Mercedes-Benz E-Class History (Part 2): W124
The W124 Series
The first officially dubbed E-Class Mercedes debuted in 1984 as the
luxury executive car. The executive cars had front petrol or gasoline
engines, offered with rear of 4-wheel drive. The W124’s were
manufactured from 1984 to 1995 and were built to last many miles.
The structure of the W124 was completely different due to the use of
high-strength steel, making the body harder and lighter than its
predecessors. The Mercedes-Benz W124 was a midsize vehicle that was
slightly narrower than the W123 series.
Features of the Mercedes-Benz W124
Similar in size to the Mercedes-Benz W123 series, the new auto in the
line had a slightly longer wheelbase and was approximately 200 pounds
lighter. The new E-Class models were gasoline or diesel engines,
offered as a saloon, coupe, estate or convertible. The engine options
of the new E-Class were 2.0, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 2.8, 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6,
4.2 or 5.0 liters with 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 or 32 Volts and 71 to 376 hp.
The transmission options were 4 or 5-speed automatic or manual. In
addition to the inline 4L, 5L, and 6L engines, Mercedes-Benz offered a
V8 option, installed with cylinders in the traditional V configuration..
Standard luxuries of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which were once
options, now included an alarm system, central power locking, headlight
washers and power windows.
In 1988, due to more severe American emission standards, Mercedes-Benz
introduced the 300 TE, which was the first gasoline-powered station
wagon, and the new stylish 300 CE coupe. In the final year of
production, the W124 series sported new grills, headlights, and rear
The Mercedes-Benz W124 Series was assembled in Bremen and Sindelfingen, Germany.
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