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Old 08-24-2003, 04:15 PM
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300SEL(126) vs. E320(124)

I presently own a 300SEL... but I am curious as to how it compares to a E320. Is there a difference in maintenance? Which is better in maintaining and keeping? Gas milage? Durability, etc.? I am not sure if I would want to sell my car and get an E320... but am curious. Any input would be good.

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Old 08-24-2003, 05:55 PM
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The M103 is a pretty loose fit in a W126 so it's about the easiest modern MB to maintain. The very similar M104 is a more snug fit in a W124 but still not difficult. The W124 AC system is not as robust or easy to service. You don't hear as much about replacing W126 evaporators as you do W124 evaporators. And I believe that's a pull-the-dash job. There are trades to consider such as easy to replace motor mounts in a W126 vs easy to replace front rotors in a W124.

The W124 will get decent mileage where I think the 300SE/L gets pathetic fuel mileage. A 4 liter Lexus V8 gets better mileage.

The trade-off is between space and driveability. Any W124 is a sports car compared to the W126, but the back seat of a W124 doesn't give me a sense of luxury.

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Old 08-24-2003, 09:10 PM
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If you enjoy the large, ridin-around-in-your-living-room-feeling you get from the 300-SEL, keep it. Mine gets 20-22 mpg on the highway and it's there that these cars do best. As Sixto said, maint. on a 300-SEL is probably as simple as it gets unless you're driving something pre-1980.

If compactness and a zippier ride are your desire, check out the E320.
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