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

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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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Canuck Fobroader
Canuck Fobroader 35 minuter sedan
I love this car!! Man is Jason a fantastic host.
Anton Jørgensen
Anton Jørgensen 6 timmar sedan
Wow, this gave me some major Old top gear review vibes
Ali Cherif
Ali Cherif 12 timmar sedan
Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem
Sezgin Çetin
Sezgin Çetin 12 timmar sedan
Absolutley amazing car,every time Best🤩🤩🤩👍
Luke Collins
Luke Collins 16 timmar sedan
Nice I just brought one. (1:64 scale though)
Lennart Proost
Lennart Proost 17 timmar sedan
U made one mistake, its not Mercedes but Saab who made the best sedans.
Steve 23 timmar sedan
We called it the "V-Boot" in Nigeria. Excellent car.
Devin Cook
Devin Cook Dag sedan
Beautifully engineered. Hideous looking.
Shahid Malik
Shahid Malik Dag sedan
Perfect sedan ? Lexus LS 430. Period.
♛♤I♤♛ Dag sedan
На фото Е500
Uber mensch
Uber mensch Dag sedan
Oh you mean a Sentinel. I had one back in my Liberty city days.
Asad Abdussalam
Asad Abdussalam Dag sedan
Most perfect? Lol
Domingo De Anda
Domingo De Anda Dag sedan
That was pretty damn good
. Dag sedan
yeah but was it the perfectest?
Suavey Styles
Suavey Styles Dag sedan
Bro, when you rubbed the delicious finger licking fender flares I cried laughing...
Suavey Styles
Suavey Styles Dag sedan
Great video!!!!
Suavey Styles
Suavey Styles Dag sedan
CL 500 Is my favorite!!! Just bought an E63. Whooooaaaaa!
bluedragoncreative™ Dag sedan
Sam Laidler
Sam Laidler 2 dagar sedan
I’m watching this excellent video sitting here in my W124 (diesel) with 302,858 miles on the clock, feeling quite proud. I was already utterly in love with this car, and this video helped me love it even more, I even thought it’s ‘only’ the E300.
nomadben 2 dagar sedan
Great episode! But everyone knows the E39 M5 is the best sedan of all time ;)
Bigotes HombredemuchoValor
Bigotes HombredemuchoValor 2 dagar sedan
The 1997 Volvo C70 T5 was the fastest FWD production car in the world 97-98 true or false ??. 1/4 mile : 14.1 seconds . So.. it means the 97 C70 T5 would pulverize a 2004 STI from speeds 60-150 mph ??? I read from Autocar Magazine that C70 T5 and Volvo 850R beated 3 Ferraris 50-75 mph punch . And from Autocar Magazine UK I read that Saab 9000 Aero beated 50-70 mph acceleration was faster than 5 Supercars including Lambo Diablo . Motorweek did 14 seconds the 1/4 mile Volvo C70 T5 . Video : Motorweek 1997 C70 T5 . So. The C70 T5 was faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero 50-100 mph ????? . A mechanic told me the 1997 C70 T5 was the fastest FWD car in the world 97-1999 . And he said faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero he said and also he said the 97 C70 T5 would smoke a 2004-2007 WRX STI on highway 60-150 mph . He said the 97 C70 T5 was faster than a Volvo 850R because it was made by a Racing Company in Sweden . Please can you race a Saab 9000 Aero vs 97-99 Volvo C70 T5 ( Manual as seen in Motorweek ) vs 2004-2007 STI ???? We wanna know if it's True that C70 T5 and Saab 9000 Aero were the fastest FWD cars on planet Earth . And from that if STI can beat them or not 60-120-150 mph . The mechanic is a Subaru/Toyota mechanic and he said C70 T5 would destroy even a Ferrari Testarossa or Nissan R34 . Can we see you Racing if that is true ??? Pleasssse
RSC II 2 dagar sedan
He takes it up the tailpipe. Excellent video, nonetheless.
Luke Spector
Luke Spector 2 dagar sedan
BMW = "Big Mouthed Wop"??? "Bring My Wallet"??? "Bullshit Machine for Wankers??? " Either way, ONLY Mercedes-Benz & Porsche are Germans worth restoration costs!
