The Mercedes-Benz 400E/E420 is lost in the world of W124s where 500Es and Cabriolets get all the attention with their astronomical asking prices and the lowly 300E/E320 limp along on their 8th owners begging to be put out of their misery. These cars were no slouch and still can hold their own 275 horsepower and 300 ft·lb of torque. They aren’t super sedans by any means, but feel significantly faster than their numbers on paper. Now, the 400E/E420 flys under the radar and is often unloved because if you are going to buy a M119-powered car, the W140 and R129 or maybe even W210 might be better choices in the long run if you are going to put some money into it. Today, we have a 1993 400E up for sale in Tampa, Florida that looks to be one of the best examples I’ve seen come up for sale in a long time. Even better, this one comes in with a price to match it.
A little over a week ago I looked at a great 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E for sale in California for only $2,000. Not surprisingly, that car sold soon after. But in case you missed out on that awesome budget V8 W124, you are in luck with today’s car. Another 400E, this time a 1993, has come up for sale for in California for, once again, only $2,000. Unfortunately, this one comes with a little bit of a catch.
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 280,000 mi
This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E has been a wonderful car for several years, but has just now stopped going into 4th gear. The car runs and drives very well, and I still use it every day in “3” mode. It is perfectly usable, but will need transmission work to get good gas mileage again on the freeway. The condition of this car is very good, especially the interior/upholstery. The headliner is sagging, but otherwise very clean.
– Rare 4.2 liter V8 32v DOHC M119 engine
– All routine maintenance is up to date: spark plugs, air filters, engine oil, etc
– NEW BFGoodrich tires
– Wheels were refinished with OE color powder coat
– Euro spec headlights (USA ones included)
– Original stereo and genuine Mercedes trunk-mounted CD changer
– Many extra spare parts included
– CLEAN TITLE in hand
Much like the 1992 from over a week ago, this one also has well over 200,000 miles on it but fear not, this W124 looks like it comes from a loving home home as well based on what the seller is presenting in the ad description. What’s the catch then? Well, sadly this 400E won’t go into fourth gear anymore. This is a little bit of a problem if you are cruising the 5 or 405 freeway and this thirsty V8 is turning at 4,500 rpm. In my opinion, this isn’t a death sentence for this car. A quick trip up to Van Nuys to visit the guys at Sun Valley Mercedes Transmissions, one the best Mercedes-Benz transmission rebuilders in the country, will probably have fourth gear back in this car in a few days. You would be left with a great 400E and a fresh transmission for an amount still well under what a I usually see these cars listed for.
Lets get this out of the way from the start. This is a really nice 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E for $2,000. No catch, no disclaimers, no ”just needs (insert part) to run”. Just a clean, V8 W124 for $2,000. This car even has Pirelli tires on it. You don’t put Pirellis, not even cheap ones, on cars you don’t care about. Yes, this W124 has over 215,000 miles, but for $2,000 I don’t care how many miles it has. So what are you waiting for? Go buy this car.
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 215,688 mi
*Check engine light is now fixed and off*
I need to sell this car quickly. Price is OBO
I am selling this 1992 Mercedes 400e in great shape. It has lots of power and is very smooth. The interior is in very good shape with no tears in the leather. The tires are almost brand new with plenty of tread.
There are not many of these cars left on the road and is a wonderful car.
Please call or text me of you are interested.
It’s pretty clear this W124 has been loved. A quick peek in the garage shows that this car comes from a Mercedes loving family and looking at the interior only solidifies it. The leather and carpets are all really clean while the wood and dash are crack free. The exterior looks awfully fresh and even the grill was painted black to freshen it up. What is even better is that this car has the European headlights and I also spy the OEM warning triangle in the trunk lid that wasn’t available for North American cars.
I don’t know how many more ways to explain how great a deal this is. I see total piles of junk asking more than $2,000 everyday and to run across something like this is my early candidate for deal of the year. I know prices on used luxury cars are always softer in the major metropolitan of California, but this is a whole new level of good deals. It almost makes me feel a little sorry for this owner because he clearly needs to sell it fast, but this was a lot of love given to this 400E only to basically give it away.
