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SOLD: 1993 Mercedes-Benz S124 E320 Estate Automatic 7-Seater
1993 Mercedes-Benz S124 E320 Estate Automatic 7-Seater
Malachite Green Metallic
Sand Leather Interior
Full 12 months MOT
Regrettably having to put my wife's Mercedes E320 Estate up for sale as a further recent car purchase means we have just too many cars now (seven!) and have simply run out of space to keep this car.
We have owned the car for two years and it has proved to be a great utility/family car. This is NOT a concours or show car and certainly not a Garage Queen like some of my other cars. However, with its huge load carrying capabilities (we've even managed to transport a two-seater sofa in it), strong performance from the 3.2L 6 cylinder M104 engine, seven seats option and solid build quality it's a very useful car which in an ideal World we would love to keep.
It will be missed.
Very nice factory specification includes:
Seven Seat Option
(has proved useful on occasion for transporting teenage kids and their friends around!)
Mercedes factory (not after-market) Air-Conditioning (working!)
Electric Slide and Tilt Sunroof (working)
Electric Aerial (working)
Autodim Rearview Mirror
Electric Mirrors (both sides as this is a face-lift model)
Soft Close Tailgate
Outside Temperature Gauge
SERVICE HISTORY and REPAIRS
First registered 10/12/93 at Mercedes Dealership Lancaster Bow, London
This model was hugely expensive when new. With the help of a fellow Mercedes Club member and an online 'money/value calculator', I have calculated that this model with this specification cost the equivalent of well over £100,000 in today's money. No wonder they don't make 'em like this anymore!
18 Service Stamps
MOT'd yesterday (23rd July 2015) Passed with the only advisories of "slight corrosion on a front and rear offside brake-pipe". Well, it is a 22 year old car and this was noted last year as well. I had my Mercedes Specialist check this and he said they didn't warrant replacement and just cleaned and waxoyled them.
The all important and expensive Engine Wiring Loom job has been done and replaced with the upgraded, non-biodegradeable version with receipt to prove. If you are not aware of what this means please Google it for the details on how important this is. Personally, I wouldn't buy a Mercedes model where the potential for this problem exists without proof that this job has already been done. Without it all sorts of problems can occur.
The rear hydraulic suspension spheres have literally just been replaced. The only miles on them are collecting the car from the garage and taking it for its MOT.
Recent new front brake discs and pads.
The M104 engine has a known tendency to weep oil around its head-gasket (this is NOT a blown head-gasket). This had previously been replaced at 145K miles (we bought the car at 160K miles). However, it was still weeping so we've had it done again. Unfortunately, it still weeps slightly. There's actually a modified gasket available which is supposed to solve this and I suspect that this wasn't used. Rather than take the car off the road to have it done again we've just lived with it and just occasionally top it up. It's not been a big issue for us.
ENGINE and GEARBOX
Powerful 3.2L inline six cylinder so When required this car does have strong performance.
4-Speed Automatic Gearbox with "Standard" and "Economy" modes. The 4-speed 'box is regarded as somewhat more reliable/robust than the later 5-speed.
Sand leather in good, clean condition. Only fairly minimal rubbing to the driver's seat bolster but no wear on the leather itself.
Genuine Mercedes Ribbed Overmats
Mercedes Audio 10 Radio/CD (allowing you to play CDs but still looks 'right' in this setting) and original Blaupunkt Speakers
Sniper Alarm system with 2 remote fobs
BODY and PAINTWORK
In very good and presentable condition. NOT concours.
At some stage prior to us buying the car the car has clearly had a lower body and bonnet respray and so looks very smart.
It had some expected stone-chips to the bonnet which I've touched in as carefully as I could. Additionally, there were a couple of small (less than 10p size) bubbles on the edges of the front and rear nearside wheel-arches. On the front these were NOT in the 'danger zone' at the front of the front wings where W124 wings rot from the inside out but just on the lips of the wheel-arch distant from that site. I have recently cleaned these small areas back to clean, bare metal, treated and repainted them.
There are two very slightly variants of Malachite Metallic and unfortunately, given the 50:50 choice, I chose the wrong one (!) so the colour match isn't perfect (please see photos). I'm not going to re-do this as painting isn't my forte, it's not really that noticeable and somebody else could easily do a better job of
painting if they were so inclined. At least they're cleaned and protected now.
The car must have had new front wings in the past as they are totally solid with no rust or corrosion in the area where they always go. They must also have been genuine MB wings as the fit and shut lines of the wings are perfect.
I have taken photos of any other small areas which aren't perfect. There is evidence of a VERY, VERY shallow dent in the driver's door which is only visible when viewed at certain extreme oblique angles and I've struggled to show it in a photograph. Indeed, I didn't even notice it myself when we were buying the car and only spotted in some days later. I just mention it for clarity.
There is also a small crack in the rear bumper trim (again please see photo and scale).
Despite the above this is still a very smart looking car.
WHEELS AND TYRES
The 8-Hole Mercedes alloy wheels had been refurbished prior to us buying the car and whilst no longer perfect remain very presentable for a working car.
We have very recently fitted four brand new, matching Dunlop Sport BluResponse tyres. The car has hardly been used since so they basically have full tread.
Additonally, I am selling the car with a set of 15-hole Mercedes alloy wheels which have been powder-coated (an 'ok' budget job) and which haven't been used since to be used as winter wheels. These have matching winter ( Continental CONTIWINTERCONTACT ) tyres which have a decent amount of even tread remaining.
These wheels require 5mm hubcentric spacers as the front brake discs and calipers on the E320 are bigger than the rest of the range to cope with the increased performance of this model. I'm providing a set of good quality hubcentric spacers (cost me more than I had anticipated!) and a bag of the longer wheel-bolts required.
The car will also come with a set of roof bars and a boot-liner.
All handbooks, service booklet, wallet and an Estate Model specific brochure. Numerous receipts.
Tookit, Warning triangle and first aid kit present.
Please see the numerous photographs HERE
Whilst perhaps not yet regarded as "Classic" cars yet, these W124 Mercedes are definitely enjoying an increasing cult following/status due to their undoubted build quality along with practicality, reasonable running/repair costs and "cool" good looks! These Estate versions have cavernous load carrying areas therefore this car may suit Antique Dealer or trend-setting Shoreditch Hipster in equal measure...or possibly even just a large family requiring a genuinely useful and practical car but looking for something as a more interesting alternative to a mundane MPV? :)
SORRY, THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD.
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