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Old 10-26-2011, 06:50 PM
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1996 E320

Friend of mine is looking at one with 130k miles for 3k. He knows I drive MB diesels so asked my opinion of it. I'm ignorant of non-diesel MB's. Can anyone offer up an opinion on this year/model/price? Also, any typical problems he should look for? Car was owned by an older woman who died and left it to a son or grandson in the will. He's selling it.

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Old 10-26-2011, 07:27 PM
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Seems a bit on the cheap side. Its got an M104 under the hood, which is a pretty solid engine. Like the M103 check for a the head gasket having been replaced if possible (and check to see if its blown with oil/antifreeze mix, smoke, etc). I believe 96 was also the last year of the wiring harness issues, so that would be a good thing to check for as well. The w210 has common spring perch failure so check for rust under the hood.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:35 PM
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96 is has an M104 inline 6. W210 is prone to rust if they salt the roads.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:59 PM
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Any chance of a PPI?

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Old 10-26-2011, 10:04 PM
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the words "harmonic balancer" come to mind, as well as "factory recall", so it's probably been fixed. but maybe i am confused? (it happens. lately, more frequently.) but, that's a good price. if i had 3K, i'd definitely look at it.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:09 PM
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Not fond of the 722.5 trans... get a 97 or newer with the 722.6....
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:42 PM
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M104 is going to start leaking from the head gasket if it hasn't been done already.

No wiring harness issues by this year, if I recall correctly.

More rust prone chassis than the W124, but only if it was subjected to the elements alot and not garaged or kept clean.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:59 AM
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Listen up: "old school" is now in session.

In July of this year I just picked up a last model year (a 1995) E 420 with 131k for $2995 and I absolutely love it.

Simple classic lines, absolute last of the cost no object build quality E class cars.



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I could have gotten a W210 class for the money but no way!
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Drivetrain is the same as the 124 E320 - M104 engine and 722.4 transmission. A bit long in the tooth these days, but definately bulletproof. No wiring harness issues, but head gasket remains as a possibility. No harmonic balancer issues, that was the early M112 V6 engines.

Definately have a PPI done. The 210 does not seem to be as rustproof as the 124. Otherwise, it is a nice driving and very comfortable car.

If I could find a 124 like JimB's for $3K, I'd buy it too. But most 124s are beaters now. At $3K, buy whatever is in decent shape and was halfway taken care of by the owner.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:12 PM
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Good cars, I find the W210's more DIY friendly than some of the older models.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:32 PM
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I thought that all US bound W210s had a 722.6....
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Not the first year.
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:00 AM
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You don't get much for $3000US these days. If it is a well kept car, what the hell?
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:38 PM
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I bought my E-320 with similar miles on it for around $10,000. This is steal!

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