1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E Sportline

Usually when the Mercedes-Benz W124 is brought up it is all about the 500E, Cabriolet or sometimes the diesel. This is for good reason, of course. Lost in that discussion in the lowly 300E/E320 and “not-quite-500E” 400E/E420. But often forgotten is the 300E Sportline. The Sportline was an option on W124s and W201s for a few years in North America as a way to get your kicks out of a Mercedes-Benz sedan without ponying up over $80,000 (!) for a 500E. In all honesty, the option list wasn’t all that bad for the Sportline package. You got a bunch of different suspension components, wider wheels and tires, a quick ratio steering box, a smaller steering wheel and the same seats out of the 500E. Yes, that means that you did in fact get rear individual back seats with bolstering. That bad part is that you didn’t get any extra power out of the soon to be expired M103, but you take what you can get from the conservative Germans when they give it to you. Now 25 years later and most of the regular 300E cars are trashed, even finding a Sportline is a tough task. But this 1992 for sale on Long Island just might the one to snag up.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E Sportline on Long Island Craigslist

Year: 1992
Model: 300E Sportline
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 132,500 mi
Price: $4,800

1992 Mercedes Benz 300E Sportline 132k Black on black leather original paint.
Excellent condition meticulously maintained. Real sweet car with no issues,
Drives nice, handles tight. It’s a Sportline.
Very clean interior and exterior. Needs nothing but a new caring home.
Preferably with a garage.
Up to date on all maintenance, well sorted.
Parts replaced in past 6000 miles from March of 2014
New tires 4 matching Michelins
Oil and filter every 2000 miles Rotella T6
EHA valve
Radiator Belt and Tensioner
Air Filter
Brake Fluid flush
Fuel Pumps Filter Hangers and Fuel Line
Water Pump Upper hose and Bypass Hose with Thermostat
Braided Stainless Brake Hoses
Cap Plugs Rotor Wires
Tranny Fluid and Filter
Motor Mounts and Tranny Mount
Shifter Bushings Front Flex Disk
Ball Joints and Front Struts
Ignition switch
Oil and Filter T6
Sway Bar Bushings
Fuel Injectors with seals and holders
Air Flow Boot and Idle Air Hoses
Valve Cover Gasket
Brake Fluid Flush
Tie Rods and Center Link with Damper
Rear Shocks Bilstein Sports
Oil and Filter T6
Voltage Regulator
Defrost Pod
Idler Arm
Fan Clutch
Oil and Filter T6
Coolant Flush Zerex
All with dates mileage and receipts
Needs a new home.
$4,800

Usually when I see these pop up for sale every so often they fall in the category of either someone has no idea what it is and thinks it’s just a regular lowly 300E or the enthusiast who knows what it is and treats it as such. Thankfully, the latter is true with this car. Looking at the Craigslist ad, this owner really loves this car and takes care of it as such. There is a laundry list a mile long with repairs and maintenance such as changing the oil every 2,000 miles. Probably not needed, but more power to him. This is the kind of old used Mercedes you want to buy. Everything is done, no surprises, no stories. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought cars or looked at cars that didn’t seem all that bad, then a year and a half later I’m still buying parts and checking things off a list that needs done.

At $4,800, this asking price is totally fair. You are paying a little bit of a premium, but it’s worth every penny. These cars in general don’t trade for that much more than a comparable 300E, which is kind of disappointing, but I understand. Those who want a W124 usually go big or go home. A regular 300E is unsatisfying to say the least when you know what the chassis is capable of, but the Sportline gives you a nice taste while saving you an easy $15,000 over a 500E. So if you have 500E tastes but can’t justify the cost, this 300E Sportline surely can give you some of that enjoyment.

– Andrew

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline

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Good examples of the Mercedes-Benz 190E are getting harder to come by. This was Mercedes first foray into the compact luxury segment but are revered today as having the old school build quality that long term fans of the marque know and love. Even more uncommon are late model 190Es decked out with the Sportline option, which came with a sportier suspension and upgraded interior. This 190E 2.6 for sale in Pittsburgh has 77,000 miles on the clock and in addition to having the rare Sportline option, has the even more rare 5-speed manual gearbox hooked up to the silky smooth M103 2.6 liter inline-6.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline on Craigslist Pittsburgh

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Now Legal for Import Double Take: Mercedes-Benz 190E Sportlines

Look closely and you might mistake these two Mercedes-Benz 190Es and you might mistake them for any other run of the mill W201. Dig a little deeper and you’ll notice they are sitting just a little bit lower on their haunches and a small badge on the lower front fender: Sportline. This was an option that added a tauter suspension and differing interior trim to the usual baby Benz package. While the 190E 2.3-16, 2.5-16 and Evo models carried the performance torch for the W201 lineup, the Sportline option gave buyers the ability to have something just a bit different than your run of the mill Mercedes sedan. First up, we have a 1990 190E 2.6 Sportline for sale south of Munich, Germany with just 53,000 miles on the clock.

