Say you have under $10,000 to spend on a car. Do you do the sensible thing and go with a nearly new compact or subcompact that, if you are lucky, may have some of its factory warranty left? Or do you do tempt fate and go with that older luxury vehicle you’ve always been craving? Fortunately, there’s a middle of the road example: the W124 Mercedes-Benz E class. Rock solid build quality, relatively affordable running costs in comparison to other German iron of the era and a healthy dose of leather, wood and other goodies to comfort passengers. This Smoke Silver example for sale in Indiana has just over 63,000 miles on the odometer, leaving it barely broken in.
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Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:
The 500E is a car with great staying power. All these years later, it’s still extremely handsome, if not better looking than most of Mercedes’ current offerings. Of course, the flared fenders have something to do with that. The seller is extremely detailed in describing the car’s flaws, which fortunately, seem minor. Although there’s a bit too much emphasis on things like “patina” and “period-correct”, the low miles and overall original condition are the big attractions here. I love the Evo wheels, personally, but this is a car that looks good on any rollers that fill out those gigantic wheel wells. The bucket rear seats were among my favorite parts of this car as a young’n, along with the Porsche heritage and sportier steering wheel. The best aspect of these cars is the sleeper status they offered, which is further enhanced by the seller’s deletion of the rear badge.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500 on eBay
Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. So goes the story for me and my love of Mercedes-Benzes from the 1980s and 1990s in comparison to the current model range. Mercedes still makes wonderfully good cars, but a bit of the mystique is gone, as an ever expanding SUV lineup emerges and the company tries to lure in those obsessed by the badge with the new CLA sedan. By 1994, the W124 E class was appearing a bit dated in comparison to the Japanese luxury upstarts Lexus, Acura and Infiniti. However, if I look at any of those models from the Far East in comparison to this E420 for sale in Connecticut, I’d say the E420 has stood the test of time. It might have not been the most exciting thing to look at when it was new, but the hallmark Mercedes build quality along with V8 muscle are ever apparent.