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

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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    Great video! How about a video on the 400E since it's not that talked about?

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    23 hours ago

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  7. Lautaro Santander

    Lautaro Santander

    23 hours ago

    W124, the best of the best of the best...

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    Day ago

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    Jake Wright

    Day ago

    this was THE car

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    Angel Stoilkov

    Day ago

    The best thing is i have the one from 1991 and it has a more calm diving experience than the 2020 Mercedes

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    Day ago

    Ben Affleck in a chilled mode

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    Joshua Bartley

    Day ago

    What an absolutely beautiful car. I just picked up a 2007 280 with only 45,000 miles and it was a dr whom owned it. He sold it to me for insanely cheap! My son is 11 so I’m thinking about him and I customizing together then give it to him as his first car!

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    Michael F

    Day ago

    What kinda tires were on that thing?

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    VeryCleaverName

    Day ago

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    Con Verdis

    2 days ago

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    O K

    2 days ago

    Thanks Ben! 👍

  19. Al Ameri

    Al Ameri

    2 days ago

    I remember my childhood time (1982), it was the best and most expensive car was 500 SEL and then came 560 SEL

  20. Ice Blue

    Ice Blue

    2 days ago

    It's so heavy that it feels good to use in a bumpy road.

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    Michael Orekyeh

    2 days ago

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    mattyjbsr

    2 days ago

    Do you have any photos of the 500E and 993 together? That is the absolute perfect pair in existence, and I’d love to have that as a wallpaper

  24. Alex P.

    Alex P.

    2 days ago

    ...and also , the world's ugliest sedan. Mercedes aesthetics suck..even today.

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    2 days ago

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    SotosM3 E30

    2 days ago

    *laughs in M5*

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    lqr824

    2 days ago

    12:00 best designed, engineered, blah blah, sedan of all time? May I humbly present... BMW's E39 ('96-'03 5-series). I recall the auto journalists, commiserating with Mercedes after the E39 launch: "it must sting that, every time you release a model that gets a step ahead of the BMW, they come out with a new model that not so much moves the goal posts as literally hurls them over the horizon." My M5 is 21 years old now and I'm still waiting for a car of such beauty, performance, sound, interior, and quality to replace it with. Succeeding 5-series generations have been to big, the 3-series still seem down-market, and nothing is as beautiful.

  28. Christopher Charles

    Christopher Charles

    2 days ago

    E28 review please? Frm Malaysia

  29. lqr824

    lqr824

    2 days ago

    6:50 332HP from 5 liters? The E39 M5 got 400HP from that displacement, and could be increased to 500HP with kits. Anyone know if similar were available for this 500E?

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    Sabyasachi Ghosh

    2 days ago

    So what I understood is that if you have problems, run to Porsche

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  32. Hans Wurst

    Hans Wurst

    2 days ago

    The W124 was also called "Deutscher Panzer" (German Tank) because it never breaks. Our W124 which we had was the most reliable ever since today. Our Family also worked at Mercedes 3 generations. But what came at the 2000s was just an engineering shame.

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    2 days ago

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    3 days ago

    This is Why Mercedes is my favorite car And for me to want that old car as my car right now in 2021 speaks volumes of this mammoth of a tycoon

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    3 days ago

    Needs daytons

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    3 days ago

    11:49 Bro. Did you pee your pants or is that something else?

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    3 days ago

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  42. Simon Fowler

    Simon Fowler

    3 days ago

    GREAT video and explanation thanks and what a car!!!!

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    3 days ago

    Does this one have the famous emission defeating devices fitted as standard or an optional extra...? Will rebates and or parts still be available when the EU finally collapses...? Personally, I think a Lexus or Toyota for me... Reliable and longevity built in, unsurpassed Japanese quality.

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    3 days ago

    there is one sitting in the driveway next to my house for at least the pass 10 years. It breaks my heart every day as i have to walk pass it. Owner doesn't to sell!!!!!

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    3 days ago

    Think if Mercedes today refurbish this car with the newer tech 🤯

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    3 days ago

    best sedan in the world and then booooooooommm bmw comes with the e39 m5

  48. André Catani

    André Catani

    3 days ago

    So sad that sedans are vanishing today, giving place to all those ugly and stupid SUVs...

  49. Matt's Garage

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    3 days ago

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

  50. Trey Scudder

    Trey Scudder

    4 days ago

    Loved my 1990 300E.... great car. The giant V8 in the 500 looks like a complete bear to work on.

