For what its worth...
I just returned from a 10 day trip to Denmark and northern Germany, where I was very surprised to still see loads of approx. '88-'95 w124s all over the place, in emaculate condition. Way more than w210s. Germans generally unload their cars even sooner than Americans do, especially when new models hit the market.
To me that was really saying something special about this particular platform.
the new 211 E was quite ubiquitous as a taxi than private purchase...for the moment. It sure looks nice.
1995 MB E320 Wagon
2001 BMW 530i
2007 MINI Cooper S (!)