The Original 4-Door Porsche | 1994 Mercedes-Benz E 500 Review

There's a lot of confusion around the internet when it comes to the performance-spec W124 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. One version was tuned by AMG, the other was co-tuned by Porsche. We're looking at the latter, the 1994 Mercedes-Benz E 500 sedan.
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The W124 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is widely regarded as one of the best vehicles the German luxury brand ever produced, if not one of the best cars ever made period. It's legendary reliability solidified the W124 as a practical luxury vehicle when it was new, and still to this day as a solid choice for those looking for a classic daily driver. Over 2,500,000 W124 models were produced during its production run, but less than 11,000 came with the 500 designation.
Our full tour and review of this 1994 Mercedes-Benz E 500 is a comprehensive overview of this specific trim, and how Porsche and Mercedes worked together to create a performance-oriented four-door sports car to rival AMG's own Hammer. For North America we got the 500 E / E 500 for 3 model years, and only 45 were originally sent up to Canada during that production run. These W124s came fully loaded with only the carphone and CD changer being optional extras.
The E 500's legendary performance comes from it's naturally aspirated 5.0L M119 DOHC 32 Valve V8 engine which Mercedes developed for the 500 SL and asked Porsche to engineer to fit in the smaller E-Class chassis. Porsche was also tasked with tuning the suspension and ride of the W124 to make it perform better and handle the additional weight of the larger M119 engine. Mercedes also used the brakes from the 500 SL and later SL 600 to help stop the car, though many enthusiasts find that even those brakes aren't strong enough to stop the weight of this beast, opting for even grippier brakes off the SL 600 Silver Arrow.
Porsche helped assemble the E 500 as the Mercedes production facility couldn't accommodate the additional width of the E 500's tire track and flared fenders, and took 18 days to fully assemble one car.
Often confused with the AMG Hammer, both vehicles share the same W124 chassis/platform, though AMG's version took the 5.6L V8 engine from the 560 SEL S-Class / 560 SL roadster and bored out the cylinders to 6 litres, producing more power at the cost of additional weight. AMG at the time was not a subsidiary of Daimler/Mercedes-Benz but rather an independent tuning house. They'd buy a 300 E and custom build a Hammer out of it, giving it the designation E 60 AMG. A number of smaller version were also produces like the E 34 AMG for the Japanese market (shown in this video) and the E 36 AMG, also for European markets where engine displacements were typically smaller.
The rest of our episode of TestDrive Spotlight goes over the features and mechanical specifications of this specific E 500 along with taking it on a road test to talk about how a 25 year old car like this compares to the other W124s we've featured on TestDrive, along with the other E-Classes we've driven also. We discuss our impressions on the road for this vehicle being used as a daily driver and how it handles and performs by today's standards.
We wrap up our full tour and review on the 1994 Mercedes-Benz E 500 with a rundown of what to look for if you're in the market for this kind of car, including the common problems associated with the W124 and E 500 specifically, along with a quick buyer's guide for what to look for.
If you're thinking of owning a vehicle like this we strongly recommend joining one of the E 500 specific forums like www.500eboard.co, which is an active community specializing in this car.
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Comments

  • Marshal Dunnik
    Marshal DunnikYear ago

    I am the lucky owner of this vehicle. AMA.

  • 95cv95

    95cv95

    Month ago

    Marshal Dunnik are you selling it ???

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    @jmhellison In 1993, MB converted all models to the letter-number combination we still have today. Other than that, the MY 93-94's have 6 less horsepower due to increased emissions controls (but these changes can be reversed). Some other changes included: better Euro type headlights, a new stereo headunit, and some cosmetic changes, the most noticeable of which was the decreased size of the chrome grill and smoked taillights. As to how hard they are to come by, with a world-wide production run of 10,000, reasonably hard. Patience and luck is required. Visit www.500eboard.co/forums/forums/cars-for-sale-500e-e500-only.38/ to see all the E500E's currently for sale.

  • jmhellison

    jmhellison

    Year ago

    I'd love one of these how hard are they to come by? Is it possible to make it into a Hammer replica? Only downside is lacking power. Wonder if it's possible to engine swap something like the M156 into it. What's the difference between 500E and E500?

  • urgolf1974

    urgolf1974

    Year ago

    @Marshal Dunnik Anything ? Ok. Have you ever considered to paint it in "light ivory RAL 1015", to make it a fake german vintage taxi ?

  • Extroverted When You Make Me Comfortable

    Extroverted When You Make Me Comfortable

    Year ago

    Daniel L. Miotto lemme buy your it i have the dinky c230k :( rn

  • Shaman Shaman
    Shaman Shaman28 days ago

    Blue brake calipers on such a legendary car is just blasphemy!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    28 days ago

    I can't speak to what the owner decides to do with their own car, but I can suggest that you find one to call your own and keep the brake calipers original to your taste.

  • UltraTaco223
    UltraTaco2232 months ago

    8:27 are we just gonna ignore that the ceiling upholstry is all fucked up?? haha jk, same thing happened to my e320

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    2 months ago

    Seems to be a common problem with any of these older luxury cars. I need to fix the headliner on my 7 Series, it's getting really bad at the back.

