The W124 Mercedes 500E was the world's most perfect sedan | Revelations with Jason Cammisa | Ep. 05

15 apr. 2021
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There are a lot of misconceptions about the Porsche-built W124 Mercedes 500E, and Jason explains why the 500E and E500 was NOT a Porsche sports sedan with a Mercedes badge. First off, there's not a single Porsche part on the car.
Porsche Engineering Services helped with reengineering the W124's engine compartment to fit in the 32-valve, 4-cam M119 V-8 - for both the 400E and the 500E.
But the 500E doesn't use the same V-8 as the 500SL. It needed shorter connecting rods so that it fit in the same physical space as the 4.2-liter 400E - this way only one structural variant needed to be produced.
The 400E was a response to the Lexus LS400. Why do you think it wasn't called a 420E?
Porsche also did the engineering to bolt up wheels, tires, brakes, and suspension components from the wider and heavier R129 500SL and W124 500SEL. That necessitated fender flares so wide that the 500E didn't fit down the regular W124 production line in Sindelfingen.
For both models, Porsche performed the physical modifications to Mercedes-built W124 chassis, and sent them back to Sindelfingen for paint. The 400E remained there, but because of its width, the 500E was sent back to Porsche, which assembled the 500E at a second Zuffenhausen factory.
With Bruno Sacco's revolutionary looks, aerodynamics, obsession with safety, and Mercedes build quality and engineering might, the W124 was certainly among the best (and most expensive) sedans in the world.
Still is. It's close to perfect. But it's not a Porsche Sports Sedan.

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  • I would 100% agree if I didn’t own the coupe version... Really such a great looking car from every angle!

    Matt's GarageMatt's Garage15 minuten geleden
  • Loved my 1990 300E.... great car. The giant V8 in the 500 looks like a complete bear to work on.

    Trey ScudderTrey Scudder2 uur geleden
  • Nice video, thanks. I, myself, drive W124 3.2 Sportline 1995.

    Jason GoweserJason Goweser5 uur geleden
  • *cough* LS400 *cough*

    Clayton BridgesClayton Bridges6 uur geleden
  • Well you say "500E over cornered M cars" dear Jason, I watched Keiichi Tsuchiya (a.k.a DK) killed 500E with a 3.8 E34 M5 on the track. I agree W124 is a legendary car which 500E is even more legendary but E34 M5 is a better "sports car".

    Ozi YılmazOzi Yılmaz11 uur geleden
  • That grain filter on all the old footage looks really bad

    Simon ArdforsSimon Ardfors11 uur geleden
  • Jason, this is content you were born to create. Poor man’s Ryan Reynolds anyone? + as an enthusiast who came of age in the 90’s this car remains a pinnacle and I will boot myself for not buying one for 20k with 40000 miles

    J MillsJ Mills13 uur geleden
  • lovely driving this masterpiece

    ghetto journalist tvghetto journalist tv14 uur geleden
  • I worked at a Mercedes Benz dealership for over 19 years (starting in 1988). The500E was an awesome car and fun to drive. The video says no Porsche parts, but I remember standing at the parts counter as they ordered transmission parts from Porsche for a 500E. My friend who still works there had one. He always floored it when we went to lunch. Good times.

    Edward KokolEdward Kokol14 uur geleden
  • Gave the thumbs up just for the title

    alan Qtrmainealan Qtrmaine16 uur geleden
  • Thank you Mercedes-Benz for lobbying ($$$) U.S. congress in '88 and passing the Vehicle Safety Compliance Act.

    xnreyescjxnreyescj23 uur geleden
  • I love boxy car design

    Ghoosh WenGhoosh WenDag geleden
  • Two words Vauxhalls lotus carlton.

    Andy HillsAndy HillsDag geleden
  • Perfect in the making, also for your mechanic

    Terence ChengTerence ChengDag geleden
  • My Dad had the 300E 1986, He bought it brand new , This car is indeed the perfect 4 door sedan, built like a tank, straight 6 engine, german engineering at it's finest, very comfortable ride, My dad donated the car in 2015 with 267K miles . Lots of memories

    Cesar AbrahamCesar AbrahamDag geleden
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    Tony Curtis BlondellTony Curtis BlondellDag geleden
  • Cute dressing gown.

