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Trio of Affordable W124s: 400E, 300D and 260E

1After I wrote up a nice looking W124 the other week, a few of our enterprising readers did some further digging and uncovered a number of discrepancies in the car’s history, suggesting it wasn’t such a great deal after all. To try to make up for it I’ve found three more examples of the venerable old E-class for consideration this week. What these cars have in common is that they all present nicely in the ads, appear to have been well cared for by their previous owners and are all priced very competitively. Hopefully at least one of these is a winner. First up is this white 400E.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E on Craigslist

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30 Years of the W124 – A Tribute

Thirty years have passed since the introduction of the W124 Mercedes-Benz E-class range. This is a car that had big shoes to fill, as the W123 range was beloved the world over for its quality, durability and rock solid diesel engines. Arriving in the middle of the 1980s, this new mid-sized Mercedes designed by Bruno Sacco brought the company’s traditional styling hallmarks into a new era. This car would spawn coupe, cabriolet and estate variants as well as introduce four-wheel drive as an option and a few high performance V8 variants. The W124 would carry on into the mid-1990s, succeeded by the W210 E-class with its radical four-headlamp front profile.

Since we’re in the middle of winter in many parts of the US, we’ll start off by looking at this 1991 300E 4Matic for sale in California offered at no reserve.

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Mercedes-Benz W124 Estate Face Off: 1993 300TE vs. 1991 300TE

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“Old Faithful.” A term of endearment bestowed upon the things which are reliable and always there for us. Few things in the automotive realm embody this idea more so than an old Mercedes-Benz. And few Mercedes-Benzes are more recognizable as a dependable motoring companion than the W124 estate. Produced from 1986 through 1995, the US would first be acquainted with the W124 estate in the form of the 300TD in 1987. For 1988, the gasoline inline-6 would be substituted and we would see only petrol variants on these shores until the model’s demise in 1995. The following two W124 estates we’ll look at today are from around the halfway point of W124 production and have covered similar amounts of mileage. They are in good, if not perfect condition but represent the kind of vehicle for those seeking out not a museum piece, but an honest, serviceable example.

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20K Friday – Super Sedan Edition: E28 M5 v. W124 500E – Which Would You Choose?

What’s going on here? Tax returns are still heading out and we’re feeling rich? Well, not so much but it is nice to dream. While normally on Friday we look for the best deals, this duo was too good to pass up. You could argue about who started the super-sedan trend, but there’s no doubt that the Germans perfected it. Two of the most memorable of these are the E28 M5 and W124 500E; blunt instruments that achieve their goals of luxurious speed in very different ways. We’ve covered many M5s recently of different generations, but as I mentioned in the M5 Roundup, while it’s tempting to buy the cheapest M5 you can get your hands on that’s often a poor decision; in many ways, the same could be said about the 500E. So, here are two quite nice examples to choose from – which would be your dream? Let’s start with the M5:

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The Ultimate W124: Mercedes-Benz 500E

Ever since I got behind the wheel of one during my college years, the W124 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500 has had staying power in my mind. It’s no surprise. Barring the few prototypes that emerged over the years, one could almost consider this the first four-door Porsche, having largely been constructed at the Rossle Bau factory in Zuffenhausen. It was a familiar experience at first, given my father was running a 400E at the time, but the vehicle’s responsiveness was dialed in just enough to give it a hard edge without losing the luxury overtones. In my opinion, never has a vehicle manufacturer walked the tightrope between sport and luxury as well as Mercedes-Benz did with this super saloon.

Today we’ll look at two 500Es, first a very low mileage example for sale in New Jersey, the second having higher mileage but still within a range to be considered lightly used for its age.

Year: 1992
Model: 500E
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 10,085 mi
Price: $58,000 Buy It Now

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1992 Mercedes 500E. The Mercedes that was built by Porsche. Car is collector owned and just crossed 10,000 miles. Comes with all original books and records. Despite the low miles, the car has been regularly serviced and has 5 new tires. No blemishes on this car and pretty much impossible to find in this condition and miles.

It’s not hard to believe this 500E covered such few miles. Northern New Jersey is a monied place with a lot of collectors, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a bunch of other awesome rides in this owner’s garage to choose from. More pictures and a detailed history for such a nice piece would have been welcome though. The asking price is certainly well above anything I’ve seen and I doubt this car will pull that kind of money. The market just isn’t there yet. I’d suspect this car might sell in the mid $30,000 range at the high end, possibly glancing $40,000 if the right buyer came along.

Now on to our next 500E, this one being slightly more used with a little over 80,000 miles on the clock. It looks straight from the pictures, however, and is mostly original save for some aftermarket audio equipment.

Year: 1992
Model: 500E
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 83,398 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Here is a beautiful and very special 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E. Finished with a Brilliant Silver exterior and grey leather interior. Driven just 83,398 careful miles since new. Options on this 500E include an automatic transmission, power sunroof, heated seats, 4-place seating, custom stereo and much more.

This 500E just underwent a complete oil and fluid service within the last 20 miles and it drives even better than it looks. The massive 8 cylinder engine (designed and built by Porsche) is strong and powerful and the automatic transmission shifts properly through all of the gears. The steering is tight and precise and the brakes feel just great. All of the electrics work perfectly and the air conditioning is ice cold. This really is a fantastic Mercedes-Benz to drive.

The interior is stunning. The grey leather seats are in remarkable condition (see pictures) showing just minimal wear to the seats. The dashboard is like new and even the carpets don’t look or feel like they have been stepped on thanks to the factory Mercedes-Benz floor mats that have been protecting them.

The exterior is what really sets this particular 500E apart from the rest. The Brilliant Silver paint is in fantastic condition (see pictures) with no major dents or dings anywhere at all. The paint is bright and shiny with plenty of luster. Add the special flared fenders and body arches and this 500E really does look menacing.

