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Old 08-08-2001, 10:35 PM
James L James L is offline
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Location: Greenville, NC
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educate me 300/400/500E

I am wondering which engine would last the longest with normal service:

300D 2.5L Turbo Diesel (1990-93)(hard to find)
300E 2.6, 2.8, 3.0 liter (Straight 6)(1990-1993)
1992 400E 4.2L V8
1993 400E 4.2L V6
1990-1993 500E 5.0L V8 (the rare BIG DADDY)

I have read the many excellent post regarding and also the $800 timming chain on the 400E (why so much when the parts are less than a $100?)

I want a benz for the long haul without having to get major engine/tranny work done.

I have seen 400Es with milage in the 140k- $13,000 and 200K miles for $10,000.

Also when did the 400E/500E introduce factory 134a with the dual electric cooling fans on the condenser. Was it 1993 like the 300Es?

Thanks for the info!!!!
1993 Mercedes Benz 300D 2.5 205K (ex wife's)
1984 Mercedes Benz 300SD 320K (SOLD)
2004 Mercedes Benz C240 75K
1995 GMC Sierra 2WD 5.7L 188K
1983 Mercedes Benz 300SD 239K (SOLD)
1987 BMW 325i 220K (SOLD FOR SALVAGE)

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