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5th August 2015, 09:18 PM
I am helping a mate do some homework on mid 80s to mid 90's Mercs. I thought with the diverse knowledge base on this site, I would try here.

I know little about them, but the info/questions I have been given are;

W124 or W126,
6 cyl or V8, and what size (as there appears to be quite a few)
diesel or petrol

He is chasing general info on reliability, running costs (fuel and servicing) and any particular things to look for or avoid. He is looking at a couple sedans, one of which is a long wheel base. (called an SEL I believe).


5th August 2015, 09:38 PM
My preference W126
The 300SEL would be the one to get. 380SEL for a V8.

bee utey
5th August 2015, 11:02 PM
I now have two W124 station wagons for me and the missus, a '93 E280 six cylinder and a '94 E220 four cylinder. They have thorougly modern 4 valve twin cam VVT motors with electronic fuel injection. Both wagons are terrifically comfy, the four has more torque and the six has more top end. Both have been converted (by me) to sequential vapour LPG injection. Neither has been completely trouble free but they are both damn fine cars given their age. Given a choice I'd rather the bigger six, the E320, but they're rare in wagons out here. In a sedan they'd be an absolute corker.

The only real major fault with these is that Mercedes trialled a new biodegradeable insulation on their wiring harnesses, and unless the engine loom has been replaced, expect loads of trouble. My two wagons fortunately were meticulously maintained up until fairly recently and both have replacement harnesses. The four speed auto trannies are pretty reliable too, so long as they get their occasional service.

All major parts are readily available but be warned good stuff is very expensive. They do appear in pick-a-part wrecking yards these days though so worth keeping an eye open for new arrivals in your area. The couple of Merc wrecking yards I have tried to deal with have been absolutely useless.

Is Vic There
6th August 2015, 05:21 AM
I'd go for a W123 any day of the week, owned two and they are a gem of a car, best car Mercedes produced.

Go for a diesel wagon if you can find one, getting rare and fetching good money now in Europe!

6th August 2015, 06:00 AM
Thanks for the advice sofar gents. I will have a bit of a read up on the W123 but only sedans have been mentioned up until now and I think the preference is for a long wheelbase jobby.

23rd August 2015, 07:08 PM
Dam, these are nice. I am starting to understand the appeal.


23rd August 2015, 08:21 PM
Now you know why I am after a W126.
A maroon or dark blue 560SEL with a sunroof in excellent condition. I've been looking for a while.

24th August 2015, 03:59 PM
I saw a V12 BMW 750IL on the side of the road in Gunnedah last week. They only wanted $3500 for it. Depreciation took its toll.
Although it was silver in colour, if it were in black on some nice rims, it would would look great.

24th August 2015, 06:09 PM

If only it was a different colour.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Auto (http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Mercedes-Benz-560SEL-1987/SSE-AD-2635072/?Cr=1)

I think I'll have this one too.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Auto (http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Mercedes-Benz-560SEL-1987/SSE-AD-2709376/?Cr=2)

Think I'll pop over and have a squiz at this one.

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Auto (http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Mercedes-Benz-560SEL-1988/SSE-AD-2405033/?wt.z_driver=homepage_recentcar)

24th August 2015, 09:42 PM
I'd go for a W123 any day of the week, owned two and they are a gem of a car, best car Mercedes produced.

Go for a diesel wagon if you can find one, getting rare and fetching good money now in Europe!

W123's are getting old now. I've just sold a nice 300D sedan, and it was generally trouble free, but realistically they are a slow old thing these days. Pity they didn't sell the 300TD's in Australia (that I know of anyway).

No doubt about it, beautifully built, but the W124/W126 are a whole generation newer than the W123.

Depends upon how much space you need. W124 is an E class size and the W126 is S class size. W126's are pretty big to punt around in.

25th August 2015, 06:52 AM
I know of at least one 300TD wagon,,

I'd have hated to drive one without a turbo--

25th August 2015, 10:50 AM
Yeah - mine was a sedan, not a wagon. Progress was 'stately' (actually glacial!) but it was still running sweetly with almost 400,000Kms on the clock.

B92 8NW
26th August 2015, 08:59 PM
The 300TD is a 300D wagon (T for Touring body style not Turbo). I had one and it was just the N/A 5 cyl. I wish I had persevered with it a bit more because it was a beautiful car. Was too young and didn't have the income then to get it to where I wanted to.

Turbo ones were known as 300D or 300TD as well but had the "TURBO DIESEL" badge on the back instead of just "DIESEL". Not available in RHD from the factory.

bee utey
3rd September 2015, 04:55 PM
A lovely car for the big Merc nutters:

Rare 1986 Mercedes 500SEC | Cars, Vans & Utes | Gumtree Australia Mitcham Area - Cumberland Park | 1088410256 (http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/cumberland-park/cars-vans-utes/rare-1986-mercedes-500sec/1088410256)


3rd September 2015, 09:41 PM
Or, for the same money, you could by my W220 S Class!

2003 Mercedes-Benz S350 Auto MY04 (http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Mercedes-Benz-S350-2003/SSE-AD-3575954/?Cr=1)


17th November 2016, 10:09 AM
Not for sale, but just finished a shed for the owner of this beautiful 89 560SEL :)

17th November 2016, 12:17 PM
Not for sale, but just finished a shed for the owner of this beautiful 89 560SEL :)
Make him an offer.

As you say, beautiful.