1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

The majority if the time I check out a Mercedes-Benz W126 it is either a 560SEL or a 300SD. For good reason though as if you wanted the ultimate luxury car short of Rolls-Royce/Bentley, you went with the 560SEL. If you wanted a car to literally last you a generation, you bought the OM617-powered 300SD. But if you wanted a compromise of both models, Mercedes gave you that option towards the end of the W126 life-span from 1988 to 1991 with the 300SE. It was the tried-and-true M103 3.0 inline-6 paired to a standard wheelbase sedan that saved you over $20,000 if you selected the 300SE for $53,000 versus the $74,000 you would have paid for the 560SEL. Now that the majority of these cars are sneaking up on 30 years-old, you don’t often see them in really nice condition. Fortunately, this example painted in the rare Willow Green up for bid in Connecticut is in really nice condition and probably won’t cost you a ton of money either.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E

A few weeks ago I checked a wonderful Signal Red Mercedes-Benz 560SEC. I explained that on some Mercedes, red looks pretty good and suits the car well. Other cars, like sedans, red is a pretty tough sell for me. Encase you haven’t noticed by now, this 1991 300E that I am looking at today is painted in that same Signal Red. It is a very clean W124 that has under 100,000 miles and I really dislike it. Let me tell you why.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300GE Cabriolet

It has been awhile since I’ve featured a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Cabriolet because frankly, they don’t come up for sale all that often. People that know what they are usually want them pretty badly and when they get their hands on one, they keep it for a while. The last one I checked out was a 1999 G500 Cabriolet that was nearly perfect and came with a price tag to match at $150,000. Today’s G, a 1990 300GE for sale in Las Vegas,  is still a W463 but obviously a little older. This one however is a little cheaper and thanks to a bunch of custom touches, even a little bit cooler in my eyes. Although I want to be clear here. The word ”cheaper” is a relative term when talking about these trucks. They are still really expensive in the grand scheme of things. How expensive?

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

I’ve been living with my W126 300SE for several months now. In that time I’ve clocked up about 1,500 miles and taken the car on a few road trips in the mid-Atlantic region. Apart from a couple of initial hiccups (which I wrote about here), it has been a pleasure to own and a real joy to drive. Comfortable, stately and classically good looking, my friends joke that all it needs is a set of ambassadorial flags on the front bumper. It’s true that the 3.0 liter motor lacks the low-end torque made by the larger V8 models – I have to use the kick-down switch at the bottom of the throttle pedal more often than I did in my smaller W201. But once up to cruising speeds on the highway, the 300 behaves much like the 420 and 560. The six cylinder M103 motor is robust and relatively easy to fix (except for the fuel injection system, which can be a bloody nightmare when it goes wrong). And the proportions of the short-wheelbase exterior are, to my eye at least, just right.

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

When I got my first job out of grad school, I needed a cheap daily driver to commute to work. Everyone told me to just buy a Honda and be done with it. But I knew that wasn’t going to work. I wanted something unusual, safe, classy and preferably German. And that’s how I came to buy a W201. I didn’t really know much about them at the time. But a nice looking example popped up for sale near me, and as soon as I drove it I was hooked. The 190E rides like a shrunken S-class: luxurious, sturdy and solid. The straight six motor is creamy and robust. And the design of the car is really quite handsome, under-appreciated even, especially when seen from the rear three-quarter angle. True, the 190E is not fast, the KE-Jetronic fuel injection system is a real pain when it goes wrong and, owing to the gearing on the old school four-speed automatic, the 2.6 is not as fuel efficient as it should be (the 2.3 isn’t much better either). Still, a nicely kept W201 can be a neat and satisfying entry point into budget-friendly German motoring. Provided you pick a good one.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic

A little over a month ago Craig looked at a nice 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic. Today’s vehicle is another 1991 300TE 4Matic, although this one has a little different backstory. This Ice Blue Metallic W124 estate for sale in Central Pennsylvania is actually a Japanese market car that made its way to Canada before heading to Pennsylvania. This means it has some cool options and a slightly different look than what you are used to seeing. Now before you get too excited, there are some things about this specific 300TE that I’m not too crazy about. Let me explain.