  51. Jason Goweser

    Jason Goweser

    4 days ago

    Nice video, thanks. I, myself, drive W124 3.2 Sportline 1995.

  52. Clayton Bridges

    Clayton Bridges

    4 days ago

    *cough* LS400 *cough*

  53. Ozi Yılmaz

    Ozi Yılmaz

    4 days ago

    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".

  54. Simon Ardfors

    Simon Ardfors

    4 days ago

    That grain filter on all the old footage looks really bad

  55. J Mills

    J Mills

    4 days ago

    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

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    ghetto journalist tv

    4 days ago

    lovely driving this masterpiece

  57. Edward Kokol

    Edward Kokol

    4 days ago

    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.

  58. alan Qtrmaine

    alan Qtrmaine

    4 days ago

    Gave the thumbs up just for the title

  59. xnreyescj

    xnreyescj

    4 days ago

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

  60. Ghoosh Wen

    Ghoosh Wen

    4 days ago

    I love boxy car design

  61. Andy Hills

    Andy Hills

    4 days ago

    Two words Vauxhalls lotus carlton.

  62. Terence Cheng

    Terence Cheng

    4 days ago

    Perfect in the making, also for your mechanic

  63. Cesar Abraham

    Cesar Abraham

    5 days ago

    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

  64. dbernstein85

    dbernstein85

    5 days ago

    Haha silly video everyone knows the e38 was the greatest sedan

  65. Tony Curtis Blondell

    Tony Curtis Blondell

    5 days ago

    Best car video, lol

  66. Simon F

    Simon F

    5 days ago

    Cute dressing gown.

  67. Mohammad Al Fattal

    Mohammad Al Fattal

    5 days ago

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

  68. Gene Smith

    Gene Smith

    5 days ago

    GO to the source- Buy a PORSCHE.

  69. Siddhesh Mhatre

    Siddhesh Mhatre

    5 days ago

    Great film. 400E and 500E are still gorgeous even today.

  70. NUMENORLU DEMİRCİ

    NUMENORLU DEMİRCİ

    5 days ago

    Very good video

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    no taboos

    5 days ago

    No airbags. Instantly obsolete.

  72. LoneWolfSigma

    LoneWolfSigma

    5 days ago

    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 1%....buy Mercedes and BMWs....and that is just for them to scan your vehicle with their special scan tools.

  73. Pistonburner

    Pistonburner

    5 days ago

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

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    Sgt. Tom

    5 days ago

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    marshalllucky

    5 days ago

    what if you got a popped tire? what then?

  76. AeRoTR

    AeRoTR

    5 days ago

    I could not stop watching, very good job !

  77. josava1

    josava1

    5 days ago

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

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    Tim Tv Please

    5 days ago

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

  79. Parvez A K Khan

    Parvez A K Khan

    5 days ago

    My all time favourite W123 and W124

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    bozukbeyin

    5 days ago

    This is great content man! Thank you.

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    5 days ago

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    5 days ago

    Was...

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    5 days ago

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  86. Mark Lydon

    Mark Lydon

    5 days ago

    An Italian obsessed with safety????? That must have been a one off.

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    sexphisto

    5 days ago

    nope.

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    5 days ago

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  89. Khanya Luthando Ngobo

    Khanya Luthando Ngobo

    5 days ago

    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

  90. Al Ks Mercedes

    Al Ks Mercedes

    6 days ago

    You don’t know it in till you try it

  91. Norse Viking Æsir

    Norse Viking Æsir

    6 days ago

    Too bad the driving footage was shite, rigid mount the camera next time so people can appreciate body roll, etc..

  92. nestoavila

    nestoavila

    6 days ago

    Lol Derek Tamhyphen Scott lol

  93. Norse Viking Æsir

    Norse Viking Æsir

    6 days ago

    I want to see it in an actual wind tunnel and come up with that coefficient of drag.

  94. mercedesbenzformula1

    mercedesbenzformula1

    6 days ago

    One of my favorite cars ever!

  95. Hemo A.H.

    Hemo A.H.

    6 days ago

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

  96. Geri

    Geri

    6 days ago

    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.

  97. Wefixanything

    Wefixanything

    6 days ago

    Next one is BMW e60..

  98. Q

    Q

    6 days ago

    I had one. Yes the best ever built.

  99. Peter Forte

    Peter Forte

    6 days ago

    I want!!!

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