In the past I’ve sung the praises of theÂ W201 as a classy yetÂ affordable daily driverÂ (see here and here). But for some, the compact Baby Benz is just a little too small.Â The good news is that all the best features of the W201 -Â the classic styling, bank vaultÂ build quality and over-engineered platform thatÂ yieldsÂ surprisinglyÂ high levels of crash protection Â – can all be had in the roomier W124. Produced between 1984 and 1996, this generation of theÂ E-class is in many ways the definitive 80s-era Benz: handsome,Â practicalÂ and built to outlive itsÂ owners. Indeed, since these cars are so long-lasting, there’s no shortage of themÂ out there for sale, with a wide variety of examples available to suit all manner ofÂ tastes and budgets – sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles,Â gas or diesel engines, hoopty or minter. Most of these fall on theÂ affordable side (with the exception of theÂ 500E super sedan), offering a lot ofÂ substance for very little money. This particular carÂ is a fairly basic 300E, but it caught my eye because it ticks all the rightÂ boxes: a nice color, low miles and a good price.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E on Autotrader
For sale is an Excellent condition Mercedes-Benz 300 E: – Interior and Exterior in Excellent almost mint condition! – Looks & drives great! – One owner – Always garaged – All scheduled maintenance – All records – A/C ice cold – New tires – Title in hand – No accidents – Must see!
Perhaps it’s because these pictures were taken in the Florida sun, which makes the paintwork pop, but I think this car looks absolutely stunning. TheÂ relatively uncommon color of pearl gray (paint code 122) sits over matching gray leatherÂ instead of the usualÂ MB-Tex. The paint looks to be shinyÂ and free ofÂ imperfections, while the plastic lenses on the front fog lights, which usually cloud with age and exposure to the sun, look clean and clear (although if I were buying this car I’d probably swap them out for the nicer Euro-spec headlights anyway).Â The interior appears to be in similarlyÂ mint condition, withÂ leather seats that look barely used, while the wood on the center stack and surrounding the gear lever appears to be glossyÂ and crack free. Even the radio is still the stock Becker unit. The car presents as nicely as one would expect for a garage kept vehicle with an incredibly lowÂ 50k miles indicated on the odometer.
Powered by the 3.0 liter version of the M103 engine, generating about 180 hp and allied to a four speed automatic gearbox, this car will make for one pleasurable highway cruiser. The only major issues to watch out for are the variousÂ oil leaks to which the M103 engine is prone (and which usually culminate in a headgasket replacement at around 150k miles) and the biodegradable wiring harness issue that is peculiarÂ to W124s – these harnessesÂ degrade with time, not use, so the mileage is neither here nor there, and they are quite expensive to replace.Â Assuming it passes a PPI and is as clean in person as it appears online, for $5k this could be a very classy commuter that feels and drives like aÂ much more expensive car.