1986 was one of the most difficult bosses from the headquarters of Mercedes. For the first time in the history of the powerful and prestigious corporation, to the factory held a protest demonstration. Not by workers seeking wage increases and of angry taxi drivers protesting against the numerous defects in the latest model of Mercedes – average “E” Class with factory designation W-124.
Most loyal customers and many of the company reached an extreme. They wanted to stop the production of new and back on the conveyor to move the old model. Defects were most blocked with automatic transmissions, cylinder heads curves flowing detachable roofs, problems with the electrical system, rattling seats, squeaky dashboard. A blessing in disguise.
Perhaps it was the anger of the company led consumers to throw tens of millions of marks to eliminate all the problems in a very short time. To make this particular model in the highest quality and best buy car produced by Mercedes of all time, at least so far.
Diversity of the engines can satisfy even the most demanding customer. From diesel to 72 horsepower V-shaped eight-cylinder engine with powerful 326 hp is any power of various swept volume of the engine. Bestsellers is a little low for diesel fuel, although very heavy body. A good purchase is a five-cylinder engine, which since 1989 has a 94 horse power. In combination with the turbo machine is a genuine alternative to petrol engines, spend at least 5 liters less fuel, with excellent dynamic qualities.
Legendary strength of Mercedes W124
Most diesels in the appropriate maintenance support to 500,000 km without major repairs. If you buy a diesel sedan with great mileage, pay attention to some typical weaknesses. During hard acceleration the exhaust should not go dark blue smoke. This means a defect in the fuel pump and ensure light-budget by at least one thousand German marks. Raise the hood and if detect the characteristic odor of oil is certain that injection nozzles or piping leak fuel. When the engine reaches normal operating temperature at the particular noise coming from the area of the cylinder head – it occurs when a defect in the hydraulic valve lifters.
In petrol models is the most purchased model 230 E. It is a reasonable compromise between power 136 hp in 2300 cm3 swept volume and fuel consumption 8-10 liters per 100 km. True Benz mid-size, however, is an engine of 3200 cm3, 6-cylinder 220 horse power. For larger financial resources recommend E 420 model with V-shaped 8-cylinder engine with 279 hp For masthead model class – E 500 to 326 horses are known to be a real alternative to “S”-class. He is a true combination of comfort and limitless power – the maximum speed is deliberately limited to 250 km / h
Gasoline engines, diesels are also extremely reliable and durable. Traveled over 300,000 km without any problems. As always, however, buying a used car does not mean reliance on brand image. These defects early in the 1985-86 year long been removed, but still look for a newer model. 230 is the most typical problem is a worn camshaft – is known in irregular engine operation. If the expansion tank for the coolant notice greasy residue, surely burnt the head gasket.
Deserves scrutiny and rear muffler of the exhaust system, which often corrode. Another weak spot is unmarked windscreen wipers – the mechanism is too sensitive and damaged pretensioners rear door. If the front axle even catch the patter is certainly flawed camp hydraulic engine suspension. After mileage of 200,000 kilometers are replacement Rubber bushings at the rear. Star defect known from older Mercedes models, the relationship between the gimbal and the differential.
The average Mercedes coupe is broad and comfortable boot – enough for a large family. Because refined materials too difficult to guess how many miles has passed the appropriate drive. Which means once again caution when buying second-hand. The suspension is solid, unpretentious dry time, but due to rear-wheel drive requires a skilled hand in wet and slippery conditions. A best set of new winter tires.
Mercedes is synonymous with quality, made in Germany. Buying a second hand Mercedes and maintain expensive. But glad to have it is unique ..
Among fans of conspiracy theories can often hear the opinion that automakers simply have no interest in creating “timeless” cars. So who would buy their new models if the old is not amortized, no TPO-Shalit and doing their jobs? In support of this opinion can bring thousands evidence forming fleets worldwide. However, there are several facts that seriously sting antikonspiratorite opinion. One of the most striking examples of a car that crashes that theory has short factory index W124. Displayed for the first time in the fall of 1984 and output ratio remains almost 12 years.
In this period managed to become the best-selling Mercedes-Benz of all time and one of the finest vehicles ever constructed. Nearly two decades after its appearance on the market W124 continues to search the market for used cars far more sustainable than many other far more advanced models, and prices are only marginally affected by the age of the car. The reasons are simple – upon completion of the necessary care so Mercedes-Benz has the resources to come together in one million kilometers, while preserving all their merits.