    Simon FSimon FDag geleden
  • Mercedes was the best by miles and miles ahead of anyone Now you can argue about it being still the best, but barely

    Mohammad Al FattalMohammad Al FattalDag geleden
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    Gene SmithGene SmithDag geleden
  • Great film. 400E and 500E are still gorgeous even today.

    Siddhesh MhatreSiddhesh MhatreDag geleden
  • Very good video

  • No airbags. Instantly obsolete.

    no taboosno taboosDag geleden
  • Mercedes today..Bring your wallet for repairs. Lexus reliability is far superior than Mercedes. If you love having your wallet raped. to FIT IN with the Mercedes and BMWs....and that is just for them to scan your vehicle with their special scan tools.

    LoneWolfSigmaLoneWolfSigmaDag geleden
  • Perfect? That old automatic transmission alone makes it totally impossible.

    PistonburnerPistonburnerDag geleden
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  • what if you got a popped tire? what then?

    marshallluckymarshallluckyDag geleden
  • I could not stop watching, very good job !

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  • It’s Right up there with the GOAT - Lexus Ls400

    josava1josava1Dag geleden
  • Very enjoyable video. Glad it came out of no where to Me. Feeling confident sitting in my Sprinter!

    Tim Tv PleaseTim Tv PleaseDag geleden
  • My all time favourite W123 and W124

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    gRosh08gRosh082 dagen geleden
  • I don't dispute its a great car, but really Mercedes fan boys.. You have to give credit where it's due, Porsche designed and engineered the engine and portions of the body, only Porsche and Audi has the most Le Mans wins, this engine won the PE Mans because it's a Porsche engineered engine not Mercedes. Between Merc, Audi and BMW.. Audi will forever have the better engines. Though this is an impeccable car but give credit where it's due honesty won't kill

    Khanya Luthando NgoboKhanya Luthando Ngobo2 dagen geleden
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    Al Ks MercedesAl Ks Mercedes2 dagen geleden
  • Too bad the driving footage was shite, rigid mount the camera next time so people can appreciate body roll, etc..

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    mercedesbenzformula1mercedesbenzformula12 dagen geleden
  • drove the w124 300e for college. Brilliant and still holds up but be prepared for insane bills.

    Hemo A.H.Hemo A.H.2 dagen geleden
  • I have a w124 250D and all i can say is the more i try other new cars the more im convinced of what masterpiece they have built.

    GeriGeri2 dagen geleden
  • Next one is BMW e60..

    WefixanythingWefixanything2 dagen geleden
  • I had one. Yes the best ever built.

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    Peter FortePeter Forte2 dagen geleden
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    Shrek WazowskiShrek Wazowski2 dagen geleden
  • to be honest when i drove an 500e w124 i thought it felt a bit slow, later on i got a s210 e55 which felt way faster, 500e an over hyped saloon in my opinion.

    zoomer46 zoomer46zoomer46 zoomer462 dagen geleden
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    JD MosleyJD Mosley2 dagen geleden
  • The host is such annoying a hole

    Nick AdamsNick Adams2 dagen geleden
  • But whyyyyyyyy again ??

    joesaric1joesaric12 dagen geleden
  • Ls400 is better tho.

    SurfmanSurfman2 dagen geleden
  • I own a showroom 1990 300ce24V: a 3.0 litre six straight engine providing some lovely and smooth 232 HP with catalytic converter: it was around the time when in the US most of the V8 5 litres were giving some 140 HP at their best. Is that correct? All the stuff, accessories and amenities you are enthusiast about in this car, were standard in mine too. No miracle just for your 500E but "standard fitting" for any top of class models of the period.

    PGCPGC2 dagen geleden
  • datti na calmata che è una merda di auto come le altre

    Antonio BonvecchioAntonio Bonvecchio2 dagen geleden
  • It is a MercySadie. Mercy Sadie, the darn thing wont start again. I can still hear father to this day.

    Live LifeLive Life2 dagen geleden
  • And then, as has probably already been mentioned, there was the beastly W124 V12.

