I’ve said numerous times that the W124 Mercedes-Benz 400E/E420 is one of the forgotten gems from Mercedes in the past 35 years or so that won’t cost you a ton of money to buy or live with. It still is modern enough to be a daily driver if you wish and since it is a W124, you won’t hate your life driving it. The .034 E420 offers the punch of the torquey M119 V8 without having to spend $25,000 on a .036 500E. The facelift version, like this 1994 we have today up for bid in New York, is especially attractive with its two-tone paint and really clean appearance for having almost 176,000 miles. This example has some heavy maintenance items already completed and is actually a one-owner car. Question is, are you willing to pay the slightly higher asking price for this example?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Mercedes-Benz E420 on eBay
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 175,950 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction
Bought in 1994 brand new by Mercedes fan of German heritage. Serviced by Mercedes dealership and German car expert from 1994-2008 in Texas. Serviced by Mercedes dealership and German car expert on Long Island since 2008. Always garaged, never had an accident. Hood and front fenders were repainted after a concrete truck spilled liquid concrete at construction site. Timing chain was replaced at ca. 100 000 miles, transmission fluid changed in 2016. Regular oil changes were done at each 3000 miles. There are 3 small areas of rust: at windshield frame L+R and under right back light.
Everything works: e.g. cold A/C, sunroof, all switches, windows, locks, heating etc. Transmission is smooth. Engine starts well, no smoke or odor, and runs powerful. Transmission shifts well, reverse engages firmly.
Leather is smooth without blemishes or cracks. All materials on interior look spotless.
Car is available immediately. Buyer has to pick it up in person. Acceptable payments: Bank Teller’s check, Wire Transfer (bank to bank) or cash. Vehicle can be inspected prior to bidding in Huntington, NY. Contact me via email for details. Vehicle and its title will be only transferred after full payment has been received and verified, no exceptions!
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This car really caught my eye because it looks really clean in the photos. The description highlights the maintenance with the big timing chain job being done at 100,000 miles. Usually the M119 doesn’t need a new chain or guides at that mileage, but I suppose it can’t hurt for it to be replaced already. The interior is nice with no rips or tears in the leather and the wood is especially nice for 176,000 miles. This car isn’t all good news as it has some rust under the passenger side taillight and under the windshield frame – all places that aren’t fun to try to remedy. I think if you are buying this as a daily driver it wouldn’t be a deal breaker, but if this was to be a long-term car, I might look elsewhere.
The seller started the bidding at $5,750 without reserve so that is the floor on this car. It was previously listed at the same price and didn’t receive any bids, so I don’t have high hopes this time around for this E420. The mileage and rust are probably holding it back a little and something like this is always a tough sell without seeing it in person first. I think something in the $4,000 range might be a better starting point for this car if the seller really wants it gone. Maybe some better photos would help this one too, but right now as it sits I think the seller will be holding on to it a little longer.