  • Nemke
    Nemke3 months ago

    W124 and W140 are probably the best cars ever made.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    3 months ago

    Hopefully you can make that happen!

  • Nemke

    Nemke

    3 months ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Thats my dream car since i was kid, later i had chance to try s500. Now i want s600 for myself :)

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    3 months ago

    I've enjoyed the short times I've had in both of those generations. I'd still like to explore a W140 of my own.

  • random panda on the internet
    random panda on the internet4 months ago

    Brilliant and informative review... earned yourself a sub!!! Also, what is James doing on this channel???

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    4 months ago

    Glad to have you on board, thanks! I had been chatting with James about meeting up if he had some time while I was in Toronto and he came out for a couple hours. He's also why we got some cool rolling shots of this car! He drove the 2019 E-Class I had while I hung out the back window filming this.

  • Ph Vdberghe
    Ph Vdberghe4 months ago

    Don't forget the W124 E60 AMG...

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    4 months ago

    That's a car I'll likely never find to feature, but one I'd love to.

  • Riff Riff
    Riff Riff9 months ago

    I have a 500e from 1991 beast !!!!!

  • Riff Riff

    Riff Riff

    9 months ago

    Yess i do thanks very nice video

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    9 months ago

    Very nice, hold onto it if you can!

  • Kresien //M
    Kresien //M10 months ago

    please do a bmw m5 e34 review

  • Kresien //M

    Kresien //M

    10 months ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Great stuff - I cant wait!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    10 months ago

    It's on my list of cars to feature!

  • Frank Certo
    Frank Certo10 months ago

    Are Mercedes E500 or E420 safe vehicles for people who drive 25k miles per year? You mentioned the old air bags in car probably killing driver.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    5 months ago

    So long as you remember to never, ever put a small child or baby in the front seat - they should go in the back, even in modern cars - then you’re good to go. Don’t forget MB invented the airbag. Safety is in fact a major reason I bought this car. It doesn’t have side airbags but it does have a very strong safety cage. The W124 as a whole was one of the safest cars in the road. In terms of driver safety aids it has a 1st generation anti-slip (ASR) computer. All in all, it’s probably as safe or safer than several modern cars, especially compacts or smaller.

  • Frank Certo

    Frank Certo

    10 months ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Thanks

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    10 months ago

    Single-stage airbags could be a problem, that’s true. After doing the research on this generation I found they’re pretty reliable when you consider the age. I wouldn’t worry too much about the airbags though, you’re still more likely to die in a car without any than one with old ones like this.

  • Pavle Djordjevic
    Pavle Djordjevic11 months ago

    PRN_TestDrive good video on a Unicorn Sort of Car (In Canada anyway) These w124 500e Cars have been growing on me the most in the last while. MERCEDES Benz has such a nice catalog of classic Cars to choose from and really get into in a more involved sort of way. It’s like joining a group or club once you choose the right car for you and all of a sudden you discover that connection to the group especially with the AMG cars I’d say. On a different note I just want to mention something regarding the PRN_TestDrive presenter. You are great at your job. You are easy to follow, knowledgeable easy to listen to so keep up the good job. Please however start taking your health more serious. You are a young guy and should be able to loose a major amount of weight now before you get any older. It will be much harder the older you get and one day you’ll realize that you are as big as a house. Get on a good exercise program. Cardio and watch your calorie intake. Nutrition is important but can also be fun. Stay away from processed (everything) especially sugar. I wish best of luck with this and keep up the great video work you are a natural presenter.

  • skorpiius
    skorpiius11 months ago

    Very happy you are still reviewing some older cars. Just stumbled upon your Vigor vs Accord video and checked out the LS vs 7 Series. It's cool that you do a mix of new cars but also desirable old ones, please keep doing that! Subscribed.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    11 months ago

    We've love to do a lot more of the classic cars, it's just hard to find willing owners with the right cars to feature. We're hoping we'll have more opportunities in 2020!

  • ocerrr bt
    ocerrr btYear ago

    Hi PRN_TestDrive, Could I ask Which car you tested has the most smooooth ride? I want to buy an "old" luxury I watched your review about BMW 7, BENZ S , LS400 430, I figured out BMW is not as smooth as BENZ S or LS, but I really love the e38 looks, its slim lines. Witch is best between LS400 LS430, Benz w140 w220? Is different displacement rides a little different such as s500 and s55? I think you might test a LS460 as well that's comfort too. Is there any other cheap old car that could provide a smooth ride as well? Thank u the show is fantastic.

  • ocerrr bt

    ocerrr bt

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Thank U so much!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    It'll ultimately come down to if the car you're looking at has the original suspension (air suspension) or has been swapped with something aftermarket for reliability. I feel that any generation S-Class is the leader in overall ride comfort, all 3 generations we've driven have been insanely smooth on the road. The Lexus LS 430 would be the next closest, followed by the LS 400, and then the 7 Series BMW from that era. There's nothing wrong with BMW's ride, but the sport suspensions are usually a little firmer, but still incredibly smooth overall. As far as reliability goes I'd look at the Lexus LS 430.

