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Old 01-16-2008, 03:17 PM
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Ok, it's about to be official - I bought my little 240D last year, and I have that MBhunger!

Actually, my wife has it. Her Jeep is in the shop (again) and she is ready to unlo..I mean sell it to some lucky buyer

Anyway, she is now convinced that MB is the way to go. She loves the 240D and loves that it is easy (for me) to work on, and is reliable.

Sooooo, I am looking at the car in the title.

the problem is "I should tell you that it climbs hills like a slug. It smokes and it uses a quart of oil every 200-300 miles. But it always starts, even on cold days. I have driven it like this for nearly three years."

I don't think this is the rodbender 6cyl. is it?

He is asking $6k

how about it?

***edit***

ok after a bit more searching I see that this IS a rodbender and that is a symptom of the same...

right?
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:20 PM
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It smokes and it uses a quart of oil every 200-300 miles
Needs an engine. Run away.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:20 PM
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Well now this might be a good one to buy, chances are its either a blown turbo or a bent rod. Offer him $5k, a long block is $8k, so $13k for a 300SD with a rebuilt motor, not so bad. Thats provided you can do the work yourself, if not budget $10k for the job.

I'm leaning towards a bent rod, NFW would a dieing turbo last 3 years without blowing the seals totaly out.

Or you can just buy my friends 5 year newer 85k mile S320 for $11,500k and get two sets of wheels with good tires, similer fuel mileage and 50 more hp.
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Well now this might be a good one to buy, chances are its either a blown turbo or a bent rod. Offer him $5k, a long block is $8k, so $13k for a 300SD with a rebuilt motor, not so bad. Thats provided you can do the work yourself, if not budget $10k for the job.

I'm leaning towards a bent rod, NFW would a dieing turbo last 3 years without blowing the seals totaly out.

Or you can just buy my friends 5 year newer 85k mile S320 for $11,500k and get two sets of wheels with good tires, similer fuel mileage and 50 more hp.
Yeppers. You can't beat the M104 with 230 hp (It has 10 - 12 more hp than the E320). So, there is actually an 80 hp difference.

And the fuel economy is not all that different when on the highway.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:41 PM
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He ran down to FL last winter going between 80-105, averaged 24mpg. Interestingly my uncles 2007 E350 4matic, just did the same trip and according to the computer got 24.3mpg. I would have thought that it would have done better, but it didn't. Maybe it hasn't losend up yet, only had 2k miles on it when he left.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:48 PM
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He ran down to FL last winter going between 80-105, averaged 24mpg. Interestingly my uncles 2007 E350 4matic, just did the same trip and according to the computer got 24.3mpg. I would have thought that it have done better, but it didn't. Maybe it hasn't losend up yet, only had 2k miles on it when he left.
That sounds about right at that speed with the 4matic. I bet all the 4matic gearing takes away a couple miles per gallon. The 2008 E350 highway estimate is 24 (2WD model) so I'd say with the 4matic you're doing all right.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:51 PM
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If so that sucks, the old E320 would do damn near 30. Its probably because the new V6 puts out almost 300hp.

The S320 was matching it and that car is a barn door compared to the slick W211.
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:11 PM
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Anyway, she is now convinced that MB is the way to go. She loves the 240D and loves that it is easy (for me) to work on, and is reliable.
Anything newer will not be easy to work on nor as reliable.
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