cap and rotor, fuel filter, had the fuel pump relay repaired, front and rear springs, seats, shocks, bump stops, front stabiliser rubbers and steering damper. So far about $2,200.

I do most of the work myself unless I am completely baffled or out of time.

John thank you for the thread.
 
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