    Ben BondBen Bond2 dagen geleden
  • 2003 E46 328i ZLP sport package is best sedan ever

    Matt HunterMatt Hunter2 dagen geleden
  • Jason...why no love for the W124 M119 4.2L? Those cars didn't have the short gearing so they were capable of being faster, if not quicker. While I don't dare drive my 27 year old '94 E420 like you did the 500, it still delivers the goods. Two wishes: Mercedes-Benz would offer more support for the OBD I cars and a glove box. MBNA spun the barrel reducing the W124 price by $10K in 1993 to chase Lexus wisely. I doubt the accountants would let that kind of currency hedge happen today.

    CCOCCAROCCOCCARO2 dagen geleden
  • My grandfather bought this car in Toronto Ontario sent it across the sea and now sits in his house in Portugal. It's a s*** engine it can barely make up a hill he has a diesel

    Emerson GalvaoEmerson Galvao2 dagen geleden
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    Ty KitTy Kit2 dagen geleden
  • We had a Diesel version and it lasted until 500,000 kilos with no big maintenance bills, never had one here that lasted that long, even the Toyota's here don't get over 350,000 and that last one is usually the longer lasting one.

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    goarif1goarif12 dagen geleden
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    Jd WhiteJd White2 dagen geleden
  • i want this beauty.

    1a1a2 dagen geleden
  • Powerful presentation..

    azharudheen Sazharudheen S2 dagen geleden
  • Those rear head rests are so annoying when they retract

    The-bro-jasonThe-bro-jason2 dagen geleden
  • I had the same engine in my 1990 500SL. Incredible engine.

    quantumphaserquantumphaser2 dagen geleden
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    Rok BaroRok Baro2 dagen geleden
  • I almost bought the 560SEC Series 10 years ago but could not afford the insurance (and I suspect the fuel consumption) but what a car it was especially in this coupe version. With the massive black star logo it looked like a beast, sounded like a beast... Bloody insurance scums.

    BonuxCouleurBonuxCouleur2 dagen geleden
  • This was my grandfather's car. I have good memories of riding shotgun while he drove me around town.

    Your Average Passer-ByYour Average Passer-By3 dagen geleden
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    Calisota WGPRCalisota WGPR3 dagen geleden
  • >chunk of plastic over the engine Into the trash it goes

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    Patrick SmithPatrick Smith3 dagen geleden
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    Quivver77Quivver773 dagen geleden
  • Cuz of 500E we love Taxi 1.

    032HULK032HULK3 dagen geleden
  • Lexus LS400 > Mercedes 500E

    DDOT EELDDOT EEL3 dagen geleden
  • Nah, my 1988 Honda Accord LXi with pop up head light was my perfect Sedan!

    Scotty MSUScotty MSU3 dagen geleden
  • Engines, to be fully efficient, should be silent, cold and still in the frame (no vibrations).

    Steel prime King of DabbleyooSteel prime King of Dabbleyoo3 dagen geleden
  • I have 190E collection,all I could afford but have 2 Cosworths,and 3 Sportlines and an LE .Friend had 500E car ,it was too MUCH !!!

    Rod DooleyRod Dooley3 dagen geleden
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    Aditya CEOAditya CEO3 dagen geleden
  • Still a beautiful MB in 2021

    Infinit01Infinit013 dagen geleden
  • Thanks for the ride.

    James CopseyJames Copsey3 dagen geleden
  • Thanks for helping make my favorite car series, the Lexus LS.

    Original JOriginal J3 dagen geleden
  • nice

    kmcbatch2017 kmckmcbatch2017 kmc3 dagen geleden
  • A Mercedes that looks like a Mercedes form all angles!! Great. Today , you can't tell some Mercedes from a Mazda or Toyota. Today, most car designers are nothing but clones of each other.

    Roar ChristoffersenRoar Christoffersen3 dagen geleden
  • Ls400 is a better machine. Change my mind

    Joe MJoe M3 dagen geleden
  • i owned 93 300E, loved the car

    Tomas TylecekTomas Tylecek3 dagen geleden
  • W126 500 is better!

    Mr AutospecMr Autospec3 dagen geleden
  • A lot of these w124 went well over 1M km as taxi cars here in europe

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  • Also let’s you know how good the Lexus LS400 was !

    machedarmachedar3 dagen geleden
  • This popped up on my feed. I've just began falling in love with Mercedes Benz S Class Sedans. Lemmie review this ♥️💯👌

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  • I don't believe a word this guy said compared to BMW at the time, you either own one or listen to this clown, whose obnoxious character sucks anyways.

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