1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 3.2 AMG

Update: The 300TE didn’t sell at the high bid of $48,000 but is now relisted by the seller with a Buy It Now of $52,000.

Of the hundreds of Mercedes-Benz I end up looking at a week, you wouldn’t believe how many sellers claim some kind of AMG connection to them. Sometimes they are as simple as someone throwing an AMG badges on the trunk lid (usually crooked), to some kind of dubious bodywork with an AMG logo stamped on it, all the way to just having nothing to do with AMG at all but throwing the association out there because the car is kind of sporty. Very rarely, actually almost never, do I come across a real pre-acquisition AMG car that has all the documentation along with all the parts still actually on the car. Well, never say never, because today we have one of those cars.

This 1991 300TE was built by AMG for subsidiarity AMG Japan as a M103 3.2 liter car with all the goodies, both inside and out. It has all the paperwork and maintenance records you could want. The best part? It’s already in the United States. The not-so best part? It is going to be really expensive.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz E60 AMG Estate

Every time I have looked at a pre-merger Mercedes-Benz AMG car it seemed to come to us from AMG Japan. What that means is that car would a leave Germany as a regular Mercedes-Benz until it hit Japan where AMG Japan, LTD. would modify these cars both cosmetically and with performance upgrades. You can always recognize an AMG Japan car by the crazy amount of wood that was added to the car and the AMG Japan plate that riveted in somewhere on the car. Were these”real” AMG cars? Technically, yes. AMG Japan official subsidiary just like AMG North America was. As special as these cars are, I always felt they weren’t as ”true” as the pre-merger cars that were built in Affalterbach. Maybe because I see them come up for sale way more often than cars built in Affalterbach and sometimes they are missing important engine modifications. I don’t know if that means that more were produced or maybe Affalterbach built cars don’t trade publicly as much. Luckily, I ran across one of those Affalterbach built cars for sale and what a car it is.

This is a 1991 E60 AMG Estate. This car started life as your standard W124 300TE until it was sent to AMG not once, but twice, to make it what it is today. This wagon has a M119 6.0 liter V8 and a boatload of other AMG parts to go along with it. The best part about this car? The original VIN was actually X’d out and replaced with an AMG-specific VIN that begins ”AMG124” instead of the standard ”WDB124” that every other W124 begins with. This is quickly shaping up to being my favorite car of the year.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic

A little over a month ago Craig looked at a nice 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic. Today’s vehicle is another 1991 300TE 4Matic, although this one has a little different backstory. This Ice Blue Metallic W124 estate for sale in Central Pennsylvania is actually a Japanese market car that made its way to Canada before heading to Pennsylvania. This means it has some cool options and a slightly different look than what you are used to seeing. Now before you get too excited, there are some things about this specific 300TE that I’m not too crazy about. Let me explain.

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Model: 300TE 4Matic
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: (186,000 km) 117,000 mi
Price: $4,299 Buy It Now

This beautiful Mercedes 300TE 4Matic has been a daily driver in Nova Scotia and Pennsylvania since 2014. It is a super rare Mercedes. They are just a great car and is still the car I drive to and from work. I have also driven it long distances without issue. This car’s import VIN is WDB1242901F202795.

It is in very good condition on both the inside and outside and has never been in a wreck of any sort. There are 3 noticeable spots from rusting and they are ALL shown in the pictures: Under front driver’s side headlight and again behind the taillight on same side, and a small rust spot on back door. Overall, the body shows little wear for a 1991. The paint is in very good condition. A new clear coat was done in 2013. There are no dents in the car and there are few, if any, noticeable dings. The interior needs a good, professional cleaning and we will do that before delivery. This interior is so far superior to the leather they used to put into these cars. It just holds up. Blue in color, there are no rips, tears or major stains and the wear on the seats is minimal.

There is no cracking in the dash! And the veneer wood detailing is in pretty good shape and all there.

