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S-Class (W126) 1979-1991: 300 SE, 300 SEL, 380 SE, 380 SEL, 420 SEL, 500 SEL, 560 SEL, 360 SEC, 500 SEC, 580 SEC, 300 SD TURBODIESEL, 300 SDL TURBO, 350 SD TURBO, 350 SDL TURBO

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Old 10-29-2004, 03:11 PM   #1
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is w126 the "BEST BENZ" ever made ?

IF not what is ?
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Old 10-29-2004, 04:00 PM   #2
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Some think so. Its timeless design could also be called as a modern classic. I am happy with mine.
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Old 10-29-2004, 04:04 PM   #3
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Best all-around Benz I'd say.

So, I guess so.
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Old 10-29-2004, 10:51 PM   #4
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Tooooooo many people say so for it not to be true

W124 comes in close second pl.
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Old 10-30-2004, 07:48 PM   #5
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Best Benz

It's tough to beat the 126.

The other day I pulled up to a garage sale when I saw some tools. The man running the event just looked at the 126 and said, "we just don't make them like that anymore. Nice ride. "

He is a long term Mercerdes America exec with 3 company cars in the drive.

So we spent the better part of a half hour looking the car over. His wife didn't like being abandonned in the driveway while her old man talked shop.

What can I say? The best ride MB ever made??

Yeah
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:34 AM   #6
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I think depends on what car you really want. It comes down to wanting a full size cruiser or a mid size sport sedan, i'd take the W124 500E or the W126 560SEC so just based on that i'd say the top two evenly are the W124 and the W126...
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Old 11-03-2004, 08:42 AM   #7
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I'd declare the W126 chassis the best Mercedes-Benz ever made because it is full of positives and almost no negatives. As such, it is as close to "perfection" as Mercedes-Benz has ever come. Every other Benz has one aspect of it or another that people warn you about prior to your purchasing it. With the W126 chassis, such warnings are rare and that's a great feat. The W123s come close, but they have too many issues with rust over time and someday will all eventually disappear. All post 1984 M-Bs were treated for rust-proofing at the factory and as such are much less susceptible to rust. As we all know, 1984 was just in the middle of the production cycle for the W126. The W124 chassis is also very good, but that tiny size is such that I can't even fit in it. Plus, you can't get that indestructible 617.951/952 L5 Turbodiesel engine in it.
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Old 11-03-2004, 09:59 AM   #8
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All 80's cars rusted like crazy. I had a 1988 420SEL that I could stick my finger threw the frame! The W126 is one of the greats!
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Old 11-03-2004, 10:23 AM   #9
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Most of the time, for rust to get to those cars, they must have been involved in an accident or something that exposes the rust-proof layer applied from the factory. If the rust proof-layer is placed back, no rusting will occur. If not, as in most cases (most bodyshops don't even know this), rusting starts. MY '84 Euro 500SEL is a great example of one that was in a wreck and started rusting afterwards. My '84 300SD has never been in a wreck, was always driven in salty, winter roads but doesn't even have a spot of rust on it.
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Old 11-03-2004, 12:21 PM   #10
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From a maintenence standpoint it certainly is the best

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Old 11-03-2004, 07:17 PM   #11
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One time I parked the car next to a new Porsche Cheyene S and the old guy came out I asked him how he likes his ride. He said, "I like yours better, they are the best car ever made, I had two of them." then he added "they don't build cars like that anymore..."
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Old 11-03-2004, 07:52 PM   #12
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Most of the time, for rust to get to those cars, they must have been involved in an accident or something that exposes the rust-proof layer applied from the factory. If the rust proof-layer is placed back, no rusting will occur. If not, as in most cases (most bodyshops don't even know this), rusting starts
Not quite true. The 126 is well know for rust below and around the rear window seal. The rust spreads into the trunk below the rear window too. Not to mention, the bottom of the doors tend to rust around the drain hole, and the fenders are know to rust too.

I'd say the 126 is not even close to being the best Mercedes ever. The best Mercedes ever was most likely the 300 SL gullwing. The R230 SL is an amazing car too.
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Old 11-03-2004, 11:08 PM   #13
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So how do you explain the fact that I own two rust free W126s that have been in an area where cars rust like hell, like after 12 years car around here turn almost to rust dust as long as they are used in the winter months which both of my W126s were? Furthermore, I've never known about W126s having such a reputation for rust. I beg to differ there!
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Old 11-04-2004, 12:08 AM   #14
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You can beg to differ but it doesn't make my statements untrue. Do some research. These are known issues. Pretty much every 126 SEC has, at the very least, rust under the rear window. You probably park the car in a garage?

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Old 11-04-2004, 07:24 PM   #15
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What can I say? You were right, I was wrong... NOT REALLY. Did I just not read carefully, or what it really that no one mentioned in all those search results you posted link to, that rusting was a problem on a W126 sedan? Could it be a problem with the coupes? Perhaps a problem that occurs due to the material used to provide extra support for the rear part of the coupes (due to the absence of the D pillars)? I definitely know what I mean when I say my cars aren't rusting. And yes, my 300SD has always been garaged all its life. But it has also always been driven on salty roads. However, my 500SEL hasn't always been garaged. Results are the same for both vehicles.
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Old 11-04-2004, 07:34 PM   #16
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no rust here

My 91 has over 200,000 miles from Houston to New York

No rust -- even near the windows.

Now if I could only say that about my 190 ... ( both great cars.)
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Old 11-05-2004, 10:42 AM   #17
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I have seen way to many rusty W126's. They also all seem to rust in pretty much the same spots:
Under the rear window, usually hidden by the gasket.
The doors rust around the mount holes for the plastic panals.
Between the front bumper and fender their is a gasket that can hold water and start rust.
The front fender also likes to rust out under the corner light. (thats a strange spot)
Wheel wells tend to get rusty.
And don't forget to check the front sway bar mounts. Pay carefull attention to the passangers side. Battary acid can start some nice rust in their!

I recomend removing and cleaning under the battary tray every few years.

And lets not forget the jack points, but all MB love rusting down their!

They tend to be better then most 80's cars but you still have to be carefull.
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