Technical characteristics of the Mercedes 124 – recommendations for the selection and maintenance of a car Mercedes 124
Mercedes 124 Overview, Service and Specifications
The debut of Mercedes cars in the 124th body took place in 1984, its characteristic feature was minimalism in the exterior decoration, represented by a “lonely” janitor and a characteristic “hewn” luggage compartment. For a long time after the release of the 124th, conservative fans of German cars scolded and did not recognize the new body created by designer Bruno Sacco, but with time he even fell in love with him and when the new body came out in 1995, many true fans immediately appeared who did not want to change 124 Mercedes station wagon, sedan, convertible and coupe for the new model. And today, after all these years, the 124th Mercedes does not look obsolete.
Specifications Mercedes 124 received excellent, as befits such a legendary and eminent brand. If the suspension is working, then on the go this car is above all praise. The suspension is soft and easily absorbs small bumps in the roadway, and reacts to large bumps more noticeably. A given direct car Mercedes 124 station wagon holds well, and responds to steering turns clearly and smoothly. The 124th front suspension is represented by MacPherson struts, where on each side there is one ball bearing. As for the rear suspension, it is multi-link and it costs significantly more to maintain, so if you constantly drive this car on bad roads, the owner will have to sort through the suspension every year.
Good technical characteristics of the 124th Mercedes are emphasized by impeccable brakes: excellent drive information and high efficiency allow you to clearly calculate the braking distance. The only drawback is the ABS system, which works somewhat rudely and has been installed regularly since 1987.
The engine range for the 124th body was offered varied, and there were no bad engines. Great fame and popularity at the time received Mercedes 124 diesel. The entire line of diesel engines at the time of the release of the 124th body was considered the best, the engines significantly exceeded the competitors’ engines in reliability and power. The main secret of their longevity is good fuel equipment. The fact is that Mercedes 124 diesel engines received in-line classic fuel pumps, which were distinguished by good durability and reliability. But in comparison with them, gasoline power units do not show any special miracles of reliability, however, their overhaul costs as much as it does for other foreign cars. As for diesel engines, they can go up to a million kilometers with proper care.
Gearbox on Mercedes 124 cars: automatic or mechanic gearbox. Until 1992, cars were mainly equipped with four-speed manual transmissions, which have a lot of levers, rods and bushings in the drive structure, which tend to wear out over time. By the way, it is impossible to pour regular grease into the “mechanics”, since it requires special ATF oil, which is used by the automatic transmission Mercedes 124.
As for the Mercedes 124 automatic transmission, such units were designed and created by designers and engineers of the Mercedes concern, they tend to switch speeds slowly, but they do it without jerks (of course, in good condition). According to mechanics, the more powerful the engine is installed, the higher the likelihood that the automatic transmission of the Mercedes 124 will fail, and its repair is quite expensive.
When buying an old Mercedes, you need to check it by the VIN code. The fact is that many owners of such vehicles, especially in Germany, change the appearance with the help of the trunk and hood covers, lighting equipment and bumpers in order to refresh the exterior, but when they sell it later they will give the 124th for the E-class. Therefore, if in doubt, be sure to check the VIN code at authorized dealers.
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