Sahadi420 2 dagar sedan
I don't know why I haven't seen this channel. This guy (Jason Cammisa) and Chris Harris are two of my favorite car reviewers.
Shred72 3 dagar sedan
Eric Langley
Eric Langley 3 dagar sedan
Matt Hines
Matt Hines 3 dagar sedan
Great piece!
kid 420
kid 420 3 dagar sedan
Great video! How about a video on the 400E since it's not that talked about?
Hafiz Sani
Hafiz Sani 3 dagar sedan
This host is so good!
Lautaro Santander
Lautaro Santander 3 dagar sedan
W124, the best of the best of the best...
Selçuk Akyüz
Selçuk Akyüz 4 dagar sedan
Neat copywriting. They don't make em like this anymore.
Jake Wright
Jake Wright 4 dagar sedan
this was THE car
Angel Stoilkov
Angel Stoilkov 4 dagar sedan
The best thing is i have the one from 1991 and it has a more calm diving experience than the 2020 Mercedes
Ys Slmn
Ys Slmn 4 dagar sedan
Stop watching once he put his finger in his nose, yak
Jesse 4 dagar sedan
Ben Affleck's brother knows a lot about cars.
Stallone Bhai
Stallone Bhai 4 dagar sedan
Ben Affleck in a chilled mode
Joshua Bartley
Joshua Bartley 4 dagar sedan
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!
Michael F
Michael F 4 dagar sedan
What kinda tires were on that thing?
VeryCleaverName 4 dagar sedan
I don't know why this popped up recommended. I want an airplane.
Con Verdis
Con Verdis 5 dagar sedan
What a great review off to watch it again and again. ❤️
O K 5 dagar sedan
Thanks Ben! 👍
Al Ameri
Al Ameri 5 dagar sedan
I remember my childhood time (1982), it was the best and most expensive car was 500 SEL and then came 560 SEL
Ice Blue
Ice Blue 5 dagar sedan
It's so heavy that it feels good to use in a bumpy road.
Michael Orekyeh
Michael Orekyeh 5 dagar sedan
Also known as "The Factory Hammer"
HAPPIIEEE 5 dagar sedan
mattyjbsr 5 dagar sedan
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
Alex P.
Alex P. 5 dagar sedan
...and also , the world's ugliest sedan. Mercedes aesthetics suck..even today.
Burhan Budak
Burhan Budak 5 dagar sedan
It's more of a dictator/crime leader car.
SotosM3 E30
SotosM3 E30 5 dagar sedan
*laughs in M5*
lqr824 5 dagar sedan
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.
Christopher Charles
Christopher Charles 5 dagar sedan
E28 review please? Frm Malaysia
lqr824 5 dagar sedan
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?
Sabyasachi Ghosh
Sabyasachi Ghosh 5 dagar sedan
So what I understood is that if you have problems, run to Porsche
lqr824 5 dagar sedan
3:10 the arm did NOT remain parallel to the airflow throughout its sweep. What the heck are you saying this and why are you saying it? The picture fully contradicts you.
Hans Wurst
Hans Wurst 5 dagar sedan
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.
felsner1 5 dagar sedan
Wish you wouldn't say "Portia" about "Porsche."
Sloppy Turtle
Sloppy Turtle 5 dagar sedan
European JUNK. Over priced, difficult to repair, expensive parts, pointlessly expensive to buy, not reliable, outdated, terrible resale value, petroleum based. NEVER buy european vehicles !...... or crystler for that matter. JUNK !
Em Are
Em Are 6 dagar sedan
I always wanted to buy this car, the diesel one....and now I most likely will....God willing
Guillermo Carrillo
Guillermo Carrillo 6 dagar sedan
This dude reminds me of Adam Sandler. Good review btw and what a beautiful Benz. Coming from a bmw owner n54 engine twin turbo! I might need a Benz on my bucket list.
Hamza Sadkaoui
Hamza Sadkaoui 6 dagar sedan
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
Colorado Cool Kid
Colorado Cool Kid 6 dagar sedan
Needs daytons
MarcoNoPolo 6 dagar sedan
11:49 Bro. Did you pee your pants or is that something else?
Ather Zaidi
Ather Zaidi 6 dagar sedan
The class of time, revolution succeed. Hats off for this video.
turkeypaz 6 dagar sedan
Good god this popped up and it is amazing quality made better due to nostalgia. But aside from that, this is on the level of, but more chill than top gear. I am not a car person but wow....