Click for details: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline on Mobile.de

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Manual mates: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 vs. 1993 190E 2.6 Sportline

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The time has once again come that you can not purchase a new Mercedes-Benz in the United States with a manual gearbox. The SLK250 was the last to be equipped as such. Even on a stroll around Frankfurt, Germany last week, I spotted few new Mercedes-Benzes with a proper gearshift on the console. As time passes on, they are only going to become more rare. So we might as well look back to more vintage models to satisfy our dynamic driving needs. We’ll take a look at two very different 190E models today, both equipped with 5-speed manual gearboxes. We’ll start first with this European spec 1985 190E 2.3-16 for sale in Florida.

Click for details: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 at Champion Motors

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4WD Week Tuner Tuesday: 2005 Audi A3 Abt Sportline

As I said in yesterday’s Coupe Quattro post, there are a lot of fun Audis that never made it to the U.S. Also like the Coupe Quattro, the A3 isn’t high on many enthusiast’s lists because we got some very similar cars here. However, there were some unique A3s produced and tuned in Europe that never made it to these shores, and this must be pretty high on the list. It’s a model that the U.S. didn’t see; a manual 3.2 Quattro S-Line 2-door A3, which was then modified by noted Audi and Volkswagen tuner Abt. Abt has been in the game as long as some of the other big boys, and ran the factory-backed Touring Car efforts with the early TTs – so sufficed to say, they know what they’re doing. That know-how comes with a price though, and Abt cars are known for being pretty pricey out of the box – so not many have been sold. Take a look at this great rarity for sale today in Germany:

Year: 2005
Model: A3 3.2 Quattro S-Line
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 127,000 km (78,914 mi)
Price: E. 8,999 ($12,343.93 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro Abt Sportline on eBay.de

For Sale on behalf of customers is a top well kept Audi A3 3.2 Quattro S-Line ABT Sportline plus!!
250 hp from 3.2 liters
Full leather black
Sport seats
3 spoke leather steering wheel
Heated seats
cruise Control
Climate
xenon
great Navigation
board computer
Central locking with remote

ABT double pipe exhaust system
ABT Rear roof spoiler
ABT side skirts
ABT front skirt
ABT Rear panel
ABT 19 inch wheels
ABT sports suspension

Trade-in possible!

For further questions please contact us at 01716202196

Like my complaints about the second generation R32 were answered with the 6-speed second generation TT 3.2, this A3 has the right gearbox and fun motor combination. Normally I’d prefer a 4-door but the lines of the A3 are prettier than the Golf by a long shot, so the coupe still looks great. The Abt kit integrates reasonably well, though I think the rockers and front spoiler are just a little bit too much. I also much prefer the early 90s Speedline-sourced Abt wheels over more recent offerings, but these fit the car period correctly as they should have been. One neat feature I do really like is the quad exhaust; in 3/4 profile the car reminds me a bit of a streamlined M-Coupe, and that’s not a bad thing at all. For about half the going rate of a second generation R32 then, this car sure looks like a lot of fun – but no, you can’t have it here. Das ist streng verboten!

-Carter

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Sportline

Before the integration of AMG engineering firm became fully owned by what has now become Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz began offered the Sportline option on a few of their models, including this car, a 1993 300CE coupe. This option provided buyers with features such as a quicker steering ratio and uprated suspension bits consisting of more aggressive struts, springs, larger anti-roll bars and firmer bushings. Also included in the package were alloy wheels that were a half inch wider and badging on the front fenders and shift knob. This 300CE for sale in Massachusetts is one of the niceset, lowest mileage Sportline car I’ve seen for sale in several years.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Sportline on eBay

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Sportline Coupe with 31,031 miles. It represents the level of quality that is not meant for just anyone. It’s meant for the person who strives for a classy, comfortable, luxurious, practical and unique car. The very low mileage makes this vehicle incomparable to the other vehicles on the market. Not only the low mileage; originality and amazing cosmetic and mechanical condition set it apart from other offerings even in the higher price range. Any museum would be proud to own and display this car, but it is ready for the road if you choose to buy it as an every day driver. Why not? Over the years this generation of Mercedes cars proved to be reliable and cost efficient to own. These cars are still on the road driven by happy owner to hundreds of thousands of miles. Be sure to prepare yourself to get noticed in this ultra rare 300CE.

