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Old 14th September 2020, 15:39   #16
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Call me old-school (and maybe one of the minority), but I find the old alloys(?) looked nicer. Still, the newer ones grows on you - from the first picture that you posted to the last one, I was already starting to like them.
The original wheels are steelies + hub caps.
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Old 14th September 2020, 16:34   #17
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This is one stellar looking car. Congrats for addition of such a looker in your garage. Any mods planned for the interiors
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Congratulations on owning one of the most iconic & legendary cars ever sold in India. Your W124 is going to our homepage today .
Thank you for such an honour. I'll be adding some more posts on rolling restoration and maintenance of this car.

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Congratulations man! You picked the right car. I have interacted with Viraat on WhatsApp and know his passion for the W124. I am sure he will be happy after reading this thread, there is nothing better than seeing your car in the hands of an enthusiast. Good job on the lower springs, they have changed the stance completely. Happy mile munching with the W124.
Thanks! I would'nt have dared to buy a W124 had it not been this car. Euro spec springs plus Sportline shocks are perfect combination. Its not aftermarket(Eibach or H&R) kind of low and it doesn't scrape or compromise driveability on rough roads.

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Congratulations for this beauty my friend !

The small and subtle modifications you had done looks perfect and classy for the car.

Every now and then I convince myself by saying "OK, Stop searching for a W124 to buy, this is not the car for 2020."

But man, some people like you keeps buying and rule the roads with it, and it again fires up the desire to own a W124!!
Thanks! Mods are minimal. I didn't want it to be overdone.
Buy a W124 only if you have enough passion & time to fix gremlins and have a really good FNG. Ownership won't be a fairytale but trust me it will be very much rewarding.

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That's a great look for the W124, classic yet modern. Congrats on the new ride.
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Congratulations on the new ride bamaboy. The car surely looks killer with the new rims and suspension changes.
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Fabulous! I know exactly what you mean by it feeling analogue. I so want an analogue car in my life. Congrats!!
Thanks! This car has a completely different feel and character.

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https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attac...419_104846.jpg

This pic says it all..... A Superb car with an enthusiast.
May you enjoy the car for a long time to come.
Thank you!

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Rahul bhai, so happy to see you here. I never made a thread about my car, yet here it is!

Thank you for taking such good care of the car, it always makes me happy and I know that I did the right thing.
I'm lucky to have a friend like you. This thread is straight from the heart.

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Wow!! You picked the perfect ride and the perfect upgrades!!

The last couple of pics were ABSOLUTELY droolworthy and easy to ga-ga over!!

Absolute best mix of the vintage, lineage, ride and most minimal upgrades to make it 2020 ready! Wish you lots of great miles in this fab ride!
Thank you! I wanted this car to be Mafia spec. Perfect car to flex on the streets.

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What a lovely thread to start Monday morning. Took away all the blues from it. The car looks epic and have subscribed to see further upgrades.

I hope you will make it Gangsta spec Only thing I would suggest is to get a darker shade on wheels ( matte black or anthracite).

Cheers!
Thanks! Gun Metal Grey is a very good option. I like Hyper Silver more. Contrasts to the body colour and forgiving when dirty.

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Thanks for penning this down - that's a beautiful car and it has aged so well.

Call me old-school (and maybe one of the minority), but I find the old alloys(?) looked nicer. Still, the newer ones grows on you - from the first picture that you posted to the last one, I was already starting to like them.

Btw tivia moment - that Auto India image has an interesting bike comparison

Hero Honda Splendor vs Bajaj 4S Champion vs Enfield Diesel!

I wonder how that comparison fared!
Thank you for your kind words. Old wheels are steelies with plastic caps. I have retained them. Alloys indeed grow on you and looks better in flesh.

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Congrats mate, one of most beautiful nerds we had in india and with superb engineering, TELCO days. Wishing you happy ownership with the iconic MB.
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This is one stellar looking car. Congrats for addition of such a looker in your garage. Any mods planned for the interiors
Thanks! Interior is all original Black Leather. No more mods required. I will cover them in future posts.
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Old 14th September 2020, 18:37   #19
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Following parts were replaced :
- Tie Rods (Meyle)
- Ball Joints (Febi-Bilstein)
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Congratulations on your project car. If at all, I have learnt one thing about DIY on old German cars esp. BMWs, Mercs, replacing a new part in the suspension components will only solve half the problem and probably not the root cause. Because, the other half which one have to keep in mind is How you replaced the new part. Because, the workskop manuals provide a very detailed way in which you have to preload the car, while tightening the suspension components and in most cases a wheel alignment is absolutely necessary after replacing critical components connecting the upright. Hope it was taken care of in your case.

