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Old 07-05-2009, 10:16 PM
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1992 MB 300E 4-Matic known faults?

I am looking at buying a 1992 MB 300E 4-Matic with 150K miles and looks to be in very good condition. How is the 4-Matic of that generation? Was it problematic or reliable? Does this W124 suffer the same ills with the evaporator, wire harness and the head gasket as the 94 and 95 E320? Alos looking at a 89 300CE. Does that year W124 suffer that same ills? The A/C fan was blowing soft, I couldn't get it to turn up to full. Is that the sign of the evaporator going? Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:46 PM
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The 4-Matic AWD system used in W124's is problematic. It will always give you trouble.

M103 engines do not have wiring harness issues.

Head gaskets can leak oil at any time. Just look around the head for oil leaks.

Evap leaks are the exception, not the rule, with these cars.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:22 PM
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Thanks, I will stay away although the car looks fabulous appearance wise. I'm not looking for trouble, thanks, Paul.
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85 300CD Signal Red/Tan sold
83 300D Manganese Brown 109K
97 E420 Midnight Blue 197K sold
98 BMW 328i Vert White 100K, sold
95 BMW 525i White 125K, sold
93 BMW 525iT Red 193K, sold
95 E320 Green Wagon 125K, sold
94 E320 White 127K, sold
85 300SD 156K Grey (Annie), sold
84 300D Lapis Blue 170K (Judy), sold
99 ML 320 Black (lease), 1998 C230 White (lease)
00 Honda S2000 Red (lease)
86 Mercedes 300E (sold)
84 Porsche 911 Red (sold), 1965 Porsche 911 White (sold)
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