The 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E was the supercar sedan of its day. It was a joint collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The 500E has a very unique look, massive performance and all of the Mercedes-Benz legendary safety, luxury and reliability. I have owned a lot of 500Es, but this one happens to look and drive as nice as any. There are some typical “apologies” to this 500E that I would like to mention. There are some paint nicks and blemishes here and there (see pictures) and a bit of wear to the driver seat bolster (see picture). Other than these minor items, this really is a fantastic 500E in every regard. Please feel free to call me (Matt 516-658-4048) with any additional questions you may have. The pictures don’t do this 500E justice, it really is that nice! I am listing this car with a very fair reserve so please only bid if you intend to buy! Don’t miss this one! Good luck!

Even though I prefer my 500Es in black, I’d go for the silver one, simply because I could use it as intended without feeling guilty. The first 500E for sale in New Jersey is really meant for someone with a large collection who might drive it a few times a month at most. Given the mileage and the other 500E/E500s we’ve seen for sale here over the past few months, I’d suspect this car will wind up changing hands for between $11,000 and $14,000, if the reserve is reasonable. Certain maintenance items can be pricey, but given the level of durability, performance and refinement, these cars can be a relative bargain when compared to other vintage Mercedes-Benzes.

-Paul

Low Miles W124 Merc E500 For Sale in Washington

Here’s a gorgeous , with only 8800 miles and a $43k buy-it-now:

1994 Mercedes E500 For Sale Low Miles

1994 Mercedes E500 For Sale Low Miles

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

1994 Mercedes E500 finished in Pearl Black over Parchment Leather interior. This ONE OWNER example is being presented in excellent, garage kept condition. Fully loaded with all options from the factory, this E500 is considered the original AMG Mercedes as it was a joint collaboration between Mercedes and Porsche, it carries with it very subtle OEM body treatments such as front and rear fender flares and enhanced grill. Purchased new in 12/94 from California dealer, this car has only seen 8800 miles and always stored in a climate controlled garage. All service documents from factory Authorized Mercedes dealer, all books, tools, and keys! No accidents or paintwork and is 100% all original as it came from the factory. Considered the lowest mileage E500 in the country known to exist. A collectible car with the comfort and ease of a daily driver!

While there aren’t many E500’s with this kind of mileage — after all, most were driven by wealthy executives who didn’t care about miles — $43k sounds very optimistic. Maybe there are gold bars in the glove box, but I think in this economy, the seller is really holding out for the one in a million (or billion?) that might justify the price for the miles.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 Estate

Death, taxes, and Mercedes-Benz wagons holding their value. Few things in life are guarantees, but those seems to be a couple of them. Why people gravitate towards the W123 and W124 Estates is pretty self explanatory, but what really surprises me every generation after than seems to be following this as well. The general rule I’ve always gone by is that all things being equal, the cost of the sedan + $10,000 = cost of a wagon. Seems crazy for some extra cargo space, but the results don’t lie. I thought maybe this wouldn’t hold true for newer examples as Mercedes-Benz now offers eight (!) different SUVs in its current line up and just one wagon, but nope, still a premium. Worth it? Maybe.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

I personally think one of the more overlooked Mercedes-Benz that is still relatively affordable is the W124 coupe. It’s starting to get in that sweet spot of becoming old enough to be classic, but all the equipment is still modern enough, both safety and amenities, that you are perfectly fine driving it everyday. Nothing will kill you in terms of maintenance or repairs, and even since it is a W124 at the end of the day, it shouldn’t be that unreliable at all. What’s not to like?

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2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK430

The transition from the W124 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe to CLK-Class coupe, which for all intents and purposes is an E-Class coupe as well, was a very clear evolution. It was an abrupt switch from the old-school Mercedes feel into a new modern age with softer styling and softer materials. Of course the wrench thrown into this is that while the W208 looked like a W210 E-Class both inside and out, it was actually built on the W202 C-Class chassis. You’d never really know this and Mercedes did a really nice job of covering that up, but none the less, the new-era of Mercedes was here. It was a very fresh design for the time and while impressive for its day, signaled a very clear end to philosophy of over-engineered and over-built coupes that Mercedes was known for since basically the beginning of the automobile. Times change and you need to adapt, and this is what Mercedes did. Just looking at the front end, you went from squared off and boxy look with headlights that were literal rectangles, to a set of ovals that were split apart into two different lights. A massive change in direction for sure, but it was new, and people bought them.

However, this also signaled the time where a Mercedes-Benz wasn’t really considered a car you kept for years on end, but rather a lease special and a race to get out the door with the lowest monthly payment. Twenty years later, this is still true across the entire model range with the exception of very few niche models. So where does that leave these now old cars? Nearly worthless, basically. There is no nostalgia for a 2000 CLK or 2001 S430. Any example that is more trouble than it is worth is scrapped without a second thought and only the nicest examples still remain. Today, I came across this CLK430 example in Philadelphia that still does maybe have some appeal to it. Outside of the terrible aftermarket grille, of course.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL

Don’t look now, but it seems like the Mercedes-Benz W140 chassis is finally getting its due. Does that mean go out and buy every Craigslist W140 you can find like people do with the 2.3-16v and W124 500Es? No. Please don’t do that. What I’m trying to say is that the very best of the best W140s are finally selling for prices that I would consider “premium”. Just as an example, a 1996 S600 Coupe with 36,000 sold for $32,500 last week and it looked every bit the part of a new car. The sedan is no different either, although the V12 cars and Grand Edition certainly seem to be the most desirable, and rightfully so. Today, I came across a 1991 600SEL up for sale in Germany with just 15,000 miles. Naturally the car perfect, but this one has a little surprise once you open the doors.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL at Janzen Klassik

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