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Old 11-20-2006, 09:03 AM
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98 & 99 300 E diesel

Hello All,
New to this, I need a little help...
I am looking at either a 98 or a 99 300D.
--First of all, is one of those 2 years any better than the other and why?
--I was told that those are expensive cars to maintain. True this?
--At which mileage is it recommended to change the timing belt?
--Driven responsibly, how many miles can those cars go on their original transmission?
Any thought you can share is most welcome.
Thanks!
Francis

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Old 11-20-2006, 09:17 AM
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98 or 99 diesel

Hello All,
New to this and need a little help...
I am looking at 1998 and 1999 300 Ds.
--First of all, is one of those 2 any better and why?
--I was told that those are expensive cars to maintain. True this?
--At which mileage is it recommended to change the timing belt? (I mean before it brakes)
--Driven responsibly, how many miles can you reasonably put on the original transmission?
--Any diesel shop you would recommend in the Annapolis, MD area?
--Any big expense to expect that I might not have thought of?
Any thought you can share is most welcome.Thanks a lot!
Francis
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:35 AM
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The 1998-99 E300DT is basicly the same car.

Serviced properly the trans can last 300K miles + more.

Define expensive???!


MB engines don't have timing belts & the timing CHAINS last a long time, mostly dependant on oil change frequency..
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:30 AM
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Sure helps though if you do a lot of the work on the car yourself.

The '99 has side airbags front and rear. Not much else different.

Len
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:45 PM
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Thanks a lot for your kind answers.
More, as I do my homework:
--Was told today that about 10% of all 98 & 99 300 Ds develop a problem whereas the top seat of the front spring expands by lack of a serious weld, sometimes causing the spring to dislocate.
Myth or reality?
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:54 PM
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the failed spring perch issue isn't diesel-specific. It seems to affect all cars regardless of engine.

10% of total population? I don't know, but I doubt it. That would be a HUGE number of cars. There certainly would have been a recall by now if the numbers were that large along with accident-related deaths. It would be hard to miss that one.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:21 PM
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For the spring perch issue I think its part of dealer-service to check them for rust, and if they do have an issue, they will fix it free. Otherwise nothing to worry about.
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Regarding the spring perch failure, I would avoid cars that have lived thier lives in areas where roads are salted.

If you live in such an area paying extra attention to the perches as the car ages is in order.

Search here and you will find more than you want to know on the subject.
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:34 PM
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98 & 99 300D search

All,
Besides e-bay, cars.com, auto traders and the likes, where can I look for a 1998 or 1999 300d?
Is there a such a thing as a Mercedesshop.com bulletin board?
Thx!
F
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:43 PM
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All,
Besides e-bay, cars.com, auto traders and the likes, where can I look for a 1998 or 1999 300d?
Is there a such a thing as a Mercedesshop.com bulletin board?
Thx!
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:49 PM
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Oh Oh ...I got a reason to get the 99. It has a LED high mount stop lamp.
The 98 used the crappy old 21w bulb that burns and melts the reflector.

I think that should be the deal breaker!
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Airbags

I would also suggest a 1999. Although I personally own a 1998 Turbodiesel, the addition of headliner and rear side airbags is an added benefit without much extra cost (1998s and 1999s are of very similar value).
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1998 has aluminum spare wheel that matches all the rest, in 1999 (because Chrysler bought in?) the E class as well as some others started providing black steel wheel spare (this just seems wrong to me).
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:17 AM
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I have a 99 with 98k.
Had the injection pump new O rings, replaced one inner tie rod end both outer tie rod ends.
Paid $20 k in 04 with 72k
25-28 mpg average, 31-32 on the highway.
PLan on changing Trans oil soon. I don't beleive it is life time.
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:24 AM
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I have a 99 with 98k.
Had the injection pump new O rings, replaced one inner tie rod end both outer tie rod ends.
Paid $20 k in 04 with 72k
25-28 mpg average, 31-32 on the highway.
PLan on changing Trans oil soon. I don't beleive it is life time.
Did you have the injection pump changed or just the orings? What problem did you have and how did you figure out you had to replace it/them? Was it fuel eaks or the engine ran poorly?

Thanks,
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