This is our 10th used Mercedes and I must say, the W124 models are the most durable and well-engineered Mercedes we have ever had. This particular model is often considered the series (following the W123) that began the Mercedes engineering revolution. Anti-lock brakes, 4Matic AWD (very hard to find), the steel cage, etc., all reflect the W124’s uniqueness. That is why they are SUPER hard to find — especially in the 4Matic. I am not super fond of the anti-locks, as they are GREAT, but a little “rumbly”.

I have turned off the 4Matic (under the hood/easy to do) during the non-winter months as the rear-to-front balance of the car doesn’t really need it. I also replaced the tires in Fall 2016. I would say they have a good 85% tread wear left. I do drive this car a lot and will add miles until sold.

The car is metric, so it measures everything in kilometers. The car currently has 117,000 original miles, or 186,000 kilometers. Some people replace the dash to reflect mph but, IMO, keeping this car in as close to original condition is is important for resale. The only element that is not original is the stereo.

The car has a VERY slow hydraulic leak. The leak is coming from a spot just below the reservoir through one of the hoses and is too hard for me to reach, so I have just topped it off every few weeks.

I have replaced only with Mercedes or Mercedes OEM parts/fluids. It comes with the ORIGINAL manual and fuse tester/diagnostic meter that I use to calibrate the car every couple months.

As you can see, it has the rear-facing seat in the back. Works properly. Also, windows, sun roof, seat and other electronics work. The antennae is a little bent and therefore I disengaged the “raise/lower” function to avoid any breakage. Nonetheless, it still works.

This vehicle is a dream in snow. No issues at all plowing through a foot of snow with total control.

The V6 engine runs great. It does require a minute of warmup in the winter. Also, I have added fuel injector cleaner to every other fill-up of premium unleaded gas. The car gets almost 20 mpg. Not great, not bad. It is a tank, so where that has some advantages, it does operate a little less fuel efficiently. It has great highway passing ability and can easily hit 100mph if that is important to you.

We are the third owners and simply need a larger second car. Only reason for selling. We get so many comments on this car. It really is a great car.

Please look carefully at the pictures and ask any questions. I can help coordinate pick-up once fully paid. If your transporter wants to pay when they arrive, they will need to wait for me to ensure the form of payment will clear.

The pictures were taken before I switched the car to a PA registration in order to sell in the states. Thus the NS plates.

I have priced this car VERY reasonably. The starting price reflects the car we put into her. Please ask me anything you like about this car. Nothing to hide. When we brought it back from Nova Scotia, the car never touched the ground. Hauled with a full carrier, not a two-wheeler. It has been well cared for, never abused, never driven in big cities with lousy roads and lousier drivers, off road or on the beach, or without a cover or garage to sleep in.

I am listing the car locally as well and may sell.

The really cool part about this car is the interior. Blue cloth is present where you’d normally find MB-Tex or leather and the pattern is really nice. It has a distinct 90s look that is really appreciated when done right. It does need a really good cleaning but nothing that a days work can’t fix. This car also has the highly sought after W124 euro lights as well as the manual climate control system.

Now the bad news is, this car has some issues. The seller says it requires being warmed up in the winter which could mean anything. Secondly, there is a hydraulic fluid leak from the SLS system somewhere that isn’t an easy fix due to the location of the leak. There are also some other little things like a bent up antennae and some foil tape used to cover up something on top of the coolant overflow tank. But this big thing here is the rust. The driver’s side front fender has reached the point where metal is totally missing and a hole has formed. That’s not too big an issue and could be fixed with a new fender but the real concerning spot is under the taillight. Sooner rather than later that entire piece of little metal will be rusted away. Ideally you need to cut that entire piece out to stop it fully, but it’s delicate and time-consuming work.

This $4,299 price tag is fairly reasonable if the 4Matic is functional like the seller says it is. At least the ad is honest and upfront about all the work you are probably going to need to do immediately if you plan on keeping the 300TE for any good length of time. I’m really tempted by this on myself, but that rust is probably a deal breaker.

