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Old 11-26-2003, 06:02 PM
deanyel deanyel is offline
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I suspect those years are all pretty similar except for engines - the 97s are the "old" generation. The 97 320 is the straight six 104 motor that is a good engine but does have some head gasket problems. The 98/99 320 is the V6 with balancer problem or whatever it is. The 97 420 is the old 32 valve while the 430 is the 24 valve. The 430 has fewer parts, less maintenance, better diagnostics, much lower manufacturing cost, and I think most people think lower overall quality. I personally think a 97 E420 would be a great car - they're getting cheap and the 119 motor is a great motor, sort of overbuilt in the old style, without the head gasket issue.
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