The W124 Mercedes-Benz cars like this 1995 E320 sedan are the last great German-engineered Benzes

The W124 Mercedes-Benz cars like this 1995 E320 sedan are the last great German-engineered Benzes

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good morning this is bill for mati Ropin Naples unlovely cloudy Saturday it's kind of nice to be in here when everything's quiet I got one of the gates closed I'm you know not being hassled by any of the any of the Detailers or mechanics or you know people around me even Little Richard the sales guy is out today so he's not crying about anything so it's just a nice day and I'm very very happy to have to bring you this 1995 Mercedes Benz III
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xx sedan this is a w124 platform it ran from an 84 85 ish through 95 96 ish depending if we're talking about Europe or America and it is undeniably one of the finest mercedes-benz products ever made and it really had to be because it replaced the w123 chassis cars if you remember those with the four round headlamps the diesels you know that was an epic car for Mercedes and this was a successor so it had to perform and it
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did it was penned by the very famous Bruno Sacco a chief designer at Mercedes he oversaw the production he's kind of famous for that body cladding on the bottom you see that there you know this one has the big euro headlights that came out in this third generation version it's got you know the 3.2 liter motor double overhead cams so it is the ultimate and final incarnation of what was truly truly in an amazing car from mercedes-benz this was the first car to
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wear the e-class badge you know I mean unofficially the 123 was an eClass but this was an actual badge 2e and the first of many more to come you could see the eight whole alloy wheel was very very attractive this thing's riding on very nice tires this was a great guy I took this in on trade I had to pay a ton for it they were so proud of it and they either needed an engine wiring harness which are expensive but I had to have it
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had to absolutely have this car I've always been a fan of the 124's I owned a 500 e that I gave up and I've regretted it ever since and you know I just haven't seen one in this condition in years absolute years the people who traded it they had bought it from their elderly neighbor when their husband you know her husband passed away and they used it as a condo car for a couple years put you know like four or five thousand miles over the course of a few years on it and we're just looking for
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something more modern but you know they knew what they had they you know knew that they had a sucker and me and yeah anyway here it is let's start inside the trunk you know this is one of the last real nuts and bolts Mercedes and you know by that I mean Mercedes by necessity had to become a much more modern car company you know they were sort of building you could call them stodgy over constructed heavy you know incredibly well-built
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Roman bank vaults for so many years and that designed from us if he just wasn't gonna carry them forth into the modern era so they had done lightened the cars they had to adopt you know manufacturing techniques essentially it's sort of an upscale Volkswagen sometimes not even upscale if we're talking about like a classes and such but anyway you know this was before that this is truly one of the last of the the real nuts and bolts wooden leather steel German Mercedes you can see the spare tire
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under there and look at the condition of the floor pans the jack still got the bag of tools there that's the original spare tire from the car there's a set of books over there mint man it is just such a time machine this thing the way none of this stuff has scratched up the light works the way all the panels are nice and tight they even the way that you almost have the full rubber cover stowing this is how you know essentially these the rubber stuff around this is gone on 99% of these to even see it there at all was
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miraculous but anyway this is just such a well preserved car and so nice to see now these things were widely used in the livery service particularly in Europe you'd see them as taxicabs all over the place so they have a nice big deep trunk plenty of room to put stuff and everyone's gonna be real chipper with the trunk space the way that maybe none the man this thing is such a time machine and look under the hood of that
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big hood star point in the way okay so under here was the second maybe the third gen of inline-6 they put in the w124 is what we'll call the second they bumped it up to 3.2 meters they made it a twin overhead cam one of the only true failings of these cars was they put these biodegradable wiring harnesses in them and they'd all go to crap fall apart and start giving you misfires and problems and pretty much everyone had to be done in fact it was really strange to
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find a car that still needed it and that's you know kind of a testament to the life this thing is mad how it's been very sheltered usually you know these cars that have a hundred hundred fifty 250 300 thousand miles that job was done you know decades ago so pretty neat to see you know one her I had to put the damn wiring harness in it which I did so it's you know it's brand new and perfect and if you look around here at the way the plating is the battery that you know none of this is degraded you see these
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things all you know corroded and nasty look at the original factory rust proofing and plating on the you know the accoutrements here again what an absolute time machine and from an era of Mercedes where you know it just was built different from everything else I'll give you an example of that now with the hood you see I bent that little pin back I'm gonna do the same thing here now on the other side and we can get the hood into
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what's called the surface position you know there just aren't many cars that do this sort of thing so when that hood is straight up and down like that it just makes it a piece of cake to get to the engine and work on stuff to do your spark plugs there in the back to you know get to any gaskets or valve covers or anything at all so you know it was that kind of stuff from the era of Mercedes when they were true nuts and bolts german-engineered workhorses and this was a car that was designed to go