  • Famous Name
    Famous NameYear ago

    in 2019, I step into my driveway and marvel with awe at the sheer beauty of my pristine smoke silver, (what Mercedes called "beige" at the time) 1994 E320 W124 sitting on Carlsson 1/6 wheels from 1993. So Imagine how I feel seeing THIS beauty!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Hold onto yours if you can!

  • Szaw Paw
    Szaw PawYear ago

    greetings from w124 2.5d 88r

  • Szaw Paw

    Szaw Paw

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive true that. 88y like new car. u can see that on my channel

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Diesels are the way to go for these if you want ultimate reliability!

  • Off Limits
    Off LimitsYear ago

    DER HAMMER!

  • Саня Actros 4140
    Саня Actros 4140Year ago

    124

  • Peter Lee
    Peter LeeYear ago

    My 1995 e420 rides smoother on the highways than my 2011 e550. This is why I have reinvested in it and drive it daily. W124 better than w212!

  • Frank Certo

    Frank Certo

    10 months ago

    Did Porsche also participate in building the E420?

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Hold onto it if you can! They can't just dont build them like they used to.

  • Matt Sivad
    Matt SivadYear ago

    This example is a far cry better tgan than Hovies. Absolutely stunning I am envious of the owner. Just pure class and sheer awesomeness

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Professionals have standards 😀

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Mostly because I didn't set out to Buy the Cheapest E500E in the Country :)

  • ray croal
    ray croalYear ago

    hey prn how fast did the e500 feel with the w140 s600 in mind was it as fast?

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    That S 600 was an incredibly quick car, but so was this W124. The owner took me on a quick spin back from filming the highway segment we filmed and it picked up speed like crazy. I’d say the S-Class felt quicker because of the added torque it produced, but honestly if you took both on a drag strip I think they’d be really close.

  • Bruno Begic
    Bruno BegicYear ago

    As soon as I saw that tattoo on your left arm I subscribed YNWA brotha'

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    😃😃

  • Youssef El Khouli
    Youssef El KhouliYear ago

    First content I see from you. Subscribed. Awesome channel!

  • Youssef El Khouli

    Youssef El Khouli

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive yes of course. I'd love to see one on the Mercedes-Benz SLC (C107) and which engine is best to get.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I'm glad to hear that, we're always looking for new subscribers! We have quite a collection of classic Mercedes & BMW episodes if you're into this era of luxury car.

  • Walter Elferink
    Walter ElferinkYear ago

    Snow chain Mode???? Read the Manual.... to able or disable ASR 😎wkr

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    It doesn’t disable it, it alters it. A common mod is to add an ASR defeat switch.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Right.... and limiting the ASR system is used when... you guessed it, snow chains are applied!

  • Sean Donahue
    Sean DonahueYear ago

    Great video!! My dad had a 86 560 sel back in the day

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Thanks! Very nice, we had the pleasure of featuring the same W126 560 SEL twice on our show, fantastic car.

  • MrBeboopman
    MrBeboopmanYear ago

    A beauty.... still. 😍

  • Михаил Иванов
    Михаил ИвановYear ago

    Всем владельцам Mercedes здоровья и благополучия ! 👍😎 Были W201,W140, теперь W124.

  • Greg S
    Greg SYear ago

    The 500e was built to challenge the BMW e34 M5, plain and simple. The wheels on this example are terrible. The aesthetics and fit are just too much. The rear wheels and tires are too wide and the rear ride height is too high, apparently a result of keeping the self leveling system.

  • Mikey George
    Mikey GeorgeYear ago

    The 500e was developed by Porsche, the E500 in this video is the post facelift version

  • Mikey George

    Mikey George

    Year ago

    Marshal Dunnik that’s what I figured. I also have a W124, not a 500 tho. I’ve got a 94 E320. Great cars

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Mikey George yes, M119, tweaks were made to the ECU and PCM for better emissions

  • Mikey George

    Mikey George

    Year ago

    Marshal Dunnik yeah I knew that. It’s the m119 right? I meant they made changes to it, not they changed the motor.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Mikey George you read correctly, 318 vs 322. But it’s the same motor.

  • Mikey George

    Mikey George

    Year ago

    Marshal Dunnik I read that the pre facelift motor made a few more horsepower

  • Tesseract
    TesseractYear ago

    Why are so many rotund men reviewing small cars??

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Why do so many ignorant people comment on someone’s appearance?

  • D R
    D RYear ago

    Hi , nice to see you after so long . Do you still owe the BMW ?

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We're always producing videos! Two a week for the past year now. I do have the E38 still, we should have a video on that coming out sometime before winter, more of a status update for the start of our project for it.

  • Andrey Paliy
    Andrey PaliyYear ago

    *hoovies garage has left the chat*

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    He showed up in the comments on the video we did last year on the 1997 Mercedes-Benz S 600.

  • Mr. Reese
    Mr. ReeseYear ago

    MB built a lot of wider vehicles than this one, just look at the R129 for example. Porsche was in a bad financial situation and MB actually gave them the contract to assemble the 500 to help them, amongst other reasons.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Yes Porsche was almost on the verge of going under. The workers left idle by the end of production of the 959 supercar were the ones who assembled the E500E

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    That's certainly a good point. Porsche was in trouble. To be fair though the SL-Class roadster was built in a different assembly plant designed for it.

