I've owned 3 Benzes, all bought with some miles on them.
Our W124 300E 2.8 is the remaining Benz in our garage and though it has 189k on its clock, it is still the most solid car of anything I've driven or ridden in, new or old.
Safety is #1 in my book, as it saved the life of our daughter who was hit in the rear by a car doing 50mph. The Benz was properly repaired.
I will always own a Benz.
Every year, I put money in it to keep it going, but it soldiers on with class and style and is a blast to drive. Absolutely, it is one of the best Benzes ever made and one of the easiest to maintain. Great mileage, as well, as it still gets 28-30mpg on the i-state at 70mph.
Pro: This is THE safest car we have ever owned. Our two daughters were both hit at speed at freeway speeds and walked away. I was rear ended in LA traffic at 50 mph and walked away, with zero damage to the car, even the bumper. This is an excellent freeway long distance car. 3000 lb. curb weight, so lots of German steel here. 3.0 Liter, 24 valve engine. Top speed when new was 147 mph (the speedometer goes to 160). This is a real autobahn flyer, made for long high speed runs. Quiet and smooth. Can carry 5 people with a full trunk of large luggage no problem. VERY reliable IF you keep up the maintenance 100%. You can do the oil changes on this car yourself. The tires can be rotated so we get 50-60 k miles out of our Michelins. We have 300k miles on the care now and its driven daily.
Con: acceleration is slow 0-50 compared with modern light cars. Over 50 mph it really goes. It uses premium fuel only. You have to keep up the all the regular maintenance and any problems right away or they compound. This is a precision German car, which means only people who know how to work on a Mercedes should touch it. It uses the old pneumatic line system, so one has to know that system or they will really mess up the car. If it breaks down on the road, tow it however far it takes to get to the correct mechanic. Some people don't like it because it is "old" and has analog instruments, and few computer readouts for service. For me that makes it more usable and friendly to drive and one just needs to find the right mechanic. You can keep this car as long as you wish and as long as you can find a good Mercedes mechanic who likes the car. Taking this car to the dealer is far too expensive. This car has character.
A nearly perfect car with a great
engine, timeless exterior styling, and
a high-quality interior. As this model
year 300E was mis-badged, it is
undervalued. 1994 and 1995 were badged
as an E320 which is what this car
should've been called. There is a big
difference between 1986-1992 300E's and
1993-1995 300E (3.2) / E320's because
of the engine difference and nobody
seems to know that this one year has
the new 3.2 liter engine. As a member
of two Mercedes Benz Clubs, it is not
unusual to find similar cars with
200,000 to 400,000 miles on them, and
still look and drive like new.
After 200,000 trouble-free miles, my 300E was totaled in a 50 mph rear-end strike by a Chevy SUV. All four doors still open perfectly despite the car being crushed up to the rear window.As an engineer I understood the strength of this body, so I bought another 1993 300E 3.2 to drive for another 17 years. A wonderful solid car, albeit not flashy, just excellent.
I have a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.2
Liter Engine with 53,250 original
miles! 1 of 5,492! It is an amazing
luxurious machine! Words can't describe
the feeling while behind the wheel of
this beauty! The leather is beautiful,
wood grain is gorgeous, trunk is big! I
love this car and there is no other car
like it on the road! It has alot of
power and it knows how to handle it!
The security this car gives you can be
felt from the moment you hear the door