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Old 12-27-2004, 12:04 PM
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W210 rust?!! drivers side spring perch half ripped off

I was doing a little research into them because I am considering one. But I don't know now. I was over at MB world reading about all of the rusty CA W210's. I mean come on my 93 Camry was a NE car all of it's life and didn't have a speck of rust on it. My SDL doesn't have nearly as much as some late model W210's seem to have. Doors and trunk lids all seem to need replacing and the front fenders seem to get rusty. One guy overtheir took all of his trim out of the trunk and found rust bubbles everywhere. They didn't even get into the spring perch problems.

I thought I wanted a W210 but now I'm not so sure. I may go over to, dare I say it? Lexus. Nice clean LS400's are reliable, have a nice driveline and don't rust. Or maybe a mint W124. I don't know, maybe I should try to get the best 1995 E420 I can find and wait and see how the W211's work out.

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Old 12-27-2004, 12:33 PM
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I checked out a 1998 E300D found in the local classifieds awhile back, but decided to stick with the '87 300D. A search on this site discloses: spring perch rust issues, glow plug change nightmares, intake manifold sensor problems, etc, etc. Would rather take my chances with the #14 head cracking (124-603) than have a front wheel collapse at high speed (210).
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Old 12-27-2004, 01:08 PM
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A nice '95 E420 would be an awesome car. I personally like that body style better although lots of complaints about the climate control if it's the same one as my '94 wagon.

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