1986 Mercedes 300E

I owned this car while in Denver in 2002-2003.   It was pretty reliable the time I had it there, and took me all around the area from local camping trips, mount Rushmore, LA, Grand Canyon, off road tracks etc.   The 3.0 liter engine is pretty willing and these cars will do over 200km/h.   I bought the car from a dealer called Jesus, but it never walked on water.   Jesus did try and scam me out of extra money and go back on his word, but ultimately I got the car for the agreed price.     I sold the car in early 2003 to a coworker who wanted a runabout to the trip to and from work.

The W124 is nice to drive, but it just doesn’t have the character of the earlier chrome bumper cars, or even the W126.  Having said that, if you need a good reliable car for not a lot of money, a W124 is a decent alternative.   I also driven the W124 230E and the 300 is they way to go – they don’t use much more fuel (the 230 has to work hard to move the fairly heavy car around) and it is a much nicer driving experience.