Simon Fowler
Simon Fowler 6 dagar sedan
GREAT video and explanation thanks and what a car!!!!
Peteri Davies
Peteri Davies 6 dagar sedan
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.
David White
David White 6 dagar sedan
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!!!!!
Ali Raza
Ali Raza 6 dagar sedan
Think if Mercedes today refurbish this car with the newer tech 🤯
Ali Raza
Ali Raza 2 dagar sedan
Led headlights u know 😼
Ali Raza
Ali Raza 2 dagar sedan
@robroy habich like a digital meter in it damnnn🤣
robroy habich
robroy habich 2 dagar sedan
Newer tech? W124 had the right and most reliable tech
Sersou 6 dagar sedan
I'm stunned by the production quality of this video. Here ... Take my sub.
Albin111 6 dagar sedan
best sedan in the world and then booooooooommm bmw comes with the e39 m5
André Catani
André Catani 6 dagar sedan
So sad that sedans are vanishing today, giving place to all those ugly and stupid SUVs...
Matt's Garage
Matt's Garage 6 dagar sedan
I would 100% agree if I didn’t own the coupe version... Really such a great looking car from every angle!
Trey Scudder
Trey Scudder 6 dagar sedan
Loved my 1990 300E.... great car. The giant V8 in the 500 looks like a complete bear to work on.
Jason Goweser
Jason Goweser 7 dagar sedan
Nice video, thanks. I, myself, drive W124 3.2 Sportline 1995.
Clayton Bridges
Clayton Bridges 7 dagar sedan
*cough* LS400 *cough*
Ozi Yılmaz
Ozi Yılmaz 7 dagar sedan
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".
Simon Ardfors
Simon Ardfors 7 dagar sedan
That grain filter on all the old footage looks really bad
J Mills
J Mills 7 dagar sedan
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
ghetto journalist tv
ghetto journalist tv 7 dagar sedan
lovely driving this masterpiece
Edward Kokol
Edward Kokol 7 dagar sedan
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.
alan Qtrmaine
alan Qtrmaine 7 dagar sedan
Gave the thumbs up just for the title
xnreyescj 7 dagar sedan
Thank you Mercedes-Benz for lobbying ($$$) U.S. congress in '88 and passing the Vehicle Safety Compliance Act.
Ghoosh Wen
Ghoosh Wen 7 dagar sedan
I love boxy car design
Andy Hills
Andy Hills 7 dagar sedan
Two words Vauxhalls lotus carlton.
Terence Cheng
Terence Cheng 7 dagar sedan
Perfect in the making, also for your mechanic
Cesar Abraham
Cesar Abraham 8 dagar sedan
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
dbernstein85 8 dagar sedan
Haha silly video everyone knows the e38 was the greatest sedan
Tony Curtis Blondell
Tony Curtis Blondell 8 dagar sedan
Best car video, lol
Simon F
Simon F 8 dagar sedan
Cute dressing gown.
Mohammad Al Fattal
Mohammad Al Fattal 8 dagar sedan
Mercedes was the best by miles and miles ahead of anyone Now you can argue about it being still the best, but barely
Gene Smith
Gene Smith 8 dagar sedan
GO to the source- Buy a PORSCHE.
Siddhesh Mhatre
Siddhesh Mhatre 8 dagar sedan
Great film. 400E and 500E are still gorgeous even today.
Very good video
no taboos
no taboos 8 dagar sedan
No airbags. Instantly obsolete.
robroy habich
robroy habich 2 dagar sedan
w124 had airbags
LoneWolfSigma 8 dagar sedan
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.
Pistonburner 8 dagar sedan
Perfect? That old automatic transmission alone makes it totally impossible.
Sgt. Tom
Sgt. Tom 8 dagar sedan
It came up on the right side as proposition. Man ow man, it was so good that i just clicked full screen mode, sat back and watched to the last second. It reminded me of good old times of holy trinity, the top gear. Hats off.
marshalllucky 8 dagar sedan
what if you got a popped tire? what then?
AeRoTR 8 dagar sedan
I could not stop watching, very good job !
josava1 8 dagar sedan
It’s Right up there with the GOAT - Lexus Ls400
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