Friday, November 25, 2011

1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E - The Best Of The E Class

For my money, this is the best all around E Class sedan you can buy. It's modern enough to be driven everyday, but still retains some of that great old-school Mercedes-Benz style.

There are many people, myself included, who believe that the W124 models were that last of the "over engineered" Mercedes-Benz cars. Introduced in 1985, the W124 cars were available in sedan, station wagon, convertible and coupe form.

The 400E came with a 4.2 liter V8 that moved the car to 60 MPH in around 7 seconds. Traction control was standard, as was most of the goodies you'd expect to find in an expensive German luxury sedan.

This 1992 400E is owned by an enthusiast, who just bought a 500E. (A very cool car, but for everyday driving, I'd take the 400E.) It has been maintained very, very well.

Two of the most common W124 problems are the wiring harness (which was biodegradable, but unfortunately would start to biodegrade long before the rest of the car was ready for the bone yard) and the automatic transmission. Both have been attended to on this car.

This car has 117,000 miles on it. With by the book maintenance, there is no reason to believe this car won't double (or more) that mileage.

Located in Stamford, CT, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to Cory for sending me the link to this car!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great car indeed.

Though I think the very last Mercedes to be over-engineered would be the 1992-1999 W120 "S-Class" that the company spent $1 billion to produce.

On this W124 as the owner said he swapped the '86-'93 amber indicators for the semi-clear lenses that appeared 1994-1995. I wouldn't have done that, but now the next owner also ought to get rid of the hideous U.S.-spec headlights which I have heard also provide inferior vision at night versus the European smooth single-unit lamps. Not sure if he'd have to get the '86-'93 Euro lamps or the '94-'95 lamps which were FINALLY introduced on U.S. models (and went with the semi-clear turn indicators).