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.
We have run through six other cars in the time we have owned this car. We took it to Tiawan with us when we lived there. Bullet Proof is all you need to say. Exterior still is fabulous with no rust and shines, the interior leather is tight and the seats seem to be in the same shape they were when new. We change the oil every 5k or so, have replaced muffler, and done brakes. several times. This car has never stranded us. My neighbor with a five year old 300 series car seems older and not as good quality. Our car is definitly better built. I wish they would start building them like this again. Everything works still.
All the tactile things like the seats, steering wheel placement, doors controls, seem so well thought out and then executed. Drives very solid, confidently on the highway, great visability which I can't say about our new Toyoata Sienna van.
The small outside mirrors, and no cup holders although the center console does double duty. Compared to the Sienna Van folding the rear seats down are a pain, but that's not much of a complaint.
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 bought this wagon for the room and MB
solid reputation. My husband (2001
Audi driver) is amazed at how well
my wagon handles. The engine is smooth
and it drives like a new car. Leather
seats, carpet and paint job look like
new (and I have children who eat in the
car). While I have had some annoying
repairs (A/C evaporator, engine wiring
harness) it still amazes me that
the "gadgets" still work (auto seats,
windows, locks, lights) after 9 years
on the road. Plus, no squeaks or
rattles. Find an MB 'enthusiast'
mechanic-often know more and are less
expensive than a dealer. Would keep it
over a new MB-and will pass down when
my son turns 16.
Great visibility, handling, built like
a tank, lots of room, holds up to wear
and tear. Love the (easy) fold down
seats for cargo and third seat when
MB needs to go back to making this
quality-Reminds me of my mother's old
300 TD-ran forever. Could use better
distribution of A/C, needs cupholders.
Window controls in middle-
counterintuitive. Passenger glovebox.
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.