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Published on Oct 29, 2009
W124 is the Mercedes-Benz internal chassis-designation for the 1984 to 1995 version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and all versions of the SsangYong Chairman. The W124 models replaced the W123 models after 1985 and were superseded by the W210 E-Class after 1995.
The W124 is a mid-sized luxury vehicle platform. Due to the high cost of German engineer-build-quality, the W124 was designed to last many miles, with awards actually given and worn by high mileage versions (150k, 500k, 1,000K). This unique characteristic of ownership explains the surprising number still on the road 14 years after the last one rolled off the assembly lines. Cost cutting became critical in the mid/late 90s as the "no expense spared" over-engineered Mercedes-Benz models with a solid construction and the use of quality materials struggled to sell against mass-build Japanese high end cars.