The rare, high-performance Porsche-Mercedes 500E continues to garner increasing recognition on the collector’s market, pushing prices for nice examples toward $40k. But if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget and want a V8 in your W124, you’d do well to consider a 400E instead. Produced between 1992 and 1996 (it would be rebadged as the E420 and lightly facelifted in 1994), Mercedes intended for the 400E to sit underneath the 500E in the model range. They created it by dropping the 4.2 liter, 32v version of the M119 block into the W124 chassis, beefing up the brakes and suspension while leaving the exterior identical to the more humble 300E. Power output was a healthy 275 hp. While the car was not in the same league as the 500E, this proved more than adequate for high-speed autobahn cruising, which is what these cars do best.
Over the past 20 years since I obtained my driver’s license, I’ve owned six cars. That’s not a whole lot for someone writing on a car enthusiast site. So when it comes to ownership experiences, my scope is a bit limited. However, the Mercedes-Benz 400E is a car I’m familiar with, as my father owned one for a time during my formative years. Replacing a 1992 190E 2.6 that was totaled in an accident, the 1992 400E that found its way into our household was an altogether different beast. It had the same Mercedes qualities we had come to know and love over the years. This was Mercedes’ first crack at the V8, mid-sized luxury segment and while it might have looked a bit staid when it debuted, is styling has aged well. This 1992 400E for sale in Idaho comes to us from a longtime reader, Max, who has owned his fair share of impressive machinery. Sold new in Hawaii, this car has clocked 114,000 miles and is a rust-free, well-preserved driver.
After I wrote up a nice looking W124 the other week, a few of our enterprising readers did some further digging and uncovered a number of discrepancies in the car’s history, suggesting it wasn’t such a great deal after all. To try to make up for it I’ve found three more examples of the venerable old E-class for consideration this week. What these cars have in common is that they all present nicely in the ads, appear to have been well cared for by their previous owners and are all priced very competitively. Hopefully at least one of these is a winner. First up is this white 400E.
While it’s a model that’s rather forgotten to this day, the 400E was the car that brought the V8 engine into the mid-sized E-class sedan and one with which I have a personal relationship. My father bought a 1992 400E when I was in college and ran it for a while until the new MINIs appeared in early 2002 and he decided to bring back a little nostalgia in his life from his autocross years in the late 1960s and early 1970s. While I favored the 190E 2.6 my father previously drove, there were things to enjoy about the 400E, mainly the lusty eight-cylinder lump under the hood. This 400E for sale in California is looking rather crisp for a car with over 150,000 miles and offers a lot of brawn for the buck.
Outside of the AMG tuned model, it’s no longer possible for US customers to spec an E-class sedan with a V8 engine. I was surprised to come across this fact the last time I logged on to Mercedes’ USA website. This might seem rather alarming, however, manufacturers have advanced technology to the point where V6 engines, some with the benefit of turbocharging, can produce V8 levels of power with greater economy. Over 20 years ago, the E-class was graced with its first eight-cylinder powerplant, in the form of the M119, a twin-cam, 32-valve V8. Thus, the 400E was born. While the W124 would bow out of the lineup in 1995, the V8 gave this sedan a shot in the arm it needed to compete with newfound competition from the Asian manufacturers. Unlike the Porsche built, performance minded 500E, it’s rather hard to find a 400E in good shape these days. However, this 400E for sale in Michigan looks sharp with larger 16″ wheels in the stock pattern with its lower body cladding painted to match.
Not everyone can afford to jump into the 500E market. For those who still want the stately looks of the W124 and the rumble of a V8, but at a significantly lower price take a look at this 400E. The 500E’s little brother rarely gets the spotlight so when I saw this looker I thought I’d throw it a bone.
The 400E deserves some of the praise given to the 500E, it is no slouch in the engine department. The 4.2 liter V8 puts out close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. If you take the electronically limited speed of the 500E into account the 400E has the same top speed of 155 m.p.h. The smaller 4.2 won’t jump off the line as quickly, but is just as comfortable out on the highway.
The car seen here has been given a much more aggressive look thanks to 18″ rims that tuck under the fenders thanks to lowering springs. Smoked taillights and front signal lights complement the dark gray paint. The 1994 also comes with the updated grille for a more modern look. It has some new maintenance parts, like brakes, that the next owner won’t have to worry about. It has had an accident that meant a new trunk lid and rear bumper work. It looks like a Remus or other aftermarket rear exhaust is on the car. The owner doesn’t give details, but it looks like things have been repaired properly. The owner indicates that the car has been cared for well. The 77,000 miles on the car are less than you would expect on one of these.
The car currently sits at $5,600 with no bids and a reserve. No real investment potential here just a fine looking set of wheels and a chance to get in on V8 Mercedes ownership.