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forever it was not something with a built-in shelf life that borrowed parts from companies and other places and source things this was a true luxury item and a car that's meant to be serviced and go on for as long as you want it to go on one of the innovations from the 124 is this wiper with this weird sort of eccentric joint at the bottom of it you can see it's a single wiper which is really really cool you get this put back down anyway so that one wiper spans the
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entire windshield of the car so it goes up comes out here to get wider it's a kind of a thing of beauty to see and miraculously they stay working the transmissions and them are apparently pretty good because I've never seen a 1:24 with the bad wiper and you just look at that thing and think man that's not gonna make it but it does you know look at the chrome up front you know jack is such classic Mercedes and for engineering and design the sudden lines
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very Teutonic you know the thing is incredibly slippery has a very you know fantastic drag coefficient despite it's sort of boxy appearance and that was you know part of the design back then they took this 123 and they made it very aerodynamic it's got weird stuff that you don't immediately notice like the stubby little mirror on the right hand side versus the long curse mirror on the left you know if I ever knew why that was I forgotten I'm sure it has something to do with vision and safety but yeah it's
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just neat you know there's neat little features on these cars you can see the trim is immaculate unusually clean this stuff is often oxidized and nasty looking all around here and you can just tell this thing's been in a garage since new absolutely epic also great that they put window tint on it because that really preserved the interior so underneath no rust no rust on the body none of the panel's again just an absolute time machine this car okay have
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a look inside now being a later w124 it has some really nice luxurious upgrades like they went from having this sort of perforated ventilated leather in the vinyl and the door panels to this lovely bunched up another look at the condition of the wood in this car and the switches you know these things can be on loose I've been in so many basket-case 124 it's just something of a miracle at this time to find one like this this is like a car that I would have found 12 years ago and you know would have thought
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fairly normal to find it today is just incredible it's got the twin airbag dashboard of course you know the car came out with a driver's airbag which was a bit of an innovation that came out with you know very safe crumple zones on it you know all kinds of great mercedes-benz stuff that you know they would put on cars before anybody else and then everyone else would follow suit and like beer bags the antilock brakes this 124 was the first car from Mercedes to have an
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all-wheel drive system they made it into coupes and convertibles and wagons and plant loved it anyway the original leather seats are exceptional beautiful parchment color no rips tears nothing nice perforation minimal patina just absolutely lovely ditto this leather steering wheel airbag beautiful these things can be all plated and nasty and beat to hell and that fact usually are so dead oh the hieroglyphics
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on all the switches if you look at you know the cruise control there the the wiper and high beam controls the headlight controls none of that white stuff is worn off from cleaning or wear use it's all been given a very light touch over the years and that would I mean it's positively glowing let's fire it up of course the door closes like a bank vault let's see what we got so we
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put that in there very traditionally everything fires tonight if it gives you that big German the u-boat is sinking buzzer for a minute but doesn't stay on long enough to become annoying he's not very tuned let's see what we got so okay there is a classic Mercedes oh I gotta show you this all right you see that flashing seatbelt thing man does that take me back to my youth I remember going to Europe with my folks as a kid and we'd get in these you know Mercedes wagons
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and I don't know why I was always fascinated by that overhead seatbelt warning thing anyway yeah I digress very classic mercedes-benz instrument cluster here's a good way to tell when you have an incredible example look how orange I'm gonna really zero in there because it looks a bit washed out of my screen but look how orange the the hieroglyphics are there where the kilometers are in the needles and the way it matches the needles when these
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cars get a little bit old and they've been out in the Sun first of all you get all this weird white moldy stuff that grows on the back plastic and then those needles they fade to yellow and eventually white the orange on the on the speedometer that fades to yellow and eventually white and it just looks like health or the middle liquid crystal display for the 10th gets all blacked out and nasty of course there's warning lights everywhere none of that on this car none of that I mean this is like getting in the thing when it's a year
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old and again just 43,000 miles on the clock you can see the steadiness of everything I mean oh god you're gonna have to pry this thing out of my hands the way it's built the way they put in these lovely cloth you know finishing things here with the plastic around the window frames these were very expensive cars because of those kind of touches and frankly they just don't do them anymore not not to the same level you can see the dash is perfection not a
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crack or a problem to be seen again the airbag replacing the the glovebox and this year look at the wood on this I mean that's real lumber you know that was made by Mercedes craftsmen you peel that off it as like you know hand printed markings on the back for how it was put together I mean they just made beautiful wood and it was a real distinguishing feature and you know 7.2 these cars yeah and you know in this rich wooden console or all
