Tuesday 6th November 2012
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If you have ever owned a Mercedes 300SE and had to replace any parts then let us know about your experience. Let us know how the parts performed when fitted to your vehicle. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Mercedes 300SE Overview

The Mercedes 300SE is classed as a full-sized luxury car and was produced by the German automobile manufacturers Mercedes Benz from 1979-98. The 300SE is part of the s-Class of Mercedes cars and was introduced in the second generation under the W126 model and later under the W140 model. The earlier W126 version was seen to be the better of the two and much better built. Mercedes seem have dropped their standard over the years and the W126 version shows what Mercedes once were built like. They were very spacious, well built and very classy cars. The engines were good and the interior design was top notch. Does this sound anything like your experience of the Mercedes 300SE?

Mercedes 300SE History

The W126 (1979-91) was the second generation of the S-Class and the first to include the 300SE model. The main aims of this car was to produce better fuel economy, better handling and ride quality while maintaining its top of the class status for the full-sized luxury class. This was achieved after 6 years of development and an even better version was introduced as the facelift version in 1985 which had some exterior, interior and mechanical changes made. These cars were very successful and so well built.

The W140 (1991-98) replaced the W126 in 1991 and was the first car to be designed with Mercedes new design. The exterior design was a lot more modern and this car was seen to be ‘over-engineered’ costing Mercedes a lot of money. This resulted in the final cost being 25% more expensive than its predecessor. The SE name was discontinued in 1993 to be replaced with S, as Mercedes introduced a new naming policy.



Fuel Economy

The Mercedes 300SE was available as a 3.0L petrol engine in the W126 model and 2.8 and 3.2L petrol for the W140 version. The last version of the 300SE was the 2.8L which was the most economical out of the available engines and remember to consider the engine size, age and fuel type of a car when determining fuel economy. Which engine did you have and how did it perform economically?


The Mercedes 300SE had 4-speed automatic or 4 and 5-speed manual gearboxes available. Which gearbox did you have and how did you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Mercedes gearbox parts where you can have a look for your 300SE gearbox parts.


We have Mercedes 300SE parts available here at Breakeryard. You will find the parts you are looking for at some of the best prices around. We have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers with parts for all makes and models. You can either enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the 300SE parts page to find the parts you need for your vehicle.