  • gusto80
    gusto80Year ago

    @ 8:10 wtf was that, skinny guy outta no where?

  • Paul Santos
    Paul SantosYear ago

    Where did you guys shoot the beginning of the video? I did recognize some other parts like Kingston Road near Brimley. Work sometimes takes me to that area. Would have loved to see that car drive by. Excellent video by the way.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Filmed at Bluffers Park, the RC Harris Filtration Plant and Kingston Road.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We filmed all the exterior/interior shots and A-Roll at Bluffers Park in Scarborough. We tagged the location on the video, if you're watching anywhere but on a TV you can click through to see other videos from the area.

  • The Black Car Guy
    The Black Car GuyYear ago

    If you can't find or afford the 500E, the 400E is a good albeit forgotten alternative. Think E39 540i M sport to the M5.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Agreed

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Solid car also! Still a fantastic drive.

  • Bekir Karakulak
    Bekir KarakulakYear ago

    Cope up with the modern traffic? Are you serious? This car is considered too fast for today's standarts in even German Autobahn. I own 2 liter, 136 hp version of this car and i can say even it's power is more than enough for today's standarts.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Not bad at all! We did do a 1995 E 320 convertible a few years ago also. I think it felt better in terms of acceleration.

  • Bekir Karakulak

    Bekir Karakulak

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive firstly thanks for reply. I guess automatic transmission or lack of maintenance might be responsible for that sluggishness. 300e-24 or e320 should do 0-60 mph around 6-7 seconds. Mine reaches 60 in 10 seconds.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Based on most of the classic cars we drive, this one felt the most modern in 2019 traffic. The 300 E we featured years ago was sluggish, even the W126 560 SEL was a little slow getting up to speed. But this felt like completely different.

  • themanatlarge
    themanatlargeYear ago

    Throw some AMG Aero 3 piece wheels on that car, can't go wrong.

  • Rodrigo R.
    Rodrigo R.Year ago

    I never forget when I was 8 and my family went to an Italian restaurant. The manager (I believe) had the keys to a W124 300E that belonged to the owner and he opened up the car for me to see. I wish he could've started it too, but that was enough to solidify my respect and admiration for the Mercedes brand, specially their cars from that era, like the W124 itself, the W123 before it and the bigger brother W140. :) Even though it was 'just' a 300E, it was quite the sight here, since imports were so expensive and exclusive. Matter of fact, imports were prohibited here in Brazil between 1976 and 1990, when the ban was lifted. And funnily enough, a W124 300E was actually the very first car imported after the ban was lifted. Awesome review, thanks a lot!

  • Rodrigo R.

    Rodrigo R.

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Glad you liked it. :) Banned imports force the market to, as the Bear Grylls internet memes say..."improvise, adapt, overcome"! Hahah We made quite a lot of unique vehicles in the period...another interesting model family was the Miura... pinterest.com/pin/503488433324340235/

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Don't apologize for the length, I really appreciate the thorough explanation! Those Ford trucks you linked to are very unique, almost a cross between a van and a pickup, with a pre-Hummer sort of look to it.

  • Rodrigo R.

    Rodrigo R.

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Back in 1976, diesel cars were prohibited here because we depended heavily on imported oil, which generated a big deficit in our financial situation, so they went all out and pretty much banned imports of vehicles and other things, I think. You could still import vehicles under very specific conditions, such as if you had physical disability and wanted an automatic vehicle, for example...or if you worked on an embassy, you could bring any car from anywhere in that case. Hence why, despite the import ban, specially on diesel cars, thete were a few of these older Mercs from the era, W123's and W124's, even diesel-powered. Gasoline-powered too, they were very popular on embassies back then, and it's not difficult to find and purchase one of these Mercs despite the period...they just won't be cheap, but then again, nothing is really cheap here, everything is so expensive. :( From 1976 and 1990, if you wanted to buy an exclusive vehicle, you'd have to rely on small manufacturers such as Puma, Santa Matilde...which made " _fora-de-série_ " models...in literal translation, "outstanding" cars, low production, exclusive, quite expensive...albeit using as many off-the-shelf parts from common brands. Our market was dominated by the big four: Volkswagen (by far the most popular), Chevrolet (probably 2nd place), Ford and Fiat, pretty much they were the only companies here. These small manufacturers used engines, transmissions, parts like buttons, levers, etc for their cars. Hell, sometimes the whole platform was used from normal cars and converted to something more exclusive for those who wanted to stand out from the crowd and wanted something more exclusive than the top models from the big four, namely: * Ford Galaxie/LTD/Landau (major improvements over the US 1966 Galaxie), *Chevrolet Opala (based on the European Opel Rekord, but with Chevrolet I-4 and I-6 engines), then later the Del Rey, which was based on the Corcel, which itself was a major improvement on an old Renault project (!!!) * Dodge Dart/Charger/Magnum/LeBaron/Gran Sedan (all based on the American 1967 Dart) * Related to Fiat, we had the FNM JK 2000 and 2000 Ti, then later the Alfa Romeo 2300 and 2300 Ti4. There were other models in the 60's, but throughout the 70's and 80's, if you wanted to buy an expensive car from the major brands, these were the options. If you wanted more exclusivity, you went for the "outstanding" ones. Another choice was buying a car and have it transformed by specialized companies... Here's an example of what we did, in this case to Ford trucks: jalopnik.com/behold-the-beautiful-madness-of-what-brazil-did-to-ford-1794932201 www.ford-trucks.com/articles/bizarre-brazilian-ford-trucks/ EDIT: sorry for the long message XD

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Why were imports banned in Brazil during that time?