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Heartfelt thanks for starting this thread. Just saw the photo on the homepage and immediately i subscribed the thread. Did it even before reading the second line. Right from my school days this car has always stayed with me. While cycling to my school every day i used to see a Bright Red W124! Would somehow manage to be on the right time on the road to see the red beauty everyday! What a timeless shape it has. Someday i want to own one that is what is making me go through all the threads of this lovely car. Congratulations! Really appreciate and happy that you could fulfill your dream of owning this beauty. Now let me savour the pleasure of reading about one of my most loved cars.😊✌
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What a beautiful machine.
Could you share more pictures of the interiors please?

Also, if you could add a cost sheet, on how much the vehicle cost + the total set of upgrades till date. Will help us dreamers plan for the future.

Keep it running, and keep clicking as many pictures possible.
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Old 15th September 2020, 00:49   #22
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I profoundly remember my Dad showing me this cover of Auto India magazine featuring Mercedes-Benz W124 E Class way back in 1995 and telling me "One day, I'll buy this car.":

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Now that, sir, is a beauty! The W124 is one of the most timeless Mercs in my mind and yours looks stunning!

I am torn between the stock steelies and the alloys! The steelies complement the "tank like" build quality of the W124 (like the steel discs on a Harley Davidson Fatboy) and the alloys give it a propah-gangsta look!

Enjoy the car and keep us updated with more pictures of this timeless beauty.

Cheers,
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Old 15th September 2020, 15:17   #23
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Congratulations on your project car. If at all, I have learnt one thing about DIY on old German cars esp. BMWs, Mercs, replacing a new part in the suspension components will only solve half the problem and probably not the root cause. Because, the other half which one have to keep in mind is How you replaced the new part. Because, the workskop manuals provide a very detailed way in which you have to preload the car, while tightening the suspension components and in most cases a wheel alignment is absolutely necessary after replacing critical components connecting the upright. Hope it was taken care of in your case.

Cheers.
Thanks! You are correct. I've got the arms and suspension tightened on the ground(not on the lift). Also alignment has been done thrice since March 2019 with every update. Alignment data for Indian spec W124 and Euro spec W124 are different. I'm currently on European W124 alignment parameters.

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Heartfelt thanks for starting this thread. Just saw the photo on the homepage and immediately i subscribed the thread. Did it even before reading the second line. Right from my school days this car has always stayed with me. While cycling to my school every day i used to see a Bright Red W124! Would somehow manage to be on the right time on the road to see the red beauty everyday! What a timeless shape it has. Someday i want to own one that is what is making me go through all the threads of this lovely car. Congratulations! Really appreciate and happy that you could fulfill your dream of owning this beauty. Now let me savour the pleasure of reading about one of my most loved cars.😊✌
Thank you for your kind words. I wish you good luck finding your dream 124.

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What a beautiful machine.
Could you share more pictures of the interiors please?

Also, if you could add a cost sheet, on how much the vehicle cost + the total set of upgrades till date. Will help us dreamers plan for the future.

Keep it running, and keep clicking as many pictures possible.
Thanks! I've spent overall around 5.5 lacs till now. More pics coming up.

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Now that, sir, is a beauty! The W124 is one of the most timeless Mercs in my mind and yours looks stunning!

I am torn between the stock steelies and the alloys! The steelies complement the "tank like" build quality of the W124 (like the steel discs on a Harley Davidson Fatboy) and the alloys give it a propah-gangsta look!

Enjoy the car and keep us updated with more pictures of this timeless beauty.

Cheers,
Praveen
Thanks! Wheels do change the stance and character of this car.
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Congratulations!
This surely is one of the good looking classic cars.
But somehow I personally like this car with those old stock wheels caps with big Mercedes logo. Now that they have been changed to after market alloy wheels, I suggest you change the Hub caps to the one's having Mercedes logo, something as shown below.

Young Gun Classic - My 1996 Mercedes-Benz E220 (W124)-71uvt1oktzl._sl1500_.jpg

Keep updating the thread.

Cheers!
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More updates on brakes, headlight and paint restoration coming.
Beautiful car Bamaboy! It looks stunning riding on the Lowered European Suspension height and those wheels. Kudos to you and BHPian Viraat13 for maintaining it so well. All I feel it needs is the Wheel Caps to be changed & a mild paint-restoration job. Please keep this thread updated as you progress on with your ownership.
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Lovely looking W124 !!

Mine is presently work in progress hope to share a few pictures soon.

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Congratulations on the W124. Looks absolute gangsta. Reminds me of movies with Russian mafia. Don't mind me, but looks really droolworthy.
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Kudos for your hard work and passion. Its stories like these that make tbhp experience worthwhile.
How silent/refined is engine as compared to modern diesels and petrols?
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