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of mercedes-benz classic you know hieroglyphic buttons here we've got a rear defrost this electrically lowers the rear headrests if you have them up this is recirculate for the air conditioner of course your hazards a little red dot there tells you when securities on this turns on the the rear lights you've got mercedes-benz you know hilarious climate control setup from back then it is this right again you know usually you see these things all
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that stuff spilling off um the buttons can be even white just wipe the holes from you know having been touched so many times these are again museum quality but there's your thermostat you can roll from cold to haunt your that's your front defrost this is you know these things they've never made much sense to me but I can tell you that this is vents front vents with the air compressor off that's AC front vents that's high and low front vents as well with AC you can have the automatic fan
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low fan - you know again this era of German car was just so cool you had to be a little bit you know tuned into it to know what kind of button you were pressing really really neat stuff and everything on this car was controlled by vacuum so these locks these are not electric when you push them down watch how the rear lock sort of trails a little bit behind it [Applause] I know it's so that's actually signaling a vacuum pump in the back which is
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vacuuming down all of the door locks the you know this works on vacuum the door locks work on vacuum Mercedes was big into their vacuum controls I mean the original Becker radio still in there the cassette still works got a little ashtray there for smoking you're not gonna find a cup holder in this car this is back when the Germans felt that drinking in your car was rude and not done very often you see this at a minimum it's all faded out cracked the
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clear coat on different colors I mean this is museum preservation on this car the leather shift knob the perfection of the the parking sorry the gear selector and you can see what shift to P when parking the card press brake pedal all that safety stuff came from when the Audi's were killing people if you remember that stuff so anyway gated shifter very classic Mercedes stow your power mirrors flip and move you got your
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here's another testament to how Mercedes built cars back then these window switches are rebuildable so you can take them out you can clean them you could replace little pieces in them and make them work again I mean not everyone does because you can buy replacements for nothing but that is the level to which these cars were designed to be serviceable now because this is a later airbag car it gets this little hump or it didn't use to have it with this still working still perfect Romer box on top very very cool also the center armrest
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has a storage spot a lot of people put their old Miami Vice phones in there up top you've got a huge power sunroof that works well got fantastic all right let's go for a spin you know I just can't come up with anything negative to say about this car the turning radius the engine you know the transmission the way it drives itself it drives so substantially of course it uses a recirculating ball
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steering system that sort of you know was a Mercedes luxury trademark back then makes the steering a little bit heavy but it does make it incredibly responsive and makes you just feel like you have this substantial beast under your hands got the suspension and the scores perfect it brought in a multi-link rear suspension struts in the front independent it just handled so beautifully it's so nimble for a heavy
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midsize about 220 horse out of that 3.2 so this this motor became quite substantial in this variation man what a nice card operate see if we're ever gonna get out of here and that you know that is again this generation of Mercedes even in 95 they had started to change you know a little bit that Lexus have come out it really screwed up Mercedes they had to really change the way they did business they had to change the way their cars were
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equipped you know this this from the time when the engineers were in the company and the accountants were locked in some basement downstairs and they threw him table scraps this car has not in any way built by accountants there was not expenses spared on this or oh if we D content that a little bit we can save millions they they put more in this car than it needed and they did it to make it you know a testament to what engineering can be and it shows and that's why the car ran for seven
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Mercedes generally doesn't keep them for a method model years but this car was just that good and truly truly one of the Mast real mercedes-benz products out there and in the way of again the nuts and bolts wood and leather true German engineering I mean the guys who put this car together we're very well paid West Germans you know make it a ton of money tops of their field incredible craftsmen incredible engineers incredible technicians you just don't have that
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anymore I mean you know what's really made in Germany anymore except some very strange pornography so very different when this thing came out this was the this was the real deal so anyway there it is I could ramble on about this car for hours and hours and hours and I just shouldn't but I love it I absolutely love it it's a 95 mercedes-benz III 20 sedan oh man is that nice w124 platform this is the
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final year of production for the United States so it is the last of the mohicans 43,000 miles it's a 2 prior owners you know one very long-term and one just for a couple of years while they you know figured out what to do with their condo car situation so jump on it there aren't going to be many more like this out there anymore there really aren't give us a call two three nine to nine eight eight thousand on the web at Mercedes there I go again that's the old website
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on the web at AE Naples dot-com thanks so much for having a look we appreciate it and we'll see you with the next one I do realize now that I did not show you the back seats which is ridiculous but we just spin around real quick so you can tell I'm not hiding anything and everything incredibly lovely and well-preserved back there as well so thanks very much and we'll see you next time you

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