  • meihemi
    meihemiYear ago

    Minun auto saatana.

  • vdobrovo
    vdobrovoYear ago

    If I could have only 1 car in my life, it would be w124 500E....

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    The perfect mix of power & reliability.

  • Cliff Lee
    Cliff LeeYear ago

    I had one for a long long time. It was one of the most beautiful cars I ever had. The only one I wish I could have driven, was the E60. That car was safe for the time. It was built like a tank. I was able to easily take it 150-155 regularly.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    The AMG was and still remains one of the most interesting cars available. I'd love to have the chance to feature one.

  • Tarendra Nalvsamy
    Tarendra NalvsamyYear ago

    The more i watch this kind of videos, the more i fall in love with it

  • Tarendra Nalvsamy

    Tarendra Nalvsamy

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive both😉

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    The car or the video? 😀

  • youareinflames
    youareinflamesYear ago

    very informative and entertaining. if you could shed light on w201 190e that would be amazing

  • youareinflames

    youareinflames

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Actually, I am looking to buy one. I want190e more than 3 series maybe its because it has Senna associated with it or maybe its because its benz and the golden generation it was built. 1st time buyer so i'm a little intimidated, hence I was hoping if you could shine some light. love your channel btw, its good to see a Canadian automotive channel very informative.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    It's a car on our list to feature. There's one for sale in our town, out of the budget for this show to buy it outright just to do videos on, but we're looking for a W201 to feature!

  • SDBROOKS08
    SDBROOKS08Year ago

    I use to have a 98 E430. It was pure luxury power all in one 🤦🏾‍♂️I miss that car 😥😥

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I bet! Nothing feels quite like a classic Mercedes.

  • Krepaa
    KrepaaYear ago

    Omg that comparison old vs new mercedes, I found the old w124 to be much better looking!!!!!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We're looking more in-depth at the differences between those two on Monday!

  • Covid19 Virus
    Covid19 VirusYear ago

    Mercedes make the most beautiful cars

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Bruno Sacco was easily one of the best car designers of the time, almost every single car from this era from Mercedes is a masterpiece.

  • bitsin bu hasret geeell fış fış !
    bitsin bu hasret geeell fış fış !Year ago

    What a great review, the amg info was fascinating🥊

  • bitsin bu hasret geeell fış fış !

    bitsin bu hasret geeell fış fış !

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive man ı really enjoy your reviews!🥇

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We're really glad you liked it, thanks! I wanted to make sure we went over the AMG and 'Porsche' version to clear up any confusion.

  • 3v4761
    3v4761Year ago

    Is that a garbage can or an ice bucket????

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Both, I suppose. Something the PO put in.

  • 3v4761

    3v4761

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive thats a first

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    In the back? I believe that’s a trash bin on the back floor over the transmission tunnel.

  • Christophe Zydek
    Christophe ZydekYear ago

    I drive a 1993 W124 400E ( M119 V8 4.2L )..no problem keeping up with the 80+ MPH traffic on I95 near Boston...LOL ;)

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Very nice! I wonder if we spotted you on the road when we were in Boston a few weeks back. I was impressed with how many W123s I saw in Massachusetts.

  • 3v4761
    3v4761Year ago

    Somethings not right....what the hell is James doing here???thats not an even exchange!

  • 3v4761

    3v4761

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive you stole him....he was in the trunk....😑

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I just borrowed him for a couple hours 😁

  • TheEspenK
    TheEspenKYear ago

    0.56 Pre-facelift hood and facelift lights. Kind if amateur not to use proper representation for the 124, great when the cars are finished one way or the other

  • A
    AYear ago

    This looks sexy with those beefy tires on those deep dish wheels.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We love the look of this, was a real treat seeing it roll up for the first time with that agressive stance.

  • Virtuoso23
    Virtuoso23Year ago

    Like the car. Hate the rims.

  • Chaz G
    Chaz GYear ago

    I'm sold

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    So are we!

  • JensEausB
    JensEausBYear ago

    I have 2 E500 94 😄

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Nice! Double the fun!

  • Caudahy Hall
    Caudahy HallYear ago

    a piece of junk

  • Michael Broski
    Michael BroskiYear ago

    I love that you tilt the roof on all the cars. The only way to drive Euro

  • Kev27RS
    Kev27RSYear ago

    Awesome car! The actual 4-door PORSCHE back then was the AUDI RS2. 👍

  • Cameron Peralta

    Cameron Peralta

    6 months ago

    Nope it was the e500

  • Jasper DiLincoln
    Jasper DiLincolnYear ago

    These were when Mercedes was built like tanks and were reliable here in the States

  • wholeNwon

    wholeNwon

    Year ago

    Mine weren't!

