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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  • Idiot, can't you learn how to say PORSCHEEEEE, before talking about it? It's NOT Porschaaaa, it's Porscheeee; how difficult can that be?

    A DudeA DudeVor 4 Stunden
  • I found this guy's narrative far more interesting than the specs the car has to present. It's rather what kept me to the end of the video😂😂

    Jonathan 09Jonathan 09Vor 5 Stunden
  • 3:49 harshad mehta 🤟

    MAX -MAX -Vor 7 Stunden
  • My first car was a 1993 500 SEL.. that thing was a beast and rode like a cloud! Found the original window sticker at $97,000 shipped in from Germany to New Jersey, if only I never sold it 😑

    William HennessyWilliam HennessyVor 8 Stunden
  • How bout W210 model ? Can u make vdo bout it ?

    Ayman HardRaceAyman HardRaceVor 13 Stunden
  • A good friend of our family had a W124 T model , the 300 Turbodiesel iirc. It was a very, very nice car, and back then I wanted to buy it off of him, despite the (comparatively) high costs for tax due to its unfiltered Diesel engine. He refused for one single reason, he said: "Since I own this car, I have driven over 300.000km with it, and nothing went wrong with it. Nothing. First windshield, first exhaust, nothing done to the automatic, power steering, everything is working. Just by chance something big HAS to go wrong soon, and I do not want to sell a car to somebody I know, where that is bound to happen."

    KommunisatorKommunisatorVor 13 Stunden
  • Look alot like my E420 (W210)

    The TranspanzerThe TranspanzerVor 14 Stunden
  • Thanks but no thanks

    JMS JMS2JMS JMS2Vor 14 Stunden
  • I'd vote for the 2006 Lexus LS430 as being the world's most perfect Luxury sedan.

    B KaleyB KaleyVor 14 Stunden
  • Just Perfect Beautiful . The One . Jedyny w swoim rodzaju.

    Slawko slawkoSlawko slawkoVor 17 Stunden
  • I do very like the way you reviewed the car and its history. Well done!

    Ganesha ShamsudinGanesha ShamsudinVor 20 Stunden
  • Finding little gems like this is why I still have hope for the YTube.

    StroporezStroporezVor Tag
  • What a wonderful, wonderful presenter!

    Reza AryaReza AryaVor Tag
  • Your way to present the perfect sedan is Awesome!!! Can you do a video for an Aurus?

    Alexander CellAlexander CellVor Tag
  • Next up, make a video about why 190E evolution is a modern classic

    rizalrizalVor Tag
  • The W211 is the best sedan...

    Neptune VibeNeptune VibeVor 2 Tage
  • This video earned you a Subscriber.

    vancityguyvancityguyVor 2 Tage
  • Still one of my favorite cars to this day, my father had one, the guy he shared an office with at the time had one too, still has it actually and an NBA player in town at the time had one too. My uncle also had a 400E.

    venom5809venom5809Vor 2 Tage
  • I love this car!! Man is Jason a fantastic host.

    Canuck FobroaderCanuck FobroaderVor 2 Tage
  • Wow, this gave me some major Old top gear review vibes

    Anton JørgensenAnton JørgensenVor 2 Tage
  • Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem

    Ali CherifAli CherifVor 2 Tage
  • Absolutley amazing car,every time Best🤩🤩🤩👍

    Sezgin ÇetinSezgin ÇetinVor 2 Tage
  • Nice I just brought one. (1:64 scale though)

    Luke CollinsLuke CollinsVor 3 Tage
  • U made one mistake, its not Mercedes but Saab who made the best sedans.

    Lennart ProostLennart ProostVor 3 Tage
  • We called it the "V-Boot" in Nigeria. Excellent car.

    SteveSteveVor 3 Tage
  • Beautifully engineered. Hideous looking.

    Devin CookDevin CookVor 3 Tage
  • Perfect sedan ? Lexus LS 430. Period.

