1988 Mercedes-Benz Starts Up Again After Not Being Used for 16 Years

Giancarlo Perlas July 30, 2020

Most people consider diesel engines as far more superior than petrol-based ones in terms of reliability. Recently, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz W124 that has been stuck in the yard for 16 years proves just that.

The W124, available in sedan, estate, coupe, and convertible variants, was produced by Mercedes from 1984 to 1997. A total of 2,562,143 units of the car was made during that period. It’s worth noting that the E-Class stemmed from the 1993 model of the series too.

A sedan variant of the model that has been dormant for 16 years was found by YouTuber Flexiny. Rust was already eating up the body of the car, the tires were flat, and vegetation has grown all over it, including its interior.

The Mercedes was first pulled out towards the open area of the yard to be examined. Except for some components that looked stuck under the hood, its engine had no real major issues. The oil dipstick was even all greased up. The tires also held the air pumped into them.

Some kind of alarm was activated on the dashboard when the battery of the auto was replaced though. Upon disabling the alarm, everything appeared to be back to normal.

Next, the belts were replaced, and the fluids were refilled. Surprisingly, the engine fired up when it was started. Of course, there were some hiccups on the engine sound and we never saw the car being driven on the road, but for a vehicle that has never been used for one and half decades, it is truly impressive.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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