Two qualities difficult to find among W124-series Mercedes-Benzes: one-family ownership and exhaustive maintenance. These cars essentially fall victim to their inherent goodness, with their robust mechanical features leading to multiple owners and lack of preventative maintenance due to their longevity and durability. That’s why it’s refreshing to see an eBay listing for a 300E out of Orlando, Florida, with an extensive list of maintenance items already addressed that go far beyond the Jiffy Lube-lifestyles many of these fine cars are often subjected to. The new headgasket and associated cooling system updates should give the next owner lots of headache-free miles, along with the refreshed suspension. And how nice it is to see an owner make the very easy and worthwhile upgrade to European lighting – looks a heck of a lot better, too.
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The Mercedes-Benz 500E is a car which needs no introduction to the fans of GCFSB. We feature the model on a regular basis; as one of the most popular super-sedans produced by Mercedes, we’re always glad to see a very mint condition, low mileage model and hopeful for a steal when we see less pristine examples. The possibility always exists that one will sneak in at a cut-rate – a model that has higher miles and a small list of needs, for example, that will allow for a more reasonable purchase price. But as we pine and search for values on the 500E/E500 market, ironically we seem to ignore the model which replaced it in spirit; the E55 AMG. Part of that comes down to both the real and perceived gap in quality between the W124 and the W210 chassis; however, what is undeniable is what that equates to in the real world. Find a not-perfect, higher mile 500E today and you’ll be looking at around $10,000 or more while a mint condition, low mile E55 AMG is available for around the same amount. Which is the better proposition?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay
It broke my heart a little bit to see what this seller had to say about the number of 300Es produced with the 5-speed manual: less than 400. I know of one that recently arrived at a local salvage yard, and the overall condition indicates it was once someone’s pride and joy: original books and manuals, original bill of sale, nice paint, and so on. And if there were originally less than 400, I can’t imagine how low that number is now. I know the Mercedes manuals aren’t so great, but I still love watching the video of this ’86 for sale in West Virginia and hearing that inline-six wind out. These are great, durable cars, and at this price, an absolute steal.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300E on eBay
How do you even begin to explain this one? I know, I know – someone couldn’t afford to pay for its maintenance needs, so here it sits outside a shop. But the sheer neglect – the bruised bodywork, the sun-worn paint, the filthy interior, the brake-dust coated wheels – was there no limit to its owner’s disregard for the caliber of the vehicle in their ownership? I don’t care if you choose to ruin a late-model C-Class, or drive a W124 2.6 to the ends of the earth. But when you take a E-Class that was born out of an unholy partnership between two of Germany’s premier motorworks, blessed with the sexiest fenders this side of a 993, and oozing with muscle and brawn – built in limited numbers, no less – and you subject it to this type of existence? Whoever that owner is or was, they are dead to me.