    Shahid MalikShahid MalikVor 3 Tage
  • На фото Е500

    ♛♤I♤♛♛♤I♤♛Vor 3 Tage
  • Oh you mean a Sentinel. I had one back in my Liberty city days.

    Uber menschUber menschVor 3 Tage
  • Most perfect? Lol

    Asad AbdussalamAsad AbdussalamVor 3 Tage
  • That was pretty damn good

    Domingo De AndaDomingo De AndaVor 3 Tage
  • yeah but was it the perfectest?

    ..Vor 3 Tage
  • Bro, when you rubbed the delicious finger licking fender flares I cried laughing...

    Suavey StylesSuavey StylesVor 4 Tage
  • Great video!!!!

    Suavey StylesSuavey StylesVor 4 Tage
  • CL 500 Is my favorite!!! Just bought an E63. Whooooaaaaa!

    Suavey StylesSuavey StylesVor 4 Tage
  • Subscribe..

    bluedragoncreative™bluedragoncreative™Vor 4 Tage
  • 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.

    Sam LaidlerSam LaidlerVor 4 Tage
  • Great episode! But everyone knows the E39 M5 is the best sedan of all time ;)

    nomadbennomadbenVor 4 Tage
  • 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

    Bigotes HombredemuchoValorBigotes HombredemuchoValorVor 5 Tage
  • He takes it up the tailpipe. Excellent video, nonetheless.

    RSC IIRSC IIVor 5 Tage
  • BMW = "Big Mouthed Wop"??? "Bring My Wallet"??? "Bullshit Machine for Wankers??? " Either way, ONLY Mercedes-Benz & Porsche are Germans worth restoration costs!

    Luke SpectorLuke SpectorVor 5 Tage
  • 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.

    Sahadi420Sahadi420Vor 5 Tage

    Shred72Shred72Vor 5 Tage
  • RrrrrrrroadHouse!

    Eric LangleyEric LangleyVor 5 Tage
  • Great piece!

    Matt HinesMatt HinesVor 5 Tage
  • Great video! How about a video on the 400E since it's not that talked about?

    kid 420kid 420Vor 5 Tage
  • This host is so good!

    Hafiz SaniHafiz SaniVor 6 Tage
  • W124, the best of the best of the best...

    Lautaro SantanderLautaro SantanderVor 6 Tage
  • Neat copywriting. They don't make em like this anymore.

    Selçuk AkyüzSelçuk AkyüzVor 6 Tage
  • this was THE car

    Jake WrightJake WrightVor 6 Tage
  • The best thing is i have the one from 1991 and it has a more calm diving experience than the 2020 Mercedes

    Angel StoilkovAngel StoilkovVor 6 Tage
  • Stop watching once he put his finger in his nose, yak

    Ys SlmnYs SlmnVor 6 Tage
  • Ben Affleck's brother knows a lot about cars.

    JesseJesseVor 6 Tage
  • Ben Affleck in a chilled mode

    Stallone BhaiStallone BhaiVor 7 Tage
  • 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!

    Joshua BartleyJoshua BartleyVor 7 Tage
  • What kinda tires were on that thing?

    Michael FMichael FVor 7 Tage
  • I don't know why this popped up recommended. I want an airplane.

    VeryCleaverNameVeryCleaverNameVor 7 Tage
  • What a great review off to watch it again and again. ❤️

    Con VerdisCon VerdisVor 7 Tage
  • Thanks Ben! 👍

    O KO KVor 7 Tage
  • I remember my childhood time (1982), it was the best and most expensive car was 500 SEL and then came 560 SEL

    Al AmeriAl AmeriVor 7 Tage
  • It's so heavy that it feels good to use in a bumpy road.

    Ice BlueIce BlueVor 7 Tage
  • Also known as "The Factory Hammer"

    Michael OrekyehMichael OrekyehVor 7 Tage
  • Subscribed....

