My cousin touched base with me yesterday and wanted my advice on mid-sized SUVs with a 3rd row seat. While I’m a car enthusiast, I’ll admit, SUVs are never on the radar for me. I’m a sports car person. I’m not really sure what that Overland trim package on your Jeep nets you over the regular version for the proletariat. Nor do I really care. Interestingly enough, we both agreed that the Volvo XC90 is probably the best of the lot, but for me, it’s akin to choosing which communicable disease I’d prefer.
Ever the helpful relative, I offered up the “what would Paul drive” scenario. And guess what? It’s this car. The Mercedes-Benz W124 E class estate with the third row seat option. OK, so some people might be a bit nervous strapping their kids into a rear-facing seat, but there is no mid-sized SUV these days which can match this car’s durability and sheer class. More than likely, it’s a lot more efficient than most SUVs these days and you could even opt for 4matic all-wheel drive in this model from 1990 to 1993. This example for sale in Southern California is a final year 1995 model with 81,000 miles, which represents a barely broken in car when it comes to the W124.
1995 Mercedes-Benz E320W Wagon. 6 cyl 3.2 liter, automatic transmission, traction control, climate control air cond, power windows, power locks, cruise control, beautiful non-smoker interior, factory sunroof, factory AM/FM stereo cassette and CD changer. Beautiful body and paint, always garaged. This vehicle runs and drives very strong and very smooth. All factory books, factory alloy wheels, roof rack, factory mats. This was grandma and grandpas car and they dont drive anymore. Zero rust one-owner Malibu California car, real buyers know how nice these wagons are.
I can’t claim to be the most well-versed writer on GCFSB when it comes to Mercedes, but I do fancy myself an inquisitive life-long learner. Along those lines, whether it’s a W210 E55 or a W202 C36, the lethal bloodlines of AMG continue to blow my mind. The latter is the centerpiece of this wagon heart transplant, holy grail to all who believe in sleepers just beyond stock. Badass wagons are an instant +1 in gearhead culture. So what better than to throw a 276hp, 3.6L straight-6 (originally designed to contest the E36 M3’s smaller and less powerful 3.0L I6) into an innocuous grocery-getter. Sounds like the basic ingredients for a heavy dose of KICKASS.
1995 Mercedes E320 w/ C36 swap for sale on Denver Craiglist
From the mechanic seller:
Rare 124 chassis wagon powered by a really rare low mileage (115 k) AMG engine & transmission transplanted from a C36 AMG. Not a soccer mom’s wagon any more, unless she’s Danica Patrick. 3rd row seating folds down as will the middle row seats to make an expansive cargo area. You can camp in this car. Factory roof rack with an included ski/bikeand a receiver hitch to take an included 4 bike carrier make this an impressive weekend warrior machine. Equipment includes tinted windows, MP3 compatible 8 speaker stereo, prewired for an included XM receiver, retractable / removable factory cargo cover/dog net, electric seats & windows, cold A/C, 16″ Mercedes factory wheels with great tires. Any new parts needed when swapping the engine were replaced. Mechanic owned, it’s in better shape than any other one you could find. New ceramic brake pads for no nasty black dust & squeal typical on most Mercedes. The engine & trans were resealed in the swapping phase, there’s not a drip of anything under this car.
Speaking as a former Mercedes-Benz owner, the styling direction that the house of the Three Pointed Star has taken as of late leaves a bit to be desired. One particular disappointment I had was when the current E class coupe returned, replacing the CLK coupe. It is no longer a true pillarless coupe. True, both front and rear windows roll down without and the car is sans B pillar, but there is a small, fixed pane of glass at the rear that just looks like it doesn’t belong. The new C class coupe isn’t any better, as it has a fixed B pillar and resembles the Honda Accord coupe just a bit too much. As sad and retrograde as it may seem, I long for the old Mercedes-Benz, specifically cars like this W124 E320 Coupe. Simple in design yet elegant, it harkens back to a time when Mercedes-Benzes were engineered to a fault and were produced in much smaller numbers.
1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe. Only 44,427 miles. Heated front seats, sunroof. Rare, one owner white over gray coupe. This E320 comes with a complete service history performed by a local Mercedes-Benz dealer.
A new engine wiring harness at 44,413 miles ($2,200)
A new mass airflow sensor @ 44,373
A new timing cover seal, valve cover gasket and head gasket @ 39,820 miles ($1430)
A new front cam cover seal @ 37,602 miles ($663)
The pictures do not do this car justice! We encourage you to come see it in person if you are serious about a purchase. It is immaculate! Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. If you are unclear of anything please contact us PRIOR to placing a bid!
Here is a nice transplant conversion. Take one of the superb W124 wagons and pull out the stock 3.2 liter six and drop in place the bored out 3.6 liter 275 horsepower version from the C36 AMG.
