Ever since watching Ronin, I’ve paid attention to curious qualities of European vehicles, from the stripper-level interior fittings to the wheel options and headlamps. It’s ironic how much money some enthusiasts spend to convert their European cars back to European spec in order to capture the “look” which is often sacrificed in the interest of meeting nonsense DOT regulations. Perhaps that’s why this otherwise plain-jane W124 series Mercedes-Benz 200D is so appealing despite its borderline scrapper status in its home country. All the bits are there, including a manual gearbox, making it easy to picture Sam and Vincent slicing it down a narrow alleyway while pursuing a Citroen packed with Russian ex-cons.
The cinematic parallels are further enhanced knowing that this example was sold new in France (everyone remembers what happens in Nice, right?) and somehow wandered its way over to New Jersey, undoubtedly the Paris of the East. The car here has unknown mileage, but it’s a Mercedes-Benz diesel – really, how worried are you about high miles? Still sporting its slim Euro bumpers, hubcaps, cloth interior and manually-powered creature comforts, this ancestor to today’s baller-mobiles stands in stark contrast to what even a base model C-Class comes equipped with. And you know what? I’d take this one over its pricey descendants seven days a week and twice on Sundays.
Engine: 2.0 liter diesel inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 172,646 mi
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Super rare!! 1989 W124 200D with a 5-speed manual. True “Euro” base model car with correct Euro bumpers, Euro headlamps, cloth interior, fire extinguisher, crank windows, no sunroof, no cruise control and manual dual-zone climate control. It does have ABS and A/C (ice cold!). The odometer shows 277,000 km, but the odometer is not working, so I really have no idea how many miles are on the car, as it was not working when I acquired it. However, the car is in really nice condition both inside and out, I would guess the odometer reading is fairly close to actual.
I purchased this car about about a year ago, being a Mercedes diesel aficionado, I could not pass up a true Euro-spec W124 diesel. I only put about 2,000 miles on it, and lately it’s been sitting around more than being driven, time for someone else to enjoy it as much as I have! As far as I can tell, the car originated in France.
The body is in nice shape. There is some minor rust bubbling around the jack points, and a few small bubbles on the rear fascia. The paint is in “OK” shape, a few panels have been repainted at some point in it’s life, and the finish is dulling a little in some areas, but the car still presents very well. The car has correct Euro headlamps. The glass is in good shape, but the internal adjuster mechanisms appear to be broken, I’m not able to aim the lights very well.
The interior is very nice and clean. Most of the cloth and carpet looks like new with the exception of some wear on the driver’s seat. The stereo has been upgraded to a JVC AM/FM/CD with AUX input. The climate control works great. The A/C buttons work fine, but feel a little bit loose to the touch.
When I purchased it, I installed used front springs, because the originals were sagging. The tires have plenty of tread and the brakes feel great. Steering feels good, could use an alignment, I had to take front suspension apart to install the springs. The engine starts easily and does not smoke. It is slow, but runs great. No leaks or smoke. The 5-speed trans shifts perfectly with no grinding or hesitation. Clutch grabs fine with no slip or chattering. The shifter feels a little sloppy, needs the shifter bushings replaced, but shifts fine.
Overall a super rare, really cool Benz! I have a clean and clear title in hand. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!!
As someone who loves the W124 chassis Mercedes, this seems like the ideal choice for a winter beater. Solid MPGs, a clutch to modulate throttle through the slushy stuff, and a standard-issue fire-extinguisher for…well, God knows what. Maybe putting out the smoldering remains of a bullet-riddled S8?