One of Daimler’s employees currently working at the Sindelfingen assembly facility has driven his 1992 Mercedes-Benz 200 D W124 for more than one million kilometers – that’s more than 621 k miles.
And we know cars aren’t made like this now, but we think Mercedes should think about the publicity stunt of giving the guy a new E Class with the promise to keep it and drive it for another million km – and they could even chip in at the maintenance costs, because we’re sure they will be far greater than for the oldie. Michael Nickl purchased his ride new from the plant back in 1992, five years after starting work at the manufacturer – and he chose a barren model because he was paying his student loan. It comes with a standard midnight blue color, a light-grey fabric interior, and the only options added in being the electric sliding sunroof, center armrest, central locking, radio, and rear head restraints.
Power comes from a diesel engine of ages back – 75 horsepower and 126 Nm (93 lb-ft) of torque – though the model did average great for its age and size of the car: 75 horsepower and 126 Nm (93 lb-ft) of torque past 25 years. He kept his car as “the first suspicions about diesel particulates causing cancer” appeared back in the day – and the 55-year old still working at the same factory has changed over the years the clutch, brakes, alternator, and water pump. Over the years, the general maintenance cost was €58,563.26 ($62,847), with some €53,786.28 ($57,720) used for fuel.