The W124, as evidenced by today's "good price" or "no dice" E320, is likely to be the last outstanding Mercedes mid-size car. This looks very good, but is its price the same?
Back in the days when I worked for an advertising company, I made a good suggestion for Ford Motorsports, which took advantage of the company’s preference for car model names that begin with a specific letter in the alphabet. Here's the thing: when it comes to performance, it's time to drop a bomb. Did I mention that I no longer work in advertising?
My pain aside, Ford has always been a car manufacturer, and it has seen the value of performance and car names beginning with "F". This is evident in the 2016 Ford Focus RS we saw yesterday. The RS model is Ford's compact car, which has attracted attention through its 350-horsepower engine and powerful all-wheel drive system. A decent presentation and moderate mileage complete the overall appeal of our candidates. However, sadly for sellers, this attraction did not extend to the $34,500 asking price of the car, and many of you denounced and condemned the 73% No Dice loss in the comments.
Now, although yesterday’s Ford was considered overpriced by most people, few of us would deny its purpose and desire factors. With such a car, you may know why you should buy it and what you will use it for. I want to know whether today's 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan can also reflect the same role and sense of mission?
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This is not to say that this is not a great car. These 90s Mercedes-Benz are the last old-fashioned products of the German car manufacturer, manufactured according to strict standards rather than prices. This sense of quality allows cars like the Pastellweiss tan leather version to appear in a beautiful and solemn appearance despite the age, the lives of three owners, and the cumulative driving of 145,000 miles. The question is, is this still special enough to overcome its old age and related lack of modern characteristics? We have to think about it carefully, but we must first consider the car.
According to the picture in the advertisement, this Mercedes-Benz is almost completely stocked, including the internal foot pads and the external 15-inch telephone dial wheel. Everything looks great, although the seller did notice a few scratches and bites on the body, as well as war wounds of age and mileage.
Surprisingly, the Zebrano wood and leather that decorate the cabin look like new. This is unexpected because both can show time and usage on these models. The seller said that everything in the cabin was in working condition, except for the ambient temperature display. Happily, the original Becker stereo main unit is still on the dashboard, completing the time warp appeal of the cabin.
There are more things to like about this W124 machine. The engine is a 3.2-liter M104 straight six-cylinder engine from Mercedes. The mill benefits from dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, which helps it produce 217 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. According to the seller, the gasket of the engine and the wiring harness of the car have been updated. Documents of works and receipts, as well as a lot of other paperwork, manuals, and various utensils are included in the sale.
The title is clean, and the seller said that the car provides a "very pleasant and comfortable" driving experience, and "the engine runs very smoothly and quietly." In fact, I would assert that this Mercedes-Benz Craigslist is as well-made as a car. This makes the E320 even more interesting. However, the question remains, is this car particularly worthy of consideration?
What would you use such a car for? Will you take advantage of its intended purpose and drive it every day until the sun goes out? Or will you use it as a display, to pull it out on special occasions and car and coffee events? This is the problem.
Maybe the price will help. The asking price is US$6,500. This is the mother bear, in the middle of the market today. It should be noted that the amount will buy you any number of new cars, any of which will provide updated safety and convenience features. However, those newer cars may not provide the same satisfying roar when closing doors as the E320, nor the solemn elegance that this Mercedes-Benz era seems to exude.
What do you think, is there such an E320 in the world? Is the price of $6,500 reasonable?
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