My beloved 1994 E500. Where do I start? I have always adored German cars. One of my first cars was a 1986 Volkswagen GTI. First year with four way disc brakes! I learned out to drive a manual transmission on that car. They were like legos. I had other friends who enjoyed Volkswagens. Good times.

10/2/2006 the TV show Fifth Gear ran a segment where they took an old Mercedes-Benz 250D and put waste vegetable oil in the tank. It drove just fine. I found the bit on YouTube if you want to laugh. I was turned on by the prospect of driving on veggie oil and began to do some research. I found the Mercedes-Benz 1987 300TD to be the last year Mercedes-Benz station wagon brought to the United States that had a diesel powertrain. I bought one and fell in love. This W124 body style was visually appealing to me and to this day I have never owned another car that has been more consistently reliable than that 300TD.

I acquired this fine 1994 E500 around May 2010 with 108,000 miles. It previously lived in Hawaii, Connecticut and in Illinois before I had it shipped to New Jersey.  For seven years now I have taken lovely care of this amazing vehicle. Only driven in the summer. Lovingly stored in a garage for winter. I joke with people and say, “I have no kids, this is my baby”. Take a look at the Carfax from 2010 when I bought it, a much more recent AutoCheck, and even more photographs on this Dropbox album.

The E500 has Pearl Black exterior paint with black leather interior. There are areas where the paint looks magnificent but there are areas where it’s less than perfect. As you can see from the photos of the front of the car there is typical weathering one would see on higher mileage vehicles.

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Years Owned

Asking Price

The wheels are Carlsson 2/6 brilliant editions bought new in box July 16, 2011. They are a staggered setup 18x8 in the front and 18x9 in the back. The tires are Nexen N7000. 245/40/R18 in the front and 275/35/R18 in the rear with excellent tread life.

The Good

The car is mechanically sound. Suprisingly so. Sitting for the winter? Fires right up like it was driven yesterday. I have a file box full of receipts from the previous owners that includes all of the records and all of mine are digital. I have put over $15,000 into the car over the seven years I have owned it.

The Bad

The car has higher mileage and the next step would be to repair any imperfections with the body and respray it. If I were to keep it, that would be the next steps since the car is mechanically where I’d like it to be.

  • Surface rust (documented w/ photos)
  • Rock chips on front end
  • Some paint missing on the rear bumper
  • Cigarette box from rear bench broke off (I still have it)
  • Some plastic and vinyl is showing its age


  • NIB Mercedes-Benz Euro headlight glass
  • OEM Mercedes-Benz car cover


  • RENNTech first gear start valve body
  • RENNTech carbon airbox
  • RENNTech chip
  • Traction control delete
  • Carlsson 2/6 18″ staggered wheels
  • Pioneer MVH-P8200BT headunit

History Highlights

  • Rebuilt transmission with 2 year, 30,000 warranty (162,200 miles)
  • All new exhaust hangers
  • New radiator installed
  • Sway bar bushings replaced
  • NJ Inspection sticker no longer required
  • New radiator installed
  • New idler arm
  • New front suspension
    • Both sides struts, bellows, and idler arm bushing
  • New rear control arm bushing
  • New rear brake calipers
  • New rear brake pads
  • Brake fluid flush
  • New tie rod
  • Wheel alignment
  • (2) New 275/35/18 Nexen N7000 tires
  • (2) New 245/40/18 Nexen N7000 tires
  • Mount and balance
  • New battery
  • New rear self-leveling shock
  • New accumulators
  • Hydropneumatic suspension fluid
  • New front upper strut mount
  • New Mercedes-Benz headliner installed
  • Transmission mount replaced
  • Engine wiring harness replaced