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1995 W124 Mercedes-Benz E250D Diesel 1yr MOT, 2 owners, 185k. Best left! REDUCED
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I believe that this is one of the very best W124 diesels left in the country.

22 Dec, 2013 15:17:26 GMT
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: I believe that this is one of the very best W124 diesels left in the country.
Reg. Mark: Get the Vehicle Status Report VSR Doors: 4
Interior/Comfort Options: Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Locks, Power Windows, Sunroof Mileage: 185,000
In-Car Audio: AM/FM Stereo, Cassette Player, CD Multichanger MOT Expiry: 10/2014
Year: 1995 Road Tax: 11/2013
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz Transmission: Manual
Model: E 250 Particulate Filter: Yes
Type: Standard Car Power: 118bhp
Colour: Black Seats: 5
Reg. Date: 24/05/1995 Drive Side: Right-hand drive
Engine Size: 2,500 Safety Features: Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Immobiliser, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts
Fuel: Diesel Exterior: Catalytic Converter, Tow Bar
Previous Owners: 2

Offered for sale is my Mercedes-Benz E250D E Class, 2.5 litre, 5-cylinder diesel with the W124 chassis. The reputation of this chassis combined with the normally aspirated chain driven OM602 engine should not need explaining, but if you want to find out more: is a good place to start, and (‘With some Mercedes-Benz 250D/E250D diesels exceeding 500,000 or 1,000,000 miles, it is considered to be one of the most reliable engines ever produced’)

Please follow this link for lots of photographs.

The important details:

  • 1995 ‘facelift’ UK spec, right-hand drive model with manual gearbox.

  • First registered in Germany 24th May 1995 - supplied by Hermann Lamparter GmbH & Co. KG (Mercedes-Benz), Freiheitsstraße 178, 41747 Viersen, to a British Army Officer stationed in Germany.

  • Owned by me since 18th June 2009.

  • I am the second owner, since 102,000 miles.

  • 185,000 miles - increasing as still in occasional use.

  • Current MOT expires 13th October 2014.

  • Current Road Fund expired end November 2013.

  • Full Service History from brand new. Mercedes-Benz to 99,253 miles, then serviced by me in combination with trusted independent or specialist garages, with large folder of bills to prove everything done. Has never wanted for anything.

  • Absolutely stunning, nearly rust-free bodywork that puts 50,000 mile cars to shame. You really have to see it, to believe it.

  • Immaculate interior with no tears, no smoke/pet hair, almost no wear at all.

  • Mechanically perfect - starts, stops and drives brilliantly. Good exhaust, 4 x matching tyres with lots of tread etc. I would trust this car to drive many thousands of miles with nothing more than routine maintenance.

  • Legendary reliability - nothing even approaching a breakdown in previous 83k+ miles of my ownership.

  • Bosch fuel pump, chain driven cam engine, manual gearbox. Toughness built in - no turbo, CDI, rubber cambelt or complex ECU to go wrong.

  • Lots of history and character - original brochure, supplying dealer paperwork in German, original toolkit, original unopened first-aid kit plus extras with ‘Deutsche Mark’ price stickers.

  • Superbly comfortable and cheap to run - 40+ MPG easily achieved, maintenance costs around 4p per mile to date. All those Dutch taxi drivers can't be wrong!


  • Infra-red remote central locking with full closure - hi-tech for the 1990s, and still works perfectly.
  • Electric tilt/slide sunroof (no leaks)
  • Electric windows all round
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric rear headrest recliners (!)
  • Blown-bulb warning system
  • Sensors for everything (no warning lights showing on the dash)
  • Original Becker RDS radio cassette player with 6 CD-autochanger in the boot. Works great, very period.
  • Electric retracting aerial (works perfectly)
  • Anti-Lock Brakes, driver and passenger airbags. This was arguably the safest car you could buy when it was new, and still exceeds many modern standards.
  • Power steering. 
  • Everything works perfectly. I would argue that this car has only the toys that really add value to the owning and driving experience.


I bought this car nearly three and a half years ago from a friend’s car forecourt in the New Forest. All I really needed was something reliable, comfortable and DERV in which to commute to my new job - I was covering around 500 miles per week, and had heard about the reliability of these cars. My friend’s dealership had bought it from an older gent who owned it from new. He was in the forces in Germany, and specified a right-hand drive, UK car but had it supplied via a German dealership. This means that the car wears some excellent original German stickers from the dealer, adding originality and character. On his retirement it was re-registered in the UK in 2002 and given an ‘M’ registration, reflecting the 1995 manufacture date, making this one of the last of these ‘proper’ Mercedes.