  • Michael Hardy
    Michael HardyYear ago

    it's beautiful, except for the lack of offset on the rear wheels making them stick out. it looks wrong from the rear 3/4 view.

  • Moosa Kajee
    Moosa KajeeYear ago

    Had a E320 95 model Straight 6 24 valve motor. Absolute pleasure pushing a std 172kw. I used to call it The Bullet

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We drove that as a cabrio and really liked it. Solid amount of power with that motor.

  • Manuth Pung 007
    Manuth Pung 007Year ago

    damn dat boi thiiccc af

  • Rocco6161
    Rocco6161Year ago

    Baba Wagen alter

  • Rich Mahoney
    Rich MahoneyYear ago

    Great review big fella keep em coming boss and cool to see James from throttle house everyone hit that thumbs up

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Thanks! We really appreciated his help on this one!

  • Paul Kelley
    Paul KelleyYear ago

    Yeah my friend had one great car, but my 2008 e63 amg much much faster. I would say this car handles better than the 08 plus my 03 m sport e39 was better in the hills twisted turns.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Well yeah I mean any AMG, especially a newer one will outperform this. We have the E 53 AMG next week and even that would have no problem against it, but that’s not what buying a classic car like this is all about.

  • JonFarah
    JonFarahYear ago

    Giving taxi 1 vibes

  • dario djakovic
    dario djakovicYear ago

    That sagging peeled headliner has been bothering me now for hours.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    dario djakovic sorry, was trying to get that fixed for the shoot but couldn’t find a good shop and material in time. It’s getting fixed asap because it bothers me too

  • dario djakovic
    dario djakovicYear ago

    I have same car but 1993 model year 500E

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Very nice, hold onto it!

  • tzion115
    tzion115Year ago

    Old one looks sooooo mush better!!!!!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We love the look of this generation Mercedes!

  • Ace Report
    Ace ReportYear ago

    I told the insurance company that my vehicle was worth more money because of the specific “color combination” of my vehicle and there was silence on the other end... Afterwards, they increased the quote significantly. 🤑

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    As long as you’re properly covered it’s well worth it!

  • WOLF MUSIC
    WOLF MUSICYear ago

    If owners got any problem with w124 ask me @w_124_black_wolf

  • J JC
    J JCYear ago

    U drove up Kingston from the upper beaches to Markham road.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Jack Chung good eye

  • J JC
    J JCYear ago

    Is the owner of the 500 thinking of selling?

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Jack Chung he is not

  • J JC
    J JCYear ago

    Upper beaches?

  • J JC

    J JC

    Year ago

    @Marshal Dunnik the Upper beaches. I go there often with my wife for walks.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Filming done at the RC Harris Filtration plant and along Kingston Road. (edit: and Bluffers Park)

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I imagine so, I’m not super familiar with my Toronto neighbourhoods, but we filmed most of this around the Scarborough Bluffs.

  • WOLF MUSIC
    WOLF MUSICYear ago

    For sale my brother??? I wanna buy e500 wolf 🐺!! I have E420

  • WOLF MUSIC

    WOLF MUSIC

    Year ago

    PRN_TestDrive got you 😀😀😀 Like me 😂😂

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Never sell it!

  • WOLF MUSIC

    WOLF MUSIC

    Year ago

    Marshal Dunnik ooouuuuuu😔😔😔😔

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    RRRN RRRN not for sale, no :)

  • woodro blue83
    woodro blue83Year ago

    These cars are timeless this one looks really 👍good

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    We couldn’t have asked for a better example to feature!

  • Zooks
    ZooksYear ago

    I much prefer the boxy shape of the 80s and 90s mercs, volvos etc to today's styling.

  • Kev27RS

    Kev27RS

    Year ago

    @Extroverted When You Make Me Comfortable Nice

  • Extroverted When You Make Me Comfortable

    Extroverted When You Make Me Comfortable

    Year ago

    Kev27RS i have a 99 w202 that looks like a baby w124 just a little more rounded look

  • Kev27RS

    Kev27RS

    Year ago

    This is more 80's. The actual 90's E-Class was the W210. Design-wise you could even include the W211.

  • JMS JMS2
    JMS JMS2Year ago

    Ugly and overrated potential money pit: you can have it any day...

  • Из Гаража С Любовью
    Из Гаража С ЛюбовьюYear ago

    Диски ахуенные. Волчара вещь. Всем фанатам 124 привет ✋👋

  • justin henderson
    justin hendersonYear ago

    My 94 c140 coupe has THIS motor. Incredible💓 Cruised at 120mph to palm springs recently. 1 finger on the wheel.

