Having bought two other used Mercedes
cars and loving them both, we bought
this wagon in June '03 to replace a
very worn-out and rusted Camry wagon.
This Benz is now 10 years old but
doesn't look it -- both the interior
and exterior have held up very well.
Typical thoughtful Mercedes engineering
throughout makes this car an excellent
choice for daily hauling/commuting, and
the fuel economy is acceptable. Only
problem is, this particular wagon has
been going to the mechanic on a monthly
basis -- something is always breaking.
Tight turning radius, easy fold-down
seats, just-right suspension (not too
firm, not too soft), plenty of cargo
space, sharp handling, better-than-
expected acceleration and handling,
ageless good looks.
Car keeps breaking; in between mechanic
visits, though, this car is the perfect
I Starmark leased this 94 wagon and
have been very pleased with this
exceptionally reliable, well-built and
elegant auto. The motor is strong
and quiet, the ride smooth except on
broken surfaces and the practicality
and size of design is just right for us.
As the lease nears its end, I am
having trouble finding a vehicle I like
better at any price.
Best features include high build
quality, long term reliability, smooth
highway performance and a more
subjective quality of both practicality
and quiet prestige. The tight turning
circle is more useful than you might
imagine and around town, it is just
Shortcomings: No "sporting"
character, poor wet/snow traction,
small outside mirrors, pokey
indecisive transmission changes
and vague numb steering. The AC is
not even throughout the cabin and
the standard radio is mediocre. No
Watch out for bad motor mounts.
Nobody builds a car from the inside out more complete and solid in integrity than Mercedes. It's no mistake that people all over the world regard these cars with so much esteem. And, that is also why it is the choice of taxis in Europe. The essence of Mercedes-Benz is rock solid, along with fine ride and handling.
Reliability, durability, practical roominess, comfort, ride, handling, sporty spirit, fun to drive.
I absolutely love this car. It's a tank, it seats seven, and gets respectable mileage for such a huge vehicle. I averaged 22-25 mpg. I put it through hell, a Fargo Winter, two Kansas City summers, and many miles of highway driving. Ulrich von Nerdwagen is on life support; a bead clutch in the transmission is toast and reverse is nearly shot. Couple that with either a headgasket or a broken water pump, and I would have to put more than the car is worth into it to keep it running. If they break.. man does it stink. I adore this vehicle, and would stick to W124 chassis exclusively if I had more money to deal with my terrible luck. I'd recommend to anyone. I like having no cupholders...
88 cubic feet of cargo space, thoughtful folding process of seats (theyre ALL FLAT) Silky smooth M104, substantial buttons and switches, and most importantly, the ride. There is no car in the world that acts as composed as a Mercedes-Benz at ninety miles per hour. I'll be sad to see mine go.
Yet again, the MB sales people thought american consumers didnt deserve the far better european climate control system with more than two settings. Also, the wiper has only three settings. The wheel bolts caused many grumbles. I like to slide wheels ONTO studs, not goof around for several minutes.
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