  • 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

    mattyjbsrmattyjbsrVor 7 Tage
  • ...and also , the world's ugliest sedan. Mercedes aesthetics suck..even today.

    Alex P.Alex P.Vor 8 Tage
  • It's more of a dictator/crime leader car.

    Burhan BudakBurhan BudakVor 8 Tage
  • *laughs in M5*

    SotosM3 E30SotosM3 E30Vor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    lqr824lqr824Vor 8 Tage
  • E28 review please? Frm Malaysia

    Christopher CharlesChristopher CharlesVor 8 Tage
  • 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?

    lqr824lqr824Vor 8 Tage
  • So what I understood is that if you have problems, run to Porsche

    Sabyasachi GhoshSabyasachi GhoshVor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    lqr824lqr824Vor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    Hans WurstHans WurstVor 8 Tage
  • Wish you wouldn't say "Portia" about "Porsche."

    felsner1felsner1Vor 8 Tage
  • 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 !

    Sloppy TurtleSloppy TurtleVor 8 Tage
  • I always wanted to buy this car, the diesel one....and now I most likely will....God willing

    Em AreEm AreVor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    Guillermo CarrilloGuillermo CarrilloVor 8 Tage
  • 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

    Hamza SadkaouiHamza SadkaouiVor 8 Tage
  • Needs daytons

    Colorado Cool KidColorado Cool KidVor 8 Tage
  • 11:49 Bro. Did you pee your pants or is that something else?

    MarcoNoPoloMarcoNoPoloVor 8 Tage
  • The class of time, revolution succeed. Hats off for this video.

    Ather ZaidiAther ZaidiVor 8 Tage
  • 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....

    turkeypazturkeypazVor 8 Tage
  • GREAT video and explanation thanks and what a car!!!!

    Simon FowlerSimon FowlerVor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    Peteri DaviesPeteri DaviesVor 8 Tage
  • 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!!!!!

    David WhiteDavid WhiteVor 8 Tage
  • Think if Mercedes today refurbish this car with the newer tech 🤯

    Ali RazaAli RazaVor 8 Tage
    • Led headlights u know 😼

      Ali RazaAli RazaVor 4 Tage
    • @robroy habich like a digital meter in it damnnn🤣

      Ali RazaAli RazaVor 4 Tage
    • Newer tech? W124 had the right and most reliable tech

      robroy habichrobroy habichVor 4 Tage
  • I'm stunned by the production quality of this video. Here ... Take my sub.

    SersouSersouVor 8 Tage
  • best sedan in the world and then booooooooommm bmw comes with the e39 m5

    Albin111Albin111Vor 9 Tage
  • So sad that sedans are vanishing today, giving place to all those ugly and stupid SUVs...

    André CataniAndré CataniVor 9 Tage
  • 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 GarageVor 9 Tage
  • Loved my 1990 300E.... great car. The giant V8 in the 500 looks like a complete bear to work on.

    Trey ScudderTrey ScudderVor 9 Tage
  • Nice video, thanks. I, myself, drive W124 3.2 Sportline 1995.

    Jason GoweserJason GoweserVor 9 Tage
  • *cough* LS400 *cough*

    Clayton BridgesClayton BridgesVor 9 Tage
  • 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 YılmazVor 9 Tage
  • That grain filter on all the old footage looks really bad

    Simon ArdforsSimon ArdforsVor 9 Tage
  • 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 MillsVor 9 Tage
  • lovely driving this masterpiece

    ghetto journalist tvghetto journalist tvVor 9 Tage
  • 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 KokolVor 9 Tage
  • Gave the thumbs up just for the title

    alan Qtrmainealan QtrmaineVor 9 Tage
  • Thank you Mercedes-Benz for lobbying ($$$) U.S. congress in '88 and passing the Vehicle Safety Compliance Act.

    xnreyescjxnreyescjVor 10 Tage