  • justin henderson

    justin henderson

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive yes I love the m119 motor. NVR driven the v12. Kinda want one altho the maintenance scares me. My mechanic has a Mint 93 600sel with 340k miles. He has rebuilt it twice. That might be a good one to buy. Then I would have the coupe and sedan. First I gotta get my 95 s124 wagon dialed for my wife and finish the coupes lil problems and my daily 300sl fixes $$🙄 Love your channel and Passion!!!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I bet the S-Class would be incredible with this engine. The S 600 we did was a lot of fun, but the V8 feels like the right mix of power and efficiency.

  • perlewitzaudio
    perlewitzaudioYear ago

    Love this video and this car! However, something doesn't seem right about the performance of the car in the video. Not sure if you were really stepping on the accelerator that much, but under hard acceleration, the 500E should kick down hard and blast off in a symphony of V8 sound. It seems the 500E in the video was unusually slow and way down on power and barely kicking down a gear. Off the line, hard acceleration on this car should also be peeling the tires off with no issues.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    There’s only so much I’m willing to do in traffic along unfamiliar streets. Last thing we need for this show is unexpected speeding tickets. The owner pushed this car hard for me on our way back from filming and I guarantee it performs the way it should.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    perlewitzaudio the car is designed to start in second gear. And yes, all E500Es are down on power. It’s a 25 year old car. Probably has about 270hp today.

  • Igor Podrug
    Igor PodrugYear ago

    Side by side this E500 just has a nicer road presence compared to the new E class Mercedes. The old model here definitely wins in the looks department

  • Cameron Peralta

    Cameron Peralta

    6 months ago

    @PRN_TestDrive I see a lot of 124s where I live so I dont think anyone would look at it twice, but if it is in great condition and not dirty of course, you may get some looks :) especially if it's an e500/500e and/or an enthusiast who knows of the legend. I miss my 2003 e500 but I have a 2007 e550 now. Great cars. Hopefully I can pick up a w124 e500 before value goes up even higher

  • Kabal

    Kabal

    Year ago

    Igor Podrug Old Mercedes were always better than the new ones. Thats the time when mercedes built real Mercedes

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I agree! No ones going to bat an eye when you’re driving a 2019 E 450, but everyone will notice the 1994!

  • Freimopp777
    Freimopp777Year ago

    Brabus put a V12 (7.3) into a W124

  • Freimopp777

    Freimopp777

    Year ago

    @Trevor Rose the 3.6 also in the 190E . They put everything in what the customers wanted :) Väth, Calsson, Lorinser, Renntech and so on did smiliar engine swaps.

  • Trevor Rose

    Trevor Rose

    Year ago

    They also put a 3.6 6.0 and a 6.5 in there!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    That would be an exciting car to feature. I imagine it would be really heavy up front though.

  • Carlos Cardona
    Carlos CardonaYear ago

    Thanks for the vid. Grail car since i first knew what it was!

  • Carlos Cardona

    Carlos Cardona

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive achieved..and very well...great production...not to defame him..but (the smoking tyre)...Matt..all he does is talk about cars..drive them no outside or drive buy shots...you guys actually review and show the car in motion...great shots and detail....kinda like picking up an old road&track magazine...keep up the good work!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Same here! We wanted to make sure we cleared up any confusion on its history, I’m sure I confused it with the AMG at some point like some have.

  • Insert Name
    Insert NameYear ago

    Back when Mercedes made reliable cars

  • wholeNwon

    wholeNwon

    Year ago

    I had 2 and they were anything but reliable despite perfect maintenance. NEVER again!

  • Kabal

    Kabal

    Year ago

    Back when Mercedes was real Mercedes

  • Ali Mirza
    Ali MirzaYear ago

    My favorite MERCEDESBENZ channel with the best car brand in the world! The Best Or Nothing!

  • wholeNwon

    wholeNwon

    Year ago

    Better that they had chosen nothing.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    😁

  • Salvi Drip
    Salvi DripYear ago

    Big brother w211 E500

  • Salvi Drip

    Salvi Drip

    Year ago

    PRN_TestDrive oh but it will. The E500 is a beautiful car . Love the channel btw

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    The W211 E 500 we featured a couple years ago would be an interesting car to compare with directly, in terms of 0-100 km they might be close but this W124 will & is a classic, I don’t think the W211 will share that same affection down the road.

  • dario djakovic

    dario djakovic

    Year ago

    Not really. It faster then w211 and worth a lot more

  • Pat Rick
    Pat RickYear ago

    love this guy bloody best explainer doco!

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I really appreciate that, thank you!

  • Gleaves
    GleavesYear ago

    W124 unconditionally is the best car EVER made.

  • Gleaves

    Gleaves

    Year ago

    @wholeNwon don't know much about US versions so I can't say anything. The only downside of the W124 that I know is a KE-Jetronic, mechanical injection system, but it is presented only on several motors, others have electronic injection. Even though it's very reliable, it needs to be calibrated over time and there's not many good masters who can do it here in Russia. But I researched about it and did it myself and it keeps working fine for 3 years already.

  • wholeNwon

    wholeNwon

    Year ago

    @Gleaves No. I knew the service manager and a master tech and both said that my problems were typical and others a lot worse. I suspect that the US versions are different from the European and Asian cars. National owners' surveys of MB are poor in terms of reliability long term.