This is a 20 year old car that looks and drives like a new Mercedes. It will be an Antique Mercedes Coupe in 5 more years and will certainly increase in value. Should you decide to use it as an every day driver; our Service Department already addressed all potential concerns related to the age (tires, brakes, hoses, belts, fluids and other maintenance items) as well as known required updates – head gasket, seals and engine harness are all brand new. We even saved old parts in case new owner would like to keep original parts that came out of the car. All service work that was done on this car was documented with the records and digital photos.

Yes, this car has original factory paint on all metal body parts of the car. Front and rear bumper covers as well as plastic body cladding on the sides were refinished in black to match the body color. Original color of these parts on the 1993 Model Year Mercedes cars was dark gray metallic. We were told that this was done by the Mercedes dealer that sold the car originally. Interestingly, in 1994 Mercedes factory began to paint bumpers and cladding in the same color as the body of the car.

This car has rare Sportline Package. Mercedes-Benz offered this package in the North American market for the 1992-95 model year. The option package included sport seating, wider wheels (7″ rather than 6.5″) and lower profile tyres (205/60 x 15 rather than 195/65 x 15), quick ratio steering and a smaller diameter steering wheel, “Sportline” badges on the front wing moldings and gear knob, a slightly lowered ride height and a specially tuned suspension including shorter, stiffer springs, struts, anti-roll bars, and bushings.

A clean 300CE will run you somewhere between $6,000 to $12,000 these days. If you add in the low mileage factor along with the rare Sportline option of this car, we might be looking at a high point of $15,000. The asking price, as with many low mileage cars we’ve seen here on GCFSB is much too optimistic, regardless of how nice the car may be. Still, I’m a huge fan of W124s and the black on black combination gives this car a sleek look. They aren’t the sportiest cars, but they do everything rather well and with the Sportline bits, it would make for a nice long distance cruiser.

-Paul

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline 5-speed manual

Before AMG took over as the sporting arm of Mercedes-Benz, we had Sportline for those seeking a bit more performance. For the US market, the Sportline option was available on the W201 190E 2.6 for 1992 and 1993 and the W124 300E/300CE and E320/E320 coupe between 1993 and 1995. Features such as a quicker steering box, lowered ride height, tuned suspension and larger anti-roll bars made it into the mix, making this a rare case of less flash and more substance. The Sportline Mercedes-Benzes have lived on in relative obscurity, known only to the true Mercedes-Benz faithful. Finding one in good condition is rarer than the proverbial hen’s tooth, so this final year 190E 2.6 is an uncommon treat, especially given the fact it is made even more unique with the 5-speed manual transmission.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline

1 of 700. Sportline LE. 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 5 speed. No it’s not a clone! Just Look at the speedo and rear seats. The Sportline option consists of these items and a few more not listed!

Sport seats front/rear 4 Seater
Different lower control arms and bushings
Different shocks/springs
Different wheels
Smaller diamater steering wheel
Sportline shift knob
Quicker ratio steering box
Larger front/rear sway bars and different bushings
Sportline front fender badges
Different rear sub frame mounts

You Could Only Get It In Black! RUNS & DRIVES VERY NICE!

Equipment: Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Stereo, Cassette, Cruise Control, Leather, Dual Air Bags, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, & Power Windows!!! Brakes work well. Everything works as far as we know! All glass & mirrors look great – no cracks. The interior condition looks NICE! Seats and floor are somewhat well kept. There is some very light wearing on the seats and floor. Dash & console are nice! Outside light covers look good. Paint looks real nice. (There are some small little door dings and some very small scratches).

I’m impressed with this cars condition given the 168,000 miles it has covered. Usually, you see issues crop up such as sagging rear bumpers or interior door trim that is warped or fog lights that are cracked or pitted. It goes to show you how well a car can look after 20 years if you simply are a bit careful and maintain it properly. I really like this car, but I think if the asking price was about $1,000 to $1,500 less, it would be garnering a little more interest. If it had closer to 100,000 miles on it, I could almost rationalize the asking price, but when you are bearing down on 200,000, no matter how clean the car is, there’s always an issue or two at a minimum that will arise and it’s hard to estimate what that will set you back.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline sedan

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.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline

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.

-Paul