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Old 01-12-2001, 03:39 AM
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Just bought a 95 S420 with 102K miles. The car seems to be running without any problems. I am considering purchasing a MB warranty for maybe a couple of years "just in case". Good idea?? Any major repairs I should be expecting in the next 50K miles that "typically" happen in this model that folks have experienced?
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Old 01-12-2001, 06:24 AM
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I know that For me it would depend on what the warranty would cover, for how long, for how many miles, and how much it would cost.

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Old 01-12-2001, 07:48 AM
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The w140 is one of the most expensive Mercedes to maintain since the 600. I know a few people with these cars and they were glad they paid more for the warranties. It is easy to run up a bill of 4-5 thousand on these car for repairs. Also, a warranty gives you the luxury of having any covered problem major or minor fixed right away. You'll never put it off until you have more cash and you'll never have to decide to do one repair instead of another. I still believe that car companies must make a profit or at least break even with the warranties, so some people will get more than they pay for and others will get less from their warranties. I think a w140 owner would be one of the ones to get more out of it.

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Old 01-12-2001, 08:37 AM
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Buy it, you will need it. The warranty is only small cost compare to ANY single repair cost.

I took my 95 140 for an aligment at 69K mile, the car needed to replace lower control arm bushings, motor mount, and transmission mount. The bill was $1400.00. Of couse, if I did not have warranty, I would repair the mounts myself, and wait a little long to fix the bushings.

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Old 01-12-2001, 09:48 AM
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Extended warranty

I second the opinion of buying the extended warranty for a 140....mine has paid 8 times the cost of the warranty .
wait till you need an evaporator core..about $3000.00 to fix.....I would not even consider a 140 without a warranty unless the price was an absolute steal

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Old 01-13-2001, 03:55 PM
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I can't comment on MB warranties, but when I bought my '92 Aerostar from a Ford dealer in 1996, it had 56K on it, and seemed to be in great shape. It had passed a 126 point pre-sale used car inspection, and I wouldn't have bought the warranty. Fortunately for me, my credit union insisted. The warranty I got was a bumper-to-bumper that covered everything except the exhaust system and "sacrificial" parts like brake pads. I spent $1200 for 3-yr, 36,000 mile coverage. In those 3 yrs, the dealer made close to $6k in repairs to the Aerostar, including replacing a cylinder head.

If you can get an extended warranty on a car with 100K miles, depending upon the cost, coverage, and period covered, I'd grab it. I won't buy another nearly new car without one.
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Old 01-15-2001, 02:43 PM
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Longston, Turnne1, Kuan, Jylee, 420SEL, Ashman --thank you all for the input. I truly appreciate the information.-jimSF
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Old 01-15-2001, 06:06 PM
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Jim,

If you find a company that offers Extended Warranties over 100k could you let us know?

I am shopping as well. I know companies do offer this (very few) but you really pay a high price for it. I found a company months ago on the Web but forgot to Bookmark the site.

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Old 01-15-2001, 06:29 PM
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roas,

I found a company on the web:
http://www.autowarranties.com/index.shtml

They gave me quote of $795 for Mechanical(5 yrs, 100K miles extended) and $1200 for Components (2 yrs, 24,000 miles).

I am unsure which Mechanical and Components are of concern for the 140. I understand from a some of the members that the Evaporator and instrument cluster would be likely candidates.

The company above claims to cover all used vehicles up to 150K miles, but I haven't made a decision to sign up yet. There are limitations to the coverage which may basically offset the advantage of having the coverage. I'll keep you folks posted if I find another deal for hi mileage 140s.-jim
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Old 02-05-2002, 09:54 PM
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JimSF,
I too recently purchased a '96 S420 with 70k+ miles.
My c/u offered a warranty that is good up to 100k, after that you're on your own.I also looked for aftermarket extended warranties.They were very expensive for my car($2800us) for
12 mos or 12,000 miles.I don't know about you, but I bought a
Mercedes to put 20k+ miles a year on it.So this option would get expensive real quick.
Yes W140s are expensive to repair,but they are worth
it.Comfort,confidence,and pride have a price.Just had to replace
rearview mirror to the tune of $800.NO REGRETS.
If you still want to shop for yourself; do a search for
extended warranties.I went to(browse only) warrantybynet,
platinumplus,etc........the problem(expense) lies in the mileage
of our cars.I think for owners of lower mileage cars there may
be deals out there.Good Luck
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Old 02-06-2002, 03:31 PM
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Hi Pete,

I now have 128K on my 95 S420 and have been really fortunate not to have any problems since I bought it at 101K last year.

I had a scare with the evaporator earlier and I thought there was the noted "big problem" associated with it in earlier years of our model W140, but a couple of cans of 134a with sealant fixed the problem.

I did not purchase the extended warranty because most only offer them for cars with less than 100K miles. So far, the car is running great and has no problems. My hope is that it remains that way for a long time. As a preventive measure I change the oil often and do regular maintenance religiously.

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Old 02-06-2002, 09:09 PM
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Thumbs up Extended warranty

If you can find one I would buy it. I have a 1993 140 600 sedan that had a Western Diversified warranty that was really helpful.

I bought this car about 2 years ago with 60000 miles on it. In the last year I had the ighnition switch replaced($500), the power steering /hydraulic pump replaced($2700) and the engine harness($2600). All covered with this warranty.

I plan to keep this car another year or two and recently purchased coverage from Warrantybynet.com at 87000 miles. Its good for 2 years and another 30000 miles. It cost about $2400.

I reviewed the service done on this car with the MB dealer before I bought it to be sