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Old 08-03-2002, 12:00 AM
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any issues to look for with 300 CE's or TE's?

I am contemplating a second Mercedes and I am interested in either a TE or CE. I like the look of the CE but I also like the versatility of the TE.

Any known issues with these models?
Probably be looking for late 80's early 90's TE and of course the same for CE. Was 92 or 93 the last year for the CE?
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Old 08-03-2002, 01:26 AM
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At $15,000 you are talking an older w124. Search for all the links on the 300e sedan (AC, evaporator, m103 valve guides, m104 head gaskets, OVP, worn ball joints, rear thrust and torque arms, complete records and good PPI report, etc.) For the TE, add the rear self leveling suspension bits. Also, they are often called a little 'boomy' on interior noise relative to the sedan. For the CE, the shoulder harness arm can be an issue. Any used car in the $15k range has potential repair issues, and MBs are no exception.

The 300E put on weight as the design aged (don't we all!). This link talks about relative performance of the various I6 engines and model years: 300E Performance Throughout the Years and Comparisons

If you want to approach the nimble character of your 190 16V, read up on ke6dcj posts in the archives and see how he made a killer TE for handling and acceleration. Michael and Glen should also have some tips in the archives - I believe they all 3 own wagons and 500Es, (Glen also has a 16V) and do track events.

For the CE, you will be paying more for that great looking body (Big Surprise!), and may not be able to find the cleanest example for $15k. You will get more bang for your buck on the TE, but don't rule out the early sedans for their value and upgrade potential- buy a clean one for $10-12 and replace the aging suspension bits with the Sportline suspension kit from this site, maybe some nice wheels and tires, possibly a decent stereo.

Maybe I can convince Glen to drive my early sportline sedan and write up a handling comparison to his 500E and his tricked out 16V

Good luck on your car quest!

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Old 08-03-2002, 01:33 AM
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JCE summed up all the issues to look out for.

The CE's were made until 1995, but the badge was changed to E320.
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Old 08-04-2002, 09:09 AM
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Somewhat off topic but, if any of ya'll run into a reasonable clean TE with tragic engine failure (or something that someone just doesn't want to fix) that can be had resonable, let me know. I want to get a base for a sleeper project, a KE 119 5.0 in a 300TE 124.

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