  • Gleaves

    Gleaves

    Year ago

    @wholeNwon im not lucky, it's better chance that you are not :) Because overall this cars are very good and almost all people say it. Maybe you just had a bad examples, but once you get a good smooth running W124 you will approve it.

  • wholeNwon

    wholeNwon

    Year ago

    @Gleaves You're very lucky. My company bought both of mine new and maintained them flawlessly. Still very disappointing.

  • Gleaves

    Gleaves

    Year ago

    @wholeNwon it depends on how previous owner of your car was using it. Of course if he just didn't care about it and never changed the oil, filters, e.t.c it will wear out very quickly. But if you take care of it it will serve you very long til the last day. Mine 200E produced in 1990, has 300000 kilometers on odometer and still runs perfectly to this day. Its body is also in a very good condition.

  • Fred Schriks
    Fred SchriksYear ago

    Ahh a 500E finally. Well E500.

  • Fred Schriks

    Fred Schriks

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Hehe i can imagine. Love mine still. ✌

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    It’s been on our list ever since we featured our first W124, I’m really happy we finally got to do it.

  • rANDOMdUDe
    rANDOMdUDeYear ago

    "mo powwa baby"

  • Thomas
    ThomasYear ago

    Great Job Niles...! I love that Car

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Thanks! We had a blast filming it.

  • E.B.
    E.B.Year ago

    So what's the cost to become a custodian of an E500?

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    An ultra-rare E60 based on the E500E is currently for sale in Europe for 200,000 Euros.

  • Gleaves

    Gleaves

    Year ago

    @E.B. in Russia you can buy a good E500 for around 20-25k.

  • E.B.

    E.B.

    Year ago

    @Marshal Dunnik 80k USD!!!! Didn't know it was soo expensive to become a custodian of a vehicle 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Eddie b anywhere from $10-80k USD depending on condition and mileage. Good examples can be had for around $25-35k.

  • smashervt
    smashervtYear ago

    Had a chance to buy that W124 AMG coupe. I regret not buying it. Would buy it now

  • smashervt

    smashervt

    Year ago

    @PRN_TestDrive Yea i know :(

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Prices for these are only going to keep going up, unfortunately for those who want to buy one now.

  • DIAMLER
    DIAMLERYear ago

    Holy shit thats gorgeous, the newest gen is such an unattractive sedan lol. Much prefer all the older gens. This 500 E spec js perfection, power rear sunshade is my fav option lmao

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    You can’t beat it! Such a difference when jumping between this and the W213. We’ll be publishing the Retrospective on that one next week.

  • adam forbes
    adam forbesYear ago

    That car has a perfectly designed classic car design that still looks normal today. Just swap in halogen headlights and newer style taillights, maybe some newer style wheels and tires and looks fine in 2019 if you ask me. Brilliant designer.

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I’d love to see a tasteful modernization of this as you mentioned, better quality lights would probably be it for me if I had it.

  • David da silva
    David da silvaYear ago

    Amazing 😻 i love my 1991 500e euro spec no sunroof

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    Nice! I believe the other 500 E we saw during filming this had a sunroof, but was originally from Europe. I assume Mercedes offered more flexibility for options in their domestic market.

  • V12S65AMG
    V12S65AMGYear ago

    I so love this car! they really are a gem! Finding one in a good condition with low mileage sure don't come cheap!, trust me, I've looked on mobile.de. If I didn't have my W220 S65 I would deff get myself one of these! PS: Sorry for me being a total asshole, but you really need to lose wheight! If I can do it so can you Nile! ! You don't even have to exercise, work out or run.... just eat less and drink more water! I've done it for 3 months now and I have lost 14kg (31 pounds) by just eating 2 (healthy, i.e: cooked vegetables, fish, chicken, meat; veal, lamb) meals a day and drinking water/tea/coffe. So get going Nile! You'll do your body and mind a huge favour!

  • Huss Salman
    Huss SalmanYear ago

    thank you Niles and James for making this nice epispde about one of the greatest retro cars I enjoyed watching it

  • PRN_TestDrive

    PRN_TestDrive

    Year ago

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm really happy James was able to come and help with some of the filming, we really couldn't have done those rolling shots without his help!

  • Anonymous User
    Anonymous UserYear ago

    What's the difference between the E500 and the 500E? Pardon my ignorance.

  • darryl Foye

    darryl Foye

    8 months ago

    Also if you look closely at the headlights the headlamp wipers point inward on the 94. 92 and 93 they point outward.

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Gustavo Zeefried the 1994, also has much better headlights. You can, as I have, fit the ECU from a 1992-1993 to restore the lost hp

  • Anonymous User

    Anonymous User

    Year ago

    @Marshal Dunnik Which of the two has clear lenses, a smaller grill, and 6 less hp?

  • Marshal Dunnik

    Marshal Dunnik

    Year ago

    Also, there are some cosmetic differences, like clear lenses and a smaller grill, and 6 less hp due to emissions.

  • Anonymous User

    Anonymous User

    Year ago

    @Marshal Dunnik Thanks.

  • T S
    T SYear ago

    i just have 200E :D

  • Gleaves

    Gleaves

    Year ago

    Same, great car but 200e lacks in power so much

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