The Mercedes Benz E-Class series is known worldwide for its stylish and durable cars backed by top-of-the-line automotive engineering. As a matter of fact, older E-Class models are currently used as taxis in various countries because they are easy to maintain, durable, and quite spacious. One of the variants sold under this series is the Mercedes Benz E300D, a diesel variant first introduced under the Mercedes Benz W124 model.
1985: The W124 entered the market
The W124 was introduced in 1985 as a replacement for the W123 model. A mid-sized vehicle backed by state-of-the-art engineering, it was built to last many miles. For durability and dependability, the front suspension was built with a rubber top mount and a separate damper and spring. As for the rear suspension, it was equipped with a Mercedes multi-link axle. Most of the engineering techniques used in designing and building the W124 were considered high-tech at that time, making the W124 a symbol of innovative German engineering.
1994: The "E-Class" name was introduced
The E-Class series name was officially introduced in the US market in 1994 when a face-lifted W124 version was launched. Under the E-Class, the E300D referred to a model equipped with a 3-L diesel engine. The E300D name designation was officially used starting in 1994 to reflect the change in Mercedes Benz's naming system. Vehicles designated as E300D units were considered the most fuel-efficient options among the various E-Class vehicles. Aside from a fuel-efficient engine, the E300D variant was also known for its innovative safety features that were introduced by the W124 series. Among these features were its angular body that can withstand a certain amount of impact, a driver's side airbag, seat belts that could be adjusted according to the passenger's height, and electronic-mechanical seat belt pre-tensioners for front passengers. Specially designed foot pedals and door arm rests designed to absorb impact also made this model a pioneer when it comes to automotive safety.
1996: The E300D as a W210 variant
In 1996, the W210 replaced the W124 model. Under this model, an E300D was included in its product lineup. However, this variant was only sold from 1996 to 1997. Despite having short production years, the E300D variant continued to cater to buyers looking for a fuel-efficient yet highly reliable E-Class vehicle.
The E300D today
Because the E300D is a fuel-efficient vehicle that's also spacious, old units are now utilized as taxi cabs in various countries such as the US, Malaysia, and Singapore. Parts are also affordable and easy to find, making maintenance an easy task. Because of its stylish exterior, solid built, and durable components, this variant continues to attract second-hand buyers looking for a reliable Mercedes Benz that's oozing with an old-world charm.