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Old 07-27-2014, 03:33 PM
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Examining the front spring perches you can do yourself by removing the wheels and cleaning the perch area with a wire brush and water, then drying and looking for rust damage. If the kick panels are rusty I'd definitely check the perches carefully. It could easily cost several hundred dollars to have them re-welded but I'm not close to that issue since my '96 E300D doesn't share the rust problem.

The 606NA engine is solidly reliable with the usual caveats about biodegradable wiring harnesses and disintegrating rubber vacuum hose connections. At 110K the car is almost new (in mileage terms) but is still almost 20 years old so it's age-related things you need to watch for rather than mileage-related items. What does the seller have to offer in the way of service records? The low miles suggests either lots of short trips or long periods of storage or both; neither is good for an engine.

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