Best series of W124?

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Best series of W124?

Post by astroe » Tue 04 Sep, 2018 7:59 pm

What’s everyone’s thoughts on the ‘best’ series? Apparently early ones are more favoured, according to this book.
I do know generally it’s cabriolets > coupes / wagons tied > sedans. Thoughts?

I personally actually like the final series / 3rd facelift from 1994 onwards, when it was called an E class. Dual airbags, darker tail lights and some models came with an awesome two tone paint job. 🙂
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Re: Best series of W124?

Post by MMWA » Mon 10 Sep, 2018 8:05 pm

I thought I liked the 3rd version front end till i saw one in person - I now dont like it. I like the rear end of the 3rd version though.

Middle version is my favourite, first version looks a little too dated these days.


3rd version is also likley to have crappy wiring harness issues and falconesque peeling down roof linings.
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Re: Best series of W124?

Post by Ivanerrol » Mon 10 Sep, 2018 9:59 pm

I.M.H.O.

Series III. Facelift.

Double overhead engines.
Start in first gear.
The front update is less dated than the earlier versions.
No KE jet issues
The last of them had many W210 underpinnings.

Issues with them.
Wiring harnesses.
Head gaskets

I don't know whether or not the Series III W124's started with water paint - maybe the very last of them.
My 1996 W202 still used enamel. Those W202's with 722.6's with metallics started with water paint.
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Re: Best series of W124?

Post by ngruzevs » Sat 15 Sep, 2018 10:11 pm

Guys, I just purchased a 1990 300E-24, was manufactured Aug 1990. I picked it up for a song, but keen to know if it's impacted by dreaded bio degradable wiring?
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Re: Best series of W124?

Post by Christo C » Sun 16 Sep, 2018 9:10 am

I think ‘93-‘96 were the troublesome years for “eco” wiring.
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Re: Best series of W124?

Post by John Green » Tue 18 Sep, 2018 9:49 am

ngruzevs wrote:
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 10:11 pm
Guys, I just purchased a 1990 300E-24, was manufactured Aug 1990. I picked it up for a song, but keen to know if it's impacted by dreaded bio degradable wiring?
No, the wiring loom drama's were with the 220E/E220, E280 and 320E/E320.

As for what is the best I likes the 1993 model year cars. Still had the traditional grille, but also had the updated M111,104 engines. I have a W124 E220 cabriolet, but would kill to have a 320CE cab, not a E320 cab.
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Re: Best series of W124?

Post by ngruzevs » Tue 18 Sep, 2018 10:07 am

John, couple of questions

- Did the W124 ever come out with a 5 speed auto?
- What's the difference between E320 cab/320CE?
- What's the best engine combo, comparing large sixes, e.g. M103, M104.980, M104.992?
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Re: Best series of W124?

Post by John Green » Tue 18 Sep, 2018 8:15 pm

ngruzevs wrote:
Tue 18 Sep, 2018 10:07 am
John, couple of questions

- Did the W124 ever come out with a 5 speed auto?
- What's the difference between E320 cab/320CE?
- What's the best engine combo, comparing large sixes, e.g. M103, M104.980, M104.992?
- Yes. 300CE-24 had a 5 speed auto as standard. 300E-24 had it as an option. 320CE/E320 had it as standard

- The grille and the indicators. 320CE is traditional grille and amber indicators. E320 is the grille inset to the radiator and clear indicators

- OM606 Turbo, but we never got them here.
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