In the time that I have owned it has proven to be 100% reliable, superbly comfortable and economical. 40 MPG is a standard return on regular ‘city’ diesel, but as you are probably aware, these engines will run without any modifications on many alternative fuels as well. It draws far more looks and positive comments than any other vehicle that I have ever owned or driven and regularly prompts conversations in petrol stations by people who know these cars. This is a genuine reluctant sale - if I end up having to hold onto it, that won't be a bad thing.

Engine and running gear

This car starts, stops, and drives very well with no leaks, creaks, knocks or bangs. There's a little puff of diesel smoke on startup from cold, and that's it. I do most of the servicing work on our vehicles myself, time and tools permitting, but have paid to have more complex or specialist work done by trusted garages. Rather than going through the list, you can review each item during my ownership here. Naturally, everything’s backed up with a folder of invoices and receipts. I am happy to elaborate on any item if required. Mechanically, the car is excellent for its age and mileage. These cars thrive on long distances, and that is exactly what I have done in it. It’s no speed demon, but neither am I - I’ve got fast motorbikes for that. However, it easily and comfortably keeps pace with modern traffic. If you’re used to a modern Turbo Diesel, you’ll have to adjust your expectations, but if you want to go fast you’re missing the point. This is all about cruising around in comfort, in style, and with economy. I fitted a towbar and single electrics a while back to tow my gardening/tidy tip trailer as I don’t like the idea of putting rubbish in the car. I also had ideas that I would tow my bikes to track days, but that never happened. It hasn’t been used to drag anything larger around like a caravan, but with the torque on offer I’ve no doubt it would do it.

Bodywork and interior

Of the items listed for expenditure on this car, the one that should stick out is for bodywork restoration. I paid a known, trusted bodyshop to have the ‘usual’ rust removed from the front wings. At the same time, the bodyshop went around and carefully and skilfully removed nearly every other bleb of rust. As a result, this car is now absolutely stunning and genuinely turns heads. It was tidy anyway, but this work means that it literally outshines cars with less than a quarter of the mileage. There are still a couple of blebs that weren’t reached but you really need to look for them - a tiny amount around one corner of the sunroof (which does not leak at all), a tiny bit underneath one of the door handles (what an annoying place) and an equally small amount around the Mercedes emblem on the bonnet. Keep it clean, polished and ideally garaged and I guarantee that these will not get significantly worse for many, many years to come. For full disclosure, there is also an annoying door ding in the drivers’ door and the bumpers bear a few battle scars from my wife’s parking mishaps (these would be next on my list to resolve). I hope that I have done the car justice and been honest in this description. As it stands, the car would not look out of place or embarrass you at a classic car show, and is the cleanest W124 that I have ever seen in person. That said, please don’t forget that it is 18 years old, and has covered 185k (mostly motorway) miles. If you cannot tolerate a few stone chips, I would respectfully point you to the Mercedes dealership who can relieve you of £35k for a brand new E-class. I am pretty fussy, and I actually quite like the few marks that it does still bear - it shows that it is not some over-restored, absurdly cosseted toy. This is a true everyday classic, and has been used as such. The grey cloth interior is exceptionally clean and tidy , hasn’t been smoked in or had pets/children in extensively. It’s a lovely place to be with none of the ‘normal’ bolster wear - I have no idea how this even occurs. This interior just does not seem to age. If you wanted to, this car could easily be turned into an immaculate classic with a few straightforward jobs (bearing in mind I've done the bodywork for you) and then put away. I expect that it will only appreciate in value over the coming years, given its condition and interesting history.


As you may have gathered, I am a bit of a car/bike geek, and could waffle on about this car for hours. It is probably best that you come and take a look - I am in Collingtree Park, Northampton - easy to reach from Junction 15 of the M1. Finally, I suppose you might be asking why I am thinking of parting with such an amazing car? Well, these days I work from home for the majority of the time, or catch the train into London. As mentioned, I am fortunate enough to also own two motorbikes, which is arguably an excessive fleet for my low mileage. We have a Peugeot 206 runaround and a 4x4 for winter now - this great car just doesn't get the use that it needs. That said, if it doesn't sell this time round it's going into my new garage for the future!

This is a classified advert - I welcome you to come along and take a good look before making any offers. I am a nice guy and will not be offended if you want to take a look and haggle - I will respect that far more than email/text based offers if you haven't seen the car. I can provide lights, jack / axle stands and a decent cup of tea, but be warned, I love talking cars...


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