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...
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.
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.
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.
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.