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1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 with 64,000 miles

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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.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

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. Given the cars history and pleasing color combination, $8,000 doesn’t seem too unreasonable, but if a buyer can get this for right around $7,000, I’d say it was a good buy. This is a car that will last a lifetime, even at almost 20 years of age.

-Paul

13 Comments

  1. Larry
    Larry July 28, 2011

    I like the W124 E-class. Classic mid-size Mercedes. Especially the wagon.

    Single-owner car? Check.
    Low-mileage? Check.
    Silver over grey? Not the most expressive combination, but it works.
    3.2L V6? Not the most exciting version, but it will get the job done and keep maintenance costs semi-reasonable.

    Enjoy it for decades…the previous owner was likely an older gentleman, so it probably wasn’t abused.

    “The drivers seat forward/backward motion does not operate.” Sure, it’s a used car, and some things might not work, but isn’t moving the seat back and forth important enough that the dealer would fix that before the sale?

    If not, I hope the buyer is appropriately-sized for it’s current position – so he can drive it home.

  2. Paul
    Paul July 28, 2011

    This was actually the 3.2 M104 inline six, of which I’m a bigger fan than the later V6 engines. I’d just factor a few hundred into the bid for the seat repair.

  3. Larry
    Larry July 28, 2011

    Quite right, Paul, it’s an I6 (as I should have plainly noticed from the photos). My bad.

    No, repairing the motorized seat isn’t a deal breaker – I just don’t think that a dealer should leave something like that for the buyer. Call me unreasonable, but my expectations are higher when buying a car at premium dealer prices.

  4. Paul
    Paul July 28, 2011

    People seem to have low standards these days. When I bought my Cooper S from an independent dealer outside of Philly, disappointing doesn’t even begin to describe my experience. Some things needed replacing and a proper detail was in order. But you know what, I’d rather do it myself because I don’t trust these kind of dealers to get the job done right.

    As they say, God is in the details, and with a car like this, it deserves a better presentation.

  5. Larry
    Larry July 28, 2011

    Absolutely! As a prospective buyer, it makes me wonder what else they’ve glossed over…

  6. always_fixing
    always_fixing July 28, 2011

    Odd that they didn’t fix the seat….

  7. Larry
    Larry July 29, 2011

    @ Paul (and everyone else who wants to answer, of course):

    You posted two fairly similar Mercedes sedans recently – this E320, and last week’s C280. Arguably, they are both pretty similar – mileage, color, condition, price range, age, etc.

    I’m curious…of the two, which one would you choose, and why?

  8. Paul
    Paul July 29, 2011

    I’d probably go for the E320 for two reasons:

    1. I prefer the M104 engine over the V6

    2. It has a little more of the classic Mercedes-Benz look/feel than the C280

  9. Larry
    Larry July 29, 2011

    As always, I guess it depends on what you are buying it for.

    Nothing else considered, I would opt for the E320 over the C280 also – despite the E320 being a design generation behind the C280. It’s more car and has a more classic feel.

    My neighbor has this E320’s twin (albeit with a lot more miles), so even though I like it a lot, I probably won’t bid on it.

    When the original C-class was introduced in the US market, it was quickly labeled the “baby Benz.” Unfortunately, I just can’t seem to get that out of my head.

    So I’m probably going to hold out for either a W123 or W124 wagon. Not exactly quick, but definitely classic and bulletproof.

  10. Wes
    Wes July 29, 2011

    I’ve always considered myself a BMW guy – even before I owned one – but some of the posts here have me thinking M-B for my next car. Do any of you have suggested reading for various models? Something like Bimmerforums or Bimmerfest?

  11. Larry
    Larry August 2, 2011

    9 bids, $5159, far short of the $7995 BIN, reserve not met

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