– Andrew

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic

The W124 platform E-class is an unstoppable tank. So you’d think that the addition of an all-wheel drive option would make an excellent car even better. Not so fast. The “4Matic” AWD system offered on the W124 was complex. Using numerous electronic sensors to control the locking central and rear differentials, the automatic system was capable of splitting torque between the front and back axles as required: 100% to the back, 35/65 front/rear, or 50/50 front/rear. When performing properly, this made the W124 a very competent car in inclement weather. However, the complexity of the system meant that if and when it broke, repair costs could quickly become astronomical. For that reason, W124 enthusiasts tend to pass over the 4Matic, regarding it as a rare example of Mercedes’s over-engineering becoming a liability.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

Recently I took a look at an E39 Touring M-Sport, explaining how I’d finally come to see the appeal of the load lugging variants of my favorite German sedans. I couldn’t possibly leave things there without taking a look at the W124 estate. There’s one parked near where I live that proudly displays Mercedes “high mileage” award emblems in its grille. I’m not surprised. Practical and durable, the W124 possesses the kind of old school Mercedes build quality that leads many of their original owners to hang onto them for as long as possible.

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

1I daily drive an E34 525i. I have to admit that while I like the BMW, I don’t love it. What I mean is: I haven’t developed the kind of visceral emotional attachment to it that I shared with my previous car, a 2.6 190E. There’s just something missing, and lately I’ve been thinking about getting back into an older Benz. It would have to be comfortable, safe, have a passenger airbag (a not unreasonable request from my wife), get fair gas mileage (ruling out V8s, sadly) and have that legendary Mercedes build quality that makes the doors close with a reassuring “thunk.” A W124 keeps coming to the top of my list. We went camping last weekend and spent a gorgeous few days out in the far western reaches of Maryland. While the E34 served us well, when I got home I kept thinking about how cool it would have been to have had a Mercedes wagon on the trip.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

3If you want a reliable, low-key and classy way to ferry around a bunch of people and their stuff, there are few options out there better than the W124 estate. You get all the virtues of the W124 sedan – impeccable 80’s era Mercedes build quality, classic styling and an over-engineered chassis offering good levels of safety and comfort – with the extra cargo space and versatility of a longroof. And since these cars were often bought new by wealthy, practically minded people, who saw fit to invest in them rather than sell them on, it’s still possible to find mint condition examples that have been meticulously maintained by their former owners. This low-mileage 300TE appears to be such a car.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

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The W124 Mercedes-Benz Estate is a favorite around this site and personally one of my favorite cars that were ”honest”. They had the enormous task of following the legendary W123 Estates and giving Mercedes wagon buyers just a little more. It had to have the same quality of the W123 but be a little faster, a little more comfortable, hold a little more and live up to the standard that Mercedes was known at the time. Without saying, the W123 Estate is still king in the used Mercedes wagon market, but if you don’t want to spend a bunch of money on a car that is over 30 years-old at it’s youngest version, the W124 300TE is still a great buy. This example on the beaches of New Jersey can still give you everything you want from a Mercedes-Benz Estate.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

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We’re in the midst of planning another Wagon Week here at GCFSB, but until then, let’s take a look at one of our favorite 5-doors, the Mercedes-Benz W124 estate. Long before SUVs like the ML, GL and GLK roamed the earth, Mercedes’ mainstream utility vehicle was their mid-sized estate vehicle. While a few coach builders produced estate variants after World War II, Mercedes’ first in-house effort was the W123 estate of the late 1970s. This car has become the darling of the biodiesel set, attracting folks looking for a bit of panache with their free motoring. The W124 estate did an excellent job of picking up where the W123 left off, combining the classic hallmarks of Mercedes-Benz style with a good balance of luxury, utility and durability that kept customers coming back to the showrooms. This W124 estate for sale in Florida has escaped the ravages of hard duty, showing just under 80,000 miles on the odometer.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Brabus

Last week around this time, I wrote up a 850 horsepower Brabus-modified E63 Estate. In the realm of nutty cars, it would be certainly barred from coming near any schools for fear of anaphylaxis of the entire student body. It was also the best part of a third of a million dollars, more money than most of America will ever dream of having at one time and even in New England, an amount that would get you a nice home. But in that post, our reader Craig posted a link to a much more affordable option; a W124 300TE Estate modified by Brabus for sale in Germany. Does it scratch the itch or do you need an EpiPen?

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