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Model: 300TE 4Matic
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: (186,000 km) 117,000 mi
Price: $4,299 Buy It Now

This beautiful Mercedes 300TE 4Matic has been a daily driver in Nova Scotia and Pennsylvania since 2014. It is a super rare Mercedes. They are just a great car and is still the car I drive to and from work. I have also driven it long distances without issue. This car’s import VIN is WDB1242901F202795.

It is in very good condition on both the inside and outside and has never been in a wreck of any sort. There are 3 noticeable spots from rusting and they are ALL shown in the pictures: Under front driver’s side headlight and again behind the taillight on same side, and a small rust spot on back door. Overall, the body shows little wear for a 1991. The paint is in very good condition. A new clear coat was done in 2013. There are no dents in the car and there are few, if any, noticeable dings. The interior needs a good, professional cleaning and we will do that before delivery. This interior is so far superior to the leather they used to put into these cars. It just holds up. Blue in color, there are no rips, tears or major stains and the wear on the seats is minimal.

There is no cracking in the dash! And the veneer wood detailing is in pretty good shape and all there.

This is our 10th used Mercedes and I must say, the W124 models are the most durable and well-engineered Mercedes we have ever had. This particular model is often considered the series (following the W123) that began the Mercedes engineering revolution. Anti-lock brakes, 4Matic AWD (very hard to find), the steel cage, etc., all reflect the W124’s uniqueness. That is why they are SUPER hard to find — especially in the 4Matic. I am not super fond of the anti-locks, as they are GREAT, but a little “rumbly”.

I have turned off the 4Matic (under the hood/easy to do) during the non-winter months as the rear-to-front balance of the car doesn’t really need it. I also replaced the tires in Fall 2016. I would say they have a good 85% tread wear left. I do drive this car a lot and will add miles until sold.

The car is metric, so it measures everything in kilometers. The car currently has 117,000 original miles, or 186,000 kilometers. Some people replace the dash to reflect mph but, IMO, keeping this car in as close to original condition is is important for resale. The only element that is not original is the stereo.

The car has a VERY slow hydraulic leak. The leak is coming from a spot just below the reservoir through one of the hoses and is too hard for me to reach, so I have just topped it off every few weeks.

I have replaced only with Mercedes or Mercedes OEM parts/fluids. It comes with the ORIGINAL manual and fuse tester/diagnostic meter that I use to calibrate the car every couple months.

As you can see, it has the rear-facing seat in the back. Works properly. Also, windows, sun roof, seat and other electronics work. The antennae is a little bent and therefore I disengaged the “raise/lower” function to avoid any breakage. Nonetheless, it still works.

This vehicle is a dream in snow. No issues at all plowing through a foot of snow with total control.

The V6 engine runs great. It does require a minute of warmup in the winter. Also, I have added fuel injector cleaner to every other fill-up of premium unleaded gas. The car gets almost 20 mpg. Not great, not bad. It is a tank, so where that has some advantages, it does operate a little less fuel efficiently. It has great highway passing ability and can easily hit 100mph if that is important to you.

We are the third owners and simply need a larger second car. Only reason for selling. We get so many comments on this car. It really is a great car.

Please look carefully at the pictures and ask any questions. I can help coordinate pick-up once fully paid. If your transporter wants to pay when they arrive, they will need to wait for me to ensure the form of payment will clear.

The pictures were taken before I switched the car to a PA registration in order to sell in the states. Thus the NS plates.

I have priced this car VERY reasonably. The starting price reflects the car we put into her. Please ask me anything you like about this car. Nothing to hide. When we brought it back from Nova Scotia, the car never touched the ground. Hauled with a full carrier, not a two-wheeler. It has been well cared for, never abused, never driven in big cities with lousy roads and lousier drivers, off road or on the beach, or without a cover or garage to sleep in.

I am listing the car locally as well and may sell.