At the dawn of his career, however vertiginous W124 prospects for success have never been so glamorous. Thousands of minor and more serious problems hit the image of the Stuttgart concern. Mercedes-Benz had to deal with a number of structural weaknesses of its new sedan defects whose removal costs billions and even the protests of the taxi drivers in front of the giant. The result of the efforts of German engineers, however, became the benchmark for mid-size car, as some of the other major manufacturers and have achieved goals after 19 years.
Mercedes-Benz W124 debuted two years after a small 190 (W201) and largely follows the same philosophy. The concept of conservative design, spacious and ergonomic lounge combined with exceptional performance and durability makes it topical even today, unlike the vast majority of his contemporaries, who at least seem honest “second-hand”. Compared to its predecessor W123, W124 is 30% better aerodynamics on
Mercedes W124 Body
(Cx = 0.29) and an absolute classic design that has won sympathy. The exquisite workmanship excludes defects caused by age, but, as with any car, disadvantages though not lacking – especially in the oldest specimens. Since the start of production in October 1986 Mercedes-Benz constantly improving design and manufacturing technology, but leaks from the sunroof occur even in cars in 1988 Upon purchase of diesel modification you should pay special attention varnish to avoid “chosen” who previously worked as a taxi. Mercedes-Benz W124 offers almost perfect corrosion protection and all traces of rust should be considered highly suspicious because of the possibility that the vehicle was hit. The only weak spot is open to the jack where corrosion occurs relatively frequently.
One parameter which is difficult W124 worthy rivals, the level of ergonomics and comfort
Mercedes W124 Saloon
Like everything else on this model, it features an amazing build quality and materials used. Over time, however, may occur parasitic noises from inside the front doors and creaking of seats. Cheaper versions boast a particularly nice touch trim, but at the expense of its strength is impressive. The steering wheel is not adjustable and has a slightly larger diameter than usual – a slight defect, which is offset by the magnificent hydraulics.
Mercedes W124 Engines
mounted on a Mercedes-Benz W124 is a topic that itself can take several pages. The model is equipped with a huge choice of power units with a power range of diesel modest 75 horses to 326 stallion of the V-shaped 8-cylinder Monster 500 E. The total amount of modifications is 19 and their description is given in the table here. In literate service and timely service resource for each of these power units constitute not less than 500-600 thousand km. Traditionally, their distribution mechanism is driven by a chain, which serves mostly true throughout the life of the engine. Be confused with the choice of modification is virtually excluded – each motor has its own characteristics and advantages. Experts and owners are still the most flattering to the six-cylinder petrol engines and 2.5-liter turbodiesel with 113 hp Their only drawbacks are leaking due to fatigue trimmings – once replaced – rarely call otnovo.Mercedes-Benz W124 is equipped with four-and five-speed manual and automatic transmission boxes.
The first surprise defects extremely rare and are virtually maintenance free. Is not the case with guns – especially five-speed. Often spinning wheel can knock out the fifth gear. In addition to normal working machines need to change the oil and filter every 60 thousand km and 170 thousand since then have replaced the friction lining and sealing gaskets. Articulation, hang back and camp gear have enough resources, but every 80 thousand km must check the condition of the elastic gimbal joints.
Besides the traditional Mercedes-Benz rear-wheel drive, W124 exists in a version with four-wheel drive. The system distributes torque between the front and rear axles in the ratio of 33:66% and incorporates locking rear differential and ASR (traction control). Modifications have undoubted advantages 4Matic, but are extremely expensive to maintain, so it is wise to avoid. However, if the choice he chose such an option, a thorough inspection is required. Since transmission and powertrain should not hear any noises. Otherwise, yet complex and expensive remont.Po terms in performance Mercedes-Benz W124 is also worthy competitors extremely difficult. The main “culprit” for a great ride is unique independent rear
inherited from W201. Even more impressive are the characteristics of adjustable pneumatic dampers T station wagon, which allows preservation of clearance in the limits regardless of load. Incidentally, the price of the universe are much higher than the sedan, which is easily explained by their qualities. When buying a wagon, however you should check that is basically the rear axle, which repairs out salty.
In the professional vocabulary Mercedes-Benz W124 is used as a synonym for “eternal” car. While not perfect (see schedule of defects above), most failures occur very rarely, once removed thousands of kilometers ahead without any repairs. The only really serious flaw in the German limousine prices are high using specimens and expensive maintenance. Any pleasure, however, pay, and Mercedes W124 is definitely one.