Azurite Blue metallic, Grey leather interior, 4 speed automatic gearbox, factory air conditioning, driver and passenger airbags, front and rear headrests, front armrest, split-fold rear seats, fold-out child seats in load area, electric windows, electric tilt/slide sunroof, cruise control, walnut wood trim, roof rails, map pockets on front seat backrests, cargo net and luggage cover in load area, central locking, original 15” alloy wheels, radio/CD, rigid boot liner accessory, roof bars accessory, full service history, 162,000 miles.
We have a particular liking for the W124 estate cars as they are now firmly recognised as a classic model, but are such practical and usable machines that they will fulfil just about any purpose that a motor vehicle can be put to. We always have at least one in our personal collection for daily use.
They were very expensive when new, and were typically the chosen transport for the affluent professional classes in the 1990s. Unfortunately we don’t find many that are in the condition we would want to purchase these days as most of them have slipped into the wrong hands in recent years, led a very hard life, and are now sadly departed or well past their best.
This highly optioned example was supplied new by Cruikshank Mercedes-Benz of Bristol and has had 10 previous keepers, one of which we sold it to in 2011, and another who is a personal friend of ours. Since 2016 it has been our own personal car, but has only covered around six thousand miles during that period as it has shared duties with our other vehicles. When a nice W124 estate comes along we can’t seem to resist buying it, with the result that we currently have five! Common sense dictates that we need to thin them out, so this one is now available to a new owner.
It is what we would term a ‘daily driver’, which to us means that it has a few insignificant faults and blemishes, but nothing that prevents it from being a very nice thing to own and drive, and can be used for the daily round without the owner feeling too guilty. Having said that it is still probably in the top few per cent quality-wise of the small number of W124 estates that are still on the road.
The servicing regime has been excellent, with 24 stamps in the book over 26 years. Nine of them are from Mercedes dealers, 11 from independent MB specialists and the remaining four from non-specialist garages. There are many invoices on file from the last ten years for such things as new genuine Mercedes front wings, cylinder head gasket, front suspension arms, engine wiring loom, coil packs, hydraulic rear suspension struts and gearbox rebuild.
The car is very solid and looks lovely, the smart metallic blue paintwork providing a subtle and elegant contrast with the almost unmarked grey leather interior. It drives like a much younger car, with all controls tight and precise, which we believe is due to the careful maintenance it has received over the years.
We have carried out a comprehensive mechanical check in our own workshop. Any significant faults found have been remedied, and any required maintenance has been carried out. A schedule of this work will be supplied with the car, along with our own warranty, details of which can be supplied on request.