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Old 04-01-2002, 03:22 PM
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e420 94 vs 95

IS there anything in particular better or worse on these two cars? I am thinking of buying one and can't quite stomach the payments on the 97 or newer.
Thanks for you help!
Rob Armstrong, Charlotte, NC
Mountain Island Lake

2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
FOR SALE 1991 300TE 228k

2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
1986 560sl 200k Black/Palimino-SOLD
1985 300sd 340k-SOLD
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Old 04-01-2002, 04:43 PM
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As you may or may not know robaincltnc, starting in '94 (up to the completely redesigned '96 and newer cars) the E-class got a minor facelift of the W124 chassis with cleaner hood/headlight design as well as updated body-cladding. Some minor interior touches changed as well, but you'll have a very hard time seeing any differences between a '94 and '95 E-class. There were perhaps some minor options changes, but the engine, tranny, all major mechanicals were carried over as far as I know.

Being the last two years of production for W124 body-style, you're getting the most refined car for your money imho. I ended up with a '95, but would have taken a '94 without blinking, since they are virtually identical.

I can tell you that the power and smoothness of the V8 will not dissapoint! My only slated performance upgrade for awhile will be to "16 wheels as the stock "15 are a little soft for me.

- Ryan
'95 E420 - 'Shadowfax' 138kmi.
'92 Volvo 740Turbo Bard 193kmi
'74 240D - 'Ol' Green' 4spd Manual 104kmi. (sold )
'77 300D - 'Red' 223kmi (sold)
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Old 04-01-2002, 07:33 PM
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Location: Southern California, U.S.A.
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94's and 95's are identical.

The lower body cladding arrived for the 1990 model year.

The interior update and engine upgrade arrived in 1993. Yes, the 1993 300E shares the same interior and engine as the 1994-1995 E320 (3.2 liter M104 engine).

The 1994 model year arrived with the updated hood / grill, European style headlights and new blinkers, new tail lights, completely painted bumpers, and a new trunk lid with a chrome strip under the star, instead of the black strip.

1994-1995's also came standard with the 8 hole wheels.

The one main thing that you need to look at is the engine wiring harness if you plan on getting an E320. All engine wiring harnesses are bad on this engine from 93-95, and if the car still has the original harness, it needs to be replaced. Costs about $800.

Do a search on engine wiring harness and you'll read dozens and dozens of posts on this.
Paul S.

2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
79,200 miles.

1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".
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