I have been offered a great deal I think. There are a couple of concerns I
Its a 1994 E500 with 70 k on the clock.
Bodywork and performance are both excellent. Actually the performance is
My first concern is fuel economy?? What is it like? The seller would
obviously say it was ok (I live in UK... 82 pence a litre, I think that
works out to be around $1.35).
Parts?? I have a E320 coupe currently. Is there a big difference in cost??
Fuel economy should be similiar to a 1994 SL500. The basic engine is the same
but as I recall, the E500 does have some changes to it's fuel injection which
will decrease fuel economy even further. You might look at the U.S. EPA fuel
economy numbers on a '94 SL500. I don't think they tested the E500. The EPA
website is <www.fueleconomy.gov>. I've read elsewhere that the mileage is
something like 15 mpg. At $1.35 per litre, you're looking at $5.13/gallon.
How much do you intend to drive the car? And many parts prices are much higher
than for your E320.
I average 20+MPG with my '94 SL500 (composite mileage romping around
suburban roads with short burst or two on the highway every now, pinning
myself to the seatback for yuks). Not that anyone contemplating an MB...
with a 5.0 liter engine none-the-less, should be overly concerned about
mileage... it's performance, performance, performance baby, and we only go
through this life but once (maybe! :o)
PS: I love that car, and will likely keep it for many more years!
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You need to be careful asking this is an international forum. The US
gallon is substantially different to the Imperial gallon. This means
you can get what looks like VERY scary mpg comments popping up!
Yes, the U.S. gallon is only 3.8 liters so the EPA numbers are somewhat
misleading. The Imperial gallon is 4.55 liters. My comment was that $1.35 per
liter was $5.13 per gallon (those are U.S. gallons). Conversion from liters to
Imperial gallons would result in an even higher price per gallon ($6.14 USD per
Imperial gallon). U.S. mpg numbers are pretty scary but so are fuel prices
above $6 per gallon and the net cost per mile remains the same.
I have a 2002 SL500 and typically get 20 MPG in mixed driving
and up to 24MPG on the highway (that's to a U.S. gallon).
I used to have a 98 SL500 and it did slightly better on mileage,
however the newer SL has wider, lower profile tires which probably
extracts a mileage penalty. The SL is a heavier car than the E500 so
I would think the E500 might do as well or better on mileage.
Expect the fuel consumption to be 16 to 18 litres per 100 km/h, depending on the
you drive, which would be some 15-20% more than your E320 burns
Yes, I think so. The E500 was more or less handmade by Porsche mating SL500
and axles to a W124 body. So many parts had to be customized to fit to a E500.
cars are not ultra-rare, but they are rare. If one of the special parts breaks,
expect to find a replacement on a salvation yard.
OTOH I once drove an E500 for half an hour - and I still dream about completely
crazy and buy one somewhere in the future. What a car!
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Ah Dori, remeber the link I posted a while back:
1. Get a W124 300TE
2. Get a slightly damaged 560SEL
3. Transplant engine (and then some...)
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