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Old 09-22-2004, 11:43 AM
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1995 S320LWB, Lust or Love

Please tell me why I need this car. I am an old MB diesel guy, but I think I am in love..
This car is in excellent condition, 140K
Pros and cons as I know nothing about this model
Average price for private owner sale?
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Old 09-22-2004, 05:23 PM
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You like really big cars.

You like full control of ACC blower.

You like warm air from the dash vents.

You find the W123/4/6 ride too firm.

You find the W123/4/6 steering too heavy.

The cautions are that 1995 was a bad year for engine wiring harnesses. The cost to replace the wiring harness ranges from $400 DIY to $800 at a shop.

The engine might be subject to incurable head gasket problems. Not dibilitating problems, but persistent oil leaks.

The W140 is known for needing expensive AC evaporator replacement. More common in the early years, less common in the later years. 1995 is in the middle.

The 5-speed AT (722.6?) is not as mature as the 4-speed (722.3/4).

Little things can and do go wrong with the car - door and trunk closing assist, trunk latch, stereo amplifier, etc. Service typically costs more because parts are more complex and cost more - hydraulic engine mounts and suspension bushings, etc. The halogen bulbs in the c-pillar reading lights are something like $12 each! But you can get a tan when all the interior courtesy lights are on

Depending on condition and completeness of service records, you should be able for find one for $12-14K.

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Old 09-22-2004, 05:36 PM
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as Sixto has pointed out the biggies,
the trick is to find one that the Evap, Head Gasket, and Wire harness have been done already..most are of the age that they have been addressed, but ask for 'Der Papers" and see for yourself..
The rest is bearable and they are cooool, if you like a big car.
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Old 09-23-2004, 11:24 AM
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thanks, and I do love big cars, your information is helpful.
I believe he is asking too much, 20K, despite its clean condition, I have not asked about the service issues yet.
I will let it sit for awhile and see if the price comes down, for now, daily driving in my trusted 84 300SD
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Old 09-23-2004, 12:00 PM
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Twenty thousand dollars is an absurd price for that car. I think it's worth half that at most.

Not really a plug, but here's a comparison. My brother is selling his 1997 S320 LWB sedan. It has 55K miles and just came of Starmark last month, so everything works. I believe he is asking about $22K. A two year older car with almost 100K additional miles shouldn't fetch more than half that amount.

BTW, which transmission does the '95 have? I know the 722.6 wasn't out yet. Does it have the funky 722.5 5-speed automatic?

- JimY
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Old 09-23-2004, 02:01 PM
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I agree, Kelly BB has it as 10-13K
Not sure of the tranny,but unless he comes down 8-10K probably not worth my effort
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Old 09-24-2004, 09:57 AM
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I agree that 20K is too much for that vehicle. One does have to keep in mind that prices are a lot higher in some parts of the country than others. Just for reference, I paid an almost identical amount for my 95 S600 last year. It is in great condition, and had 109K miles on it.
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Old 09-24-2004, 09:50 PM
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The 1995 S 320 had the 722.508 transmission.

From 1996 on the S 320 was equipped with the 722.605

By the way, the local M-B dealer is selling a 1994 S 320 LWB with ONLY 18,000 miles on it (Yeap, no typo here).

The car is FULLY equipped with ALL power features INCLUDING the rear electric reclyning bench seat and sunshade.

W140s are not particuarly appreciated here because of their fuel consumption (fuel price is outrageous) and of very high yearly owner taxation, so they appreciate hugely.

The car is being sold for US$28,000.00 If you consider that here there is a 70% tax on new cars and a 50% tax on imported used cars, it would mean that if the car would be selling in the States the adjusted price would be US$14,000.00
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