Which 2007 Mercedes models are the most reliable

Taxi with 800,000 kilometers: used car test

When the mileage makes you dizzy, old taxis are usually involved: 470,000, 521,000, 646,000, 803,000 ... An armada of light ivory-colored old cabs with such mileage can be found in the price cellar of the Internet exchanges. And we want to know how the endurance runners are doing. Just messed up, contaminated scrap? Or a real alternative for bargain hunters?

16.750 €

Mercedes-Benz E 200 Avantgarde, diesel

106,052 km
100 kW (136 hp)
05/2013

To the advertisement

Diesel, 5 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 129 g / km *

17.490 €

Mercedes-Benz E 200 TRO Elegance, diesel

112,352 km
100 kW (136 hp)
08/2015

To the advertisement

Diesel, 4.6 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 121 g / km *

17.890 €

Mercedes-Benz E 200 Avantgarde, diesel

86,592 km
100 kW (136 hp)
05/2014

To the advertisement

Diesel, 5 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 129 g / km *

17.980 €

Mercedes-Benz E 220 T Avantgarde, diesel

145,130 km
125 kW (170 hp)
05/2014

To the advertisement

Diesel, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 132 g / km *

18.490 €

Mercedes-Benz E 200 Blutec Avantgarde, diesel

100,000 km
100 kW (136 hp)
11/2014

To the advertisement

Diesel, 4.6 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 122 g / km *

18.900 €

Mercedes-Benz E 220 T Avantgarde parking package, diesel

114,004 km
125 kW (170 hp)
09/2016

To the advertisement

Diesel, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 129 g / km *

18.900 €

Mercedes-Benz E 200 T Avantgarde 7ATG, petrol

142,421 km
135 kW (184 hp)
04/2014

To the advertisement

Petrol, 6.4 l / 100km (combined) CO2 152 g / km *

47574 Goch, Daniels GmbH

52349 Düren, CarNext.com DE GmbH Düren

47574 Goch, Daniels GmbH

01139 Dresden, Hescher car dealership

04849 Bad Düben, Heinz Kühne GmbH & Co. KG Bad Düben

84503 Altötting, Burghart KG car dealership

86529 Schrobenhausen, Peter Praunsmändtl GmbH & Co. KG

We roll up in style in the private 200 TD from 1991. The 124, as the series is called internally, was THE TAXI in Germany for many years and is still considered indestructible today. In fact, our smoky silver T-model already has 509,000 kilometers on the clock. "Nobody can do that today," says photographer Christian with certainty. Is that so?

Mile manipulation? If so, it happens later

Complete history, good condition - at first glance you would think of this E 200 d as 100,000 kilometers. It's actually 412,000 km.

We roll up the first dealer. The old taxis stand close together in the high weeds. Even if they were able to find their way through the sheet metal labyrinth, private customers spoiled by the glass palace would not dare to venture even one step onto the property. We are served competently and honestly. Mile manipulation? The seller points to a three-year-old E 200 d T. "It now has 412,000 kilometers on it. What is supposed to be filmed there?" In general he justifies himself. "The fraud only begins after us. Most of the cars go to Eastern Europe, where they are then repainted and refurbished and sold to private customers. But certainly not with the real odometer reading." (Overview: Everything about the Mercedes E-Class.)

Driven around the globe more than a dozen times

Large capacity taxi, shuttle? However this Vito was in use, it had plenty to do: 521,000 kilometers are on the clock.

You can almost understand the cheaters. The black station wagon runs perfectly. Seats and steering wheel make a decent impression, at most the slippery brake pedal rubber betrays the grueling continuous use. Apart from a few cables growing out of the side of the dashboard and the economical analog instruments, nothing reveals the cost-oriented commercial use in the first life. The black Vito, which has made it around the globe more than a dozen times at 521,000 kilometers, has seen even more of the world. Judging by this, the "TEX" leather covers and the body are still quite young. The only 211 that we still see is a 2007 E 200 CDI with 531,000 kilometers for 1950 euros. The positive dealer image only gets scratches during later internet research: All vehicles photographed are offered online with 30,000 (E 200 d T) to 80,000 kilometers (E 200 CDI) less than actually. This can happen with one vehicle, with so many there is a system behind it. That alone is not yet a fraud, but for those interested with a long journey it is more than a nuisance and absolutely dubious. We don't even get to the square at the nearest dealer. When we see our camera, they push us back out of the yard. Too much hype is not good for business.

Only the Toyota Prius is a real Mercedes alternative

Not bad, we're drawn to another candidate anyway. At Faizi Automobile, a ten-year-old E 200 CDI is waiting for a new owner. Odometer reading: 803,000 kilometers! Do you still buy something like that? "Sure," the boss is certain. If only because a replacement engine came in at 580,000 kilometers. "With 223,000 kilometers it didn't even run in properly," he says. The boss is more critical of the VW taxis on his premises. "The TDI often cause trouble with the dual-mass flywheel, the gearbox or the electronics after just 100,000 kilometers. A VW barely gets over 300,000 kilometers." The boss also sees the rare competition from Citroën and Dacia as "not designed for the high loads in the taxi service". Only the ToyotaPrius seems to be a real alternative. "Change batteries at some point, otherwise they have nothing." But his favorite is Mercedes. The star is still unbeatable in this industry. Such a discarded Benz is a savings tip for brave screwdrivers. We'll stay with the 124 anyway. At least for the next 500,000 kilometers.Conclusion by Malte Büttner:Do not be afraid of long-term runners who are flat tires in backyards! With a little screwdriver talent and willingness to take risks, your own Benz lures you for little money.


* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the "Guide to Official Fuel Consumption", which is available free of charge at all sales outlets and from "Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH" (www .dat.de).