Because Ebay does not recognize European VIN, I listed the car as a 1980. Please note that it is a 1991 model year.
This is a very rare European W124 Mercedes Wagon Diesel 5 spd manual transmission with excellent working AC and cruise control. Please note that the designation “TD” means Touring Diesel and NOT Turbo Diesel
I purchased this wagon in France this past spring after searching for one for over 8 months. Those wagons do not come up for sale very often in Europe since the people who own them just keep them… The majority of the few that are for sale are complete rust buckets, have a half million + miles on them, have mechanical issues, do not have AC or suffer from all of the above !
So I felt quite lucky when a friend overseas told me about the sale of this wagon. It checked all my boxes: Not rusty, reasonable mileage, non turbo (I did not want to have possible head gasket issues as most Turbo Diesel do), working cruise control, mechanically 100%, excellent interior, etc..
Looking at the condition of the interior, it is very obvious that this car was well taken care of by its 2 known previous owners and was most likely garaged all of its life; the dashboard is perfect, the wood veneers is not faded nor cracked, the original carpets were protected by Mercedes floor mats, the non-US cloth seats have no rips or tears and feel firm, etc..
Even with the somewhat higher mileage, this wagon runs extremely well and feels solid just like a classic Mercedes should. It is quiet, comfortable, track straight without vibrations or foreign noises and uses little fuel. The engine always starts on the first crank and does not smoke at all, either at start-ups or under accelerations. The brakes are strong and the shifting of all manual 5 speeds is precise. The clutch engages nicely.
This wagon has absolutely no issues whatsoever. I have been using it as a daily driver for a month and have put 700 km in it with a mix of highway and city driving.
Inside, everything is fully functional, front power windows (rears are manuals), power mirrors, cruise control, and excellent air conditioning with a steady temperature out of the vents between 43 and 45 degrees.
In anticipation for the sale the following work was done in the past 3 weeks:
- Oil and filter change (synthetic oil)
- New primary and secondary fuel filters
- New air filter
- New brake hoses (all 4)
- New ignition switch tumbler
- New wipers front (Bosch) and back
Furthermore, I have some receipts from overseas going back to 2005 for regular maintenance but also more recently (2013 and up) for a clutch master cylinder replacement, new ball joints, new radiator, alternator, flex disk, etc.. Also, this early 1991 model year did not come with the troublesome wiring harnesses (1992 -1995). All 4 tires are Michelin Energy Saver and have at least 50% thread left.
Parts are readily available in the US either through Mercedes directly of via auto parts stores. Those vehicle are known to be bulletproof, as used for taxis all over the middle east, and with this car’s mileage, it has proven to be reliable and will keep on going for a long time. I actually envy the new owner who will put tons of miles in it !!! It is a fantastic drive …
The car was legally imported in August of 2016 under the 25 year old NHTSA exemption rule. This car is absolutely legal in the US and is sold with a valid Florida title.
Please note that because this is a European car, the odometer and speedometer are in km. I will leave the original Euro plates on the car for more authenticity.
This classic wagon is ready to go now in comfort, silence and smoothness. If you are like me and like to drive something different with great fuel economy, robustness and style, then this W124 diesel should be on your list. It is an ideal reliable daily driver for long commutes with plenty of space. I would categorize it as an upper quality driver.
Although, this Mercedes wagon diesel presents very well, it is still a 25 year old vehicle, so please do not expect a new car. Scratches and light wear is consistent with the age and mileage of the vehicle. I show the few areas in the photos below with the only rust spot being at the edge of the left front fender, right at the juncture with the bumper. A long scratch can also be found around the rear right quarter panel and unfortunately it appears the right front fender was “keyed” (about 6” long). The front bumper has a small crack where a low speed bump happened as shown on the slightly bent panel behind it (not visible when hood is closed). Those small cosmetic issues do not distract from the overall excellent presentation of this car.
I welcome viewings and inspections in Orlando, FL by appointment only. More detailed photos & videos are available upon serious request.
I have set what I believe to be a reasonable and realistic reserve on this rare and desirable wagon diesel and I am open to smart, true and serious offers. Do not waste my time with ridiculous offers.
Please have funds ready prior to committing yourself with the purchase. I take my listings very seriously and expect the same from you. Furthermore, because of the rise of non-paying bidders now prowling on Ebay, I reserve the right to cancel any bid / offer I find suspicious.
You are welcome to contact me via Ebay to discuss any other details not mentioned in this listing or to make an appointment to see the car.
I NEVER charge bogus dealer fees and your winning bid is the actual purchase price.
By law, Florida residents will have to pay sales tax. Buyers from out of state wanting to drive the car home will have to pay their county’s sales tax rate in Florida and show proof of insurance prior to driving out. No exceptions can be made. Again, State law…
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