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Anyone Tow With A Mb W124 Estate?


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Does anyone here own/tow with an MB W124 Estate? (one of these, for these who don't know ;) )

 

I'm considering one (with a 2. 3 petrol engine) and was just wondering if anyone uses one to tow with, and what it's like.

 

Thanks.

Last caravan: 2005 Elddis Odyssey 540 with mover.

Tow car: Range Rover 3. 9 V8 LPG.

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I used to run a W124 saloon but that was before I got the caravan bug. I bought it with 20K on the clock, sold it with 166K on the clock. Had it serviced by a good, independant Merc specialist and was one of the cheapest cars to run I have ever had. (Only sold it when I aquired a CL420 - which was the most expensive!)

 

The March CC mag has an article by Danny Cobbs who is trying to put an outfit together on a budget. The car he has chosen is an E230 which is the model which replaced the W124 series. Should make a reasonable tug. I think the thing to watch out for on a W124 estate is if it has the self levelling rear suspension or not. If that is knackered, it could be an expensive fix. They all rust on the wheel arches because of the lip which holds all the mud, which nobody ever cleans off. The concessions to RHD were not great, the front armrest is attached to the passenger & not the drivers seat! That said, they are comfy, bombproof and cheap to run provided you avoid the main stealers.

 

Cheers

 

Keith

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If it is on any help, we used our E220 CDI Auto all last year to lug our Bailey Ranger 6 birth plus kids and very big dog up and down to devon and back and it coped realy well. An average of 24 MPG whilst towing and 34 MPG without the van on a run. we are changing ours this weekend for the ML 270 CDI Auto(only because we get bored very fast with our cars) so it will be interesting what MPG we get from the ML.

Our E class was the 7 seater advantguard so lots of toys and comforts and unfortunately the last of the old shape, the new shape has not got as much room for passengers or dog so we opted for the old one.

Shazjag, Hubby, 2 Kids, Swift Challenger 590SE 2014,

Mercedes Ml 280cdi SE Bristol

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We are changing ours this weekend for the ML 270 CDI Auto

 

Collected our ML 270 CDI Auto at lunchtime today. Finally retired the Disco!

 

I got low 30s with the W124, it had the 2. 8 engine but I did not tow with it.

 

 

Lots of info here

 

http://forums. mercedesclub. org. uk/index. php

 

and

 

http://www. mbclub. co. uk/forums/index. php

 

Cheers

 

Keith

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Hii Richard,

 

I have owned a w124 300d estate AT (as known 300TD) for 5 years. It has slightly less torque (190 nm) than 230E (205 nm) but practically they should perform smillar.

 

Good points:

-Very stable on towing (a heavy car with self leveling)

-Easy start on inclines (RWD and low ratio first gear/ this auto box normally starts with the second gear)

-Reliable engine and AT (250,000 km on the clock and the driver is relaxed so far)

-Good cruiser on flat roads and slight inclines.

-High towing limit (1800 kg)

-High hitch weight limit (85 kg)

-Cheap to run (as long as it had been kept well!)

-I love my car

 

Not so good points:

-Performance (needs gear changes on tow, on almost every hill but due to AT it is not much disturbing)

-MPG figures (~ 19-23 on tow/up to 35 single on high ways)

-Cooling system should be checked well (cooling on these cars are I think on the limits)

-(for me) I need a heavier car.

 

230E's are known to be a good mix of performance and consumption. It should be faster than mine (single) but thurstier on tow.

 

I have towed two different single axle caravans with mine . The first caravan was around 1300 kg when loaded.

My current caravan is a lot heavier than the previous. Infact I was surprised when faced 1760 kg (as fully loaded) on the bridge. The car was 1680 kg without me. Hence I take several pieces to the car and keep it at 1650 kg while towing.

 

I should say it is a very stable car on towing and the performance couldn't be better for such an age.

 

Self leveling should be a must. If you consider to buy a gasoline engine 280 or 320 E's are good choices with LPG. Some have differential lock which is good on snow and ice. I would buy it with AT, as it is a reliable box.

 

Regards.

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Hi Dogan,

 

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

 

I have agreed to buy (unseen) a 1994 E220 auto Estate (picture attached). I will be using it to tow, but only occasionally as my main tow vehicle will be the Disco. Most of the time it will be driving solo on the motorway.

 

Richard.

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Last caravan: 2005 Elddis Odyssey 540 with mover.

Tow car: Range Rover 3. 9 V8 LPG.

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Hi Dogan,

 

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

 

I have agreed to buy (unseen) a 1994 E220 auto Estate (picture attached). I will be using it to tow, but only occasionally as my main tow vehicle will be the Disco. Most of the time it will be driving solo on the motorway.

 

Richard.

 

 

It looks brilliant. I hope you will enjoy your car on solo and on towing.

 

E220 has a newer engine than 230E and better in many ways.

 

cheers

Dogan Boncu

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Hi Dogan,

 

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

 

I have agreed to buy (unseen) a 1994 E220 auto Estate (picture attached). I will be using it to tow, but only occasionally as my main tow vehicle will be the Disco. Most of the time it will be driving solo on the motorway.

 

Richard.

 

Richard. I towed for years with one of these. A 230TE as it happens and converted to LPG. With the 220 you will have a better engine with more power. The one pictured is known as a 'facelift' model with the later style bonnet and bumpers. Good choice. All W124 estates are fitted as standard with self-levelling rear suspension. These are prone to rusty pipes in later life and a good precaution would be to get them checked out and rustproofed if showing early signs. Where to check is up around the rear subframe where the pipes leave the spheres. The rest of the car is famously bombproof but there are a few areas known for rust. Primarily around the seam where the inner and outer wings are welded together along the lower edge of the rearmost side window (known as the 'cargo' window by Merc). Any bulging of the rubber on the inside fwd corner should be seen as early signs and treated. It's this leak that leads to rear wheelarch flange corrosion. Take the front washer bottle out and check around the large grommet in the inner wing that it sits on where rust can start. Only other spot is the front wing bottom corner just ahead of the roadwheel where the inner wing skirt rubs at the underseal and can rot through. Early prevention is 9/10ths. Check the operation of the windows. The regulators are known to wear out teeth.

Finally, I can highly recommend joining the Merc owners club which for £30pa has a great magazine and on-line forum for friendly advice on all things W124.

http://www. mercedes-benz-club. co. uk/

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Hi

 

yes i tow a Bailey Senator Montana with my W124 estate E300D. Makes a superb towcar and very stable. almost 200k on the clock now and going strong.

 

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Bailey Senator Montana towed by a Mercedes E300D estate (W124)

 

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As soon as I read the title of this thread I thought of you SilverSaloon - was about to mention you - then when I opened the thread you were staring right back at me!!

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