The really cool part about this car is the interior. Blue cloth is present where you’d normally find MB-Tex or leather and the pattern is really nice. It has a distinct 90s look that is really appreciated when done right. It does need a really good cleaning but nothing that a days work can’t fix. This car also has the highly sought after W124 euro lights as well as the manual climate control system.

Now the bad news is, this car has some issues. The seller says it requires being warmed up in the winter which could mean anything. Secondly, there is a hydraulic fluid leak from the SLS system somewhere that isn’t an easy fix due to the location of the leak. There are also some other little things like a bent up antennae and some foil tape used to cover up something on top of the coolant overflow tank. But this big thing here is the rust. The driver’s side front fender has reached the point where metal is totally missing and a hole has formed. That’s not too big an issue and could be fixed with a new fender but the real concerning spot is under the taillight. Sooner rather than later that entire piece of little metal will be rusted away. Ideally you need to cut that entire piece out to stop it fully, but it’s delicate and time-consuming work.

This $4,299 price tag is fairly reasonable if the 4Matic is functional like the seller says it is. At least the ad is honest and upfront about all the work you are probably going to need to do immediately if you plan on keeping the 300TE for any good length of time. I’m really tempted by this on myself, but that rust is probably a deal breaker.

– Andrew

1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The R107 arrived in 1971 and remained in production for an extraordinary 18 years, enough time to establish itself as a well-loved symbol of motoring decadence. Today, these roadsters remain usable and admired classics. The 300SL, available in Europe between 1985 and 1989, was never sold in the US. American buyers were therefore deprived of the six cylinder R107 experience, having to choose from a range of V8s instead. A shame, really. In many respects, the bulletproof 3.0 liter engine was a nice match for the chassis. The R107 was always more of a boulevard cruiser rather than a sports car anyway, so the 190 hp offered up by the creamy six cylinder unit is sufficient. With a little less weight up front, these tend to feel a little more agile than the V8-powered models. And aside from some well documented weaknesses (head gaskets, valve guides and stem seals) the M103 is a notoriously reliable motor.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL

Buying a high mileage car can be a bit scary, even if it’s a Mercedes with a reputation for longevity. Odometer readings can have a profound psychological effect on our perception of a car’s health (and worth), making people leery of high mileage cars. But in truth, at a certain stage in a car’s life, maintenance history and upkeep become far more important than any number on the dash. This is particularly true of the W126. A low mileage car that has been sitting is liable to cause you more problems than a high mileage one that has been driven and cared for by a meticulous owner. The upshot is that if you shop around and choose wisely, you can score a bargain on a high mileage car. This 300SEL, for example, has 286k miles on the odometer and a cheap price tag attached. Offered for sale by a knowledgeable and friendly Benzworld contributor, it offers a budget friendly entry point into W126 ownership backed up by plenty of maintenance history.

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 manual

I’m a purist at heart. I like older cars that have survived into the present while remaining practically bone stock and unmodified. But I also realize that there are many different ways to love and appreciate cars, and the stance scene – with its lowered ride heights, deep dish rims and negative camber –  is just another of them. So even though I don’t quite understand it, or find it all that appealing, I respect the craft, and the obsession that goes into creating these cars. This modified 190E caught my eye on the Benzworld classified forum. It’s riding low, but not too low, and while the wheels really don’t quite fit, they are at least very handsome. And with an “Avantgarde” interior taken from a European spec car, the inside on this one’s a bit of a treat too.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic

The W124 platform E-class is an unstoppable tank. So you’d think that the addition of an all-wheel drive option would make an excellent car even better. Not so fast. The “4Matic” AWD system offered on the W124 was complex. Using numerous electronic sensors to control the locking central and rear differentials, the automatic system was capable of splitting torque between the front and back axles as required: 100% to the back, 35/65 front/rear, or 50/50 front/rear. When performing properly, this made the W124 a very competent car in inclement weather. However, the complexity of the system meant that if and when it broke, repair costs could quickly become astronomical. For that reason, W124 enthusiasts tend to pass over the 4Matic, regarding it as a rare example of Mercedes’s over-engineering becoming a liability.

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