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Old 11-10-2009, 09:32 PM
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Considering buying a S320 LWB..advice?

Was this a decent car? Any known major issues? What would be decent price for one with 80K? I'm considering one in good condition but don't know much about them.....Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-10-2009, 09:48 PM
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Better be a good mechanic. head gaskets can be a problem... Depending on the year, if the wiring harness hasn't been redone, don't touch it with a 10 foot pole, unless you have an extra $600 and the knowledge to install it... Ball joints and tie rods can be an issue every 60k...
The T hose just behind the engine on the drivers side has a problem with having the plastic break... Leads to big problems if you don't shut the car down in time...
Depending on the year, the Tranny can have issues... 97+ is better...
What options does this car have??
The duovalve can sometimes have problems with one side not opening... requires replacement of the whole assembly...
Evap core was a huge problem.... And really expensive time wise to fix. If you can DIY, it's not bad money wise....
Other than this list, it's a pretty damn good car.... I like mine...
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Was this a decent car? Any known major issues? What would be decent price for one with 80K? I'm considering one in good condition but don't know much about them.....Thanks in advance.
1993-1995 will have bad engine wiring harnesses and should probably be avoided.

I'd look at the latest year possible, 1998-1999.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:20 PM
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They are great. My friend just sold his, never really had a problem with it. They also return pretty good mileage.

Just buy the best example you can, 97-99 are the years you want.
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I toyed with the idea of an S320 for about one year. Finally decided on the BMW...........280 hp..........better looks..........and better fuel economy.


It wasn't a hard decision.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:48 PM
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wiring harness is not that big of a deal and few nice ones are still actually rolling around with them. Maybe its more involved with W140s versus W124s?

The only horrifying job I hear about is the AC evaporators.
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1993-1995 will have bad engine wiring harnesses and should probably be avoided.

I'd look at the latest year possible, 1998-1999.
It's a 1997. I've had an '83 300SD, a '77 450SE and a '66 250S. Generally, they were all good cars. I do know that many years are hit or miss. I need something reliable. What would you all advise for a reliable MB for $10K or so?
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For $10k? A 2000-02 E320/430.

Can't beat a well sorted W210.
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It's a 1997. I've had an '83 300SD, a '77 450SE and a '66 250S. Generally, they were all good cars. I do know that many years are hit or miss. I need something reliable. What would you all advise for a reliable MB for $10K or so?
The best choice is a '99 E300. Find one with as few miles as possible (ideally less than 75K).
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I don't know I rather change spark plugs than pay Metric to extract glow plugs.


I doubt my friends head will leave Metric for less than $1,500. Havn't heard the final total yet...
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:09 PM
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Depends what you mean by "reliable"?

Are you looking for something you can maintain yourself, or are you looking for something where you never have to open the hood?
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:30 PM
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Depends what you mean by "reliable"?

Are you looking for something you can maintain yourself, or are you looking for something where you never have to open the hood?
I mean I don't mind doing a tune up, I don't want to be swapping a tranny.
I used to do ALL my own work. I even welded new cross members into my 250S. I just don't have time for it anymore.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:37 PM
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I mean I don't mind doing a tune up, I don't want to be swapping a tranny.
I used to do ALL my own work. I even welded new cross members into my 250S. I just don't have time for it anymore.
OK, then I agree that you probably want a fairly new e-class. Just shop for the best low mileage car you can find for your price.

Anything I would buy is likely to need a tranny replaced to make it "reliable."
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:47 PM
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The lifted skirt and perfumed inner thigh of the W140 simply keep me from ever totally ruling them out. I fear the evap more than any other issue. I'd rather replace the tranny.
I am also teased by the big body Bimmer, but would prefer a 735 to the 740. Would rather keep those cylinders all in a line......
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For $10k? A 2000-02 E320/430.

Can't beat a well sorted W210.
For $10K, I agree wholeheartedly.

I'd look for a 2000-2002 E320 / E430. The W210's have proven to be among the most reliable MB's ever produced.

The 722.6 5-speed transmission was completely sorted out by 2000 and bullet-proof. The a/c system almost never goes bad (evaporators don't leak like they do in W140's), the engines don't have oil leaks, the and the wiring harnesses are fine.

I have a 2001 E430, and I am averaging 19.7 mpg in mixed driving. In 100% freeway driving, I get 25 - 26 mpg. Not too shabby for a V8.

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