The conversion was probably fairly easy as a handful of the AMG built engines were dropped into various iterations of the E class straight from the factory as the E36. The engine looks absolutely at home and very few would guess this wasn’t a stock engine bay.
This car has just under 200,000 miles on the body and the donor engine, pulled from a same year C36, has 115,000.
The car is rust free and looks really clean for a car of its mileage. The deep blue paint looks good and is a suitable color for sleeper of this nature. Surely not as swift or as surprising as some of the recent German uber wagons. A 95 packing close to 300 horsepower is still likely to turn a few heads.
The interior is also clean and comes with the removable dog cage for the rear cargo area as well as the removable rear cargo cover, both are great options to have. Fold down the seats and you have plenty of room for hauling or sleeping.
These wagons have a good following. The ask on this one is $8,500. That might be a bit high for this car with this mileage, a stock E320 wagon in good driver shape can be had for $5,000. It is hard to know what kind of premium that addition of the 3.6 liter adds. All around this looks like a practical car for the family man who longs for an unaffordable E63 wagon, but still wants something fun and unique with authentic AMG pedigree.
Those that know me are aware I have a weakness for certain vintage Mercedes-Benzes. Interestingly enough, it’s not always the flashy coupes and roadsters, but rather, the sedate sedans that pull at my heart strings more. Having grown up with a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E in my parents’ household, I’ve admired the W124 for its no-nonsense looks and stout chassis. I’d love to have another one someday and while the legendary 500E would be the one I’d choose, more than likely my wallet would steer me more towards a six cylinder variant, and preferably the face lifted version that appeared for the 1994 model year. This later model 1994 E320 for sale in the Mid-Atlantic region is not the most mint condition example out there, but with a bit of TLC it would make an excellent daily driver.
1994 Mercedes E320. No reserve auction, highest bidder wins! Original 101,942 miles. Yes, those are original miles. No accidents, non-smoker, rust free, adult owned. Well maintained, no warning lights. No leaks, clean and clear title plus Carfax in hand. Runs, drives and looks great. Engine starts and runs perfectly. Transmission shifts very smooth without any hesitations or jerkings. These straight 6 cylinder engines are well known to go over 300k miles with regular oil changes. I personally drove this car and found it to be in outstanding condition.
Features: automatic transmission, ABS, airbags, power windows, cruise control, power locks, power mirrors, power steering, power seats, tan leather, sunroof, alloy wheels and more. Please note that this is a used vehicle and it does have minor wear and tear. Front bumper cover is broken as seen in picture but does not effect how it runs.
Since this is a no reserve auction, I would estimate that anywhere between $3,500 and $4,000 should take it, given the car’s cosmetic faults.…
Following up to the clean, low mileage Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan just featured, here is a very mint example of the first Mercedes-Benz four seat convertible manufactured since the early 1970s: the E320 cabriolet. Just shy of 3,700 examples were produced in this last year for the W124, featuring the venerable 3.2 liter inline six producing 217 hp. This example has yet to see the better side of 60,000 miles and it shows.
This E320 Cabriolet is painted in rare #721 Moonstone Gray Metallic with a Gray leather interior and black cloth top. A limited production hand-built car, this example has only 57,000 miles. No accidents ever with clean CarFax. All original paint. Meticulously maintained by its owner and used as a fair-weather driver only in Wisconsin summers and Florida winters. Must see and drive to appreciate.
It always amazes me that given how few E320 cabrios were produced, there always seems to be a wealth of clean, low mileage examples for sale. The asking prices for these models have always been strong, but $28,500 seems a bit optimistic. If this car had under 20,000 miles and was close to showroom fresh, maybe I could see it. But realistically, given the current economy, a value of closer to $20,000 seems more reasonable.
I will say that this car speaks to me, and quite loudly, because my 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 was painted this very hue, Moonstone Gray Metallic, and it is a fantastic color. Subtle, with a hint of mauve about it in the right lighting. Ever since they appeared in 1992, the W124 E class cabriolet was a favorite of mine. I have no doubt that someday, when my economic and living situation changes, I will be searching for a clean, lovingly cared for example like this very car.…
Until this January, I had been a Mercedes-Benz owner for the past 10 years. I have to say, as a consumer loyal to the marque, I’m not too pleased with the styling direction Mercedes has been taking the last several years. Where to start? Well, the new C class coupe can’t help but make me think Honda Accord Coupe, many models suffer from too much needless chrome in an effort to up the bling factor and the SUV offerings I feel have watered down the bread and butter sedans and wagons.
This, however, doesn’t stop me from loving the classics, though. After growing up with a 1992 400E in the household, I have been quite the fan of the W124, especially the 500E/E500. I’m always on the lookout for clean examples of any variant, and here is a well cared for late model E320 for sale down in Texas.
One owner from Houston and has been pampered and garaged! This was an extra vehicle for the previous owner and the mileage is consistent with its limited use. The paint is in excellent condition and it is apparent that this car was garaged and meticulously-maintained. The tires on the vehicle appear to have been recently replaced. The interior of this vehicle is virtually flawless. All interior functions have been tested and the only thing I could find that does not operate is the drivers seat forward/backward motion (tilt seat/back position work fine) This vehicle runs like it has 10,000 miles on it. The owners manual has been kept up to date with service records/dealer stamps.
As of writing this, there is a little over four days left in the auction and it hasn’t met the reserve. I’m guessing the seller has the reserve set around $5,000 to $6,000, which is about what average examples of this E class sell for.…
Another week on eBay, another car turns up that makes me wish I had extra garage space and funds. Of all the W124 Mercedes-Benzes, the coupe was my favorite. The rarity of them along with the classic pillarless profile just wins me over. Knowing this car would keep trucking for many more miles due to the reliable 3.2 inline six is just icing on the cake. Here’s a clean example with 76,000 miles out on the left coast.
The seller states:
Very rare 1995 Mercedes E320 coupe. 1 of 307 made for the last year of the w124 series. The car is Black Pearl with black leather. It was purchased (leased) new in 1995 at the Beverly Hills Mercedes. At the end of the lease it was turned back into Mercedes with 34009 miles on it, at this time MBZ of San Francisco purchased it and certified it in April of 1998. It was sold to a gentleman from Marin Ca. who was dating a salesperson at the dealership and he had the vehicle for 10 years until I bought from him, so the Mercedes has never left the state of California. It has been perfectly maintained! It amazingly solid without even a rattle after 16 years, last of the hand made Mercedes!
According to NADA, clean retail for a 1995 E320 coupe is hovering around $8,500, Kelley Blue Book is at about $7,800. The buy it now price seems just a tad high, but honestly, if I was in the market, I wouldn’t hesitate putting $10k down on something like this, given it’s history, condition and rarity. The convertibles are nice, but the last of the W124 coupes are the rarest of the bunch and are fast disappearing. Hopefully this one finds a good home.…
In an era of SUVs and minivans, the estate, or station wagon, is fast becoming a less favored mode of transport. One manufacturer has stayed true to this body style since 1978: Mercedes-Benz. This clean, low mileage W124 E320 wagon is my favorite of the breed and perhaps one of the best engineered, as well. Rarely do we see Mercedes-Benz wagons with such low mileage but here’s a chance to bid on a classic.
The seller states:
This is a really nice 1995 E320 wagon that has been in California all its life. It was bought new by an older lady in Los Angeles. She kept the car for just over 11 years and put only about 35,000 miles on it in that time. Her daughter acquired the car in 2007 and it has been in the Bakersfield area since then. This car was built in September of 1995; making it one of the last w224 cars to be built. This was also the year of any U.S. model Mercedes wagon until 1998. Unfortunately, 1998 was also the first year Mercedes began using the new V6 motor. So, 1995 was the last year Mercedes made a wagon with the better in-line 6-cylinder motor. Since a new body style was introduced for 1996, this was also the last of the over-engineered E-Class cars. Just like the 1993 190-Class, the 1999 S-Class, and the 2002 SL-class, this car was the last of its kind, and they truly don’t build them like they used to. By Mercedes’ own admission, they do not over-engineer these cars any more. This car is the last of the best.
This car has as much cargo space as a mid-size SUV with the middle and rear seats folded. It has the third row seat which makes it a true 7 passenger vehicle.
Continuing with our under $10,000 theme, here we have an exceptional 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline sedan. W124 sedans with low mileage are getting more and more scarce these days, with Sportline editions being pretty non-existant, no matter the condition. Available on E class coupes and sedans from 1993 to 1995, this package included 7″ wide wheels, 60 series rubber and stiffer springs, struts, roll bars and bushings which translated into a slightly lower ride height. Also included was a shifter with the Sportline badge, sport seats for the sedan, as well as small badges on the front fenders.
ONE OWNER 1994 Mercedes E320 Sportline Edition. 1994 Mercedes E320 Very Rare Sportline Edition that only has 54k original miles on it. The Mercedes comes Car Fax and Autocheck Certified and all service is up to date and the car is not even broken in yet. Do you want a car that will not go down in value? This is the one. It is stunning and your neighbors will surely be jealous when they see you go by with the sunroof open..You owe it to yourself to drive this beauty. I bought this car and updated all that it needed and now it’s time to sell. Other than a couple noted flaws it is pristine.
The one thing I don’t like about this car is, you guessed it, the color. Other than that, the fact that this is a one owner, clean, low mileage example of a very rare (and revered) Benz, the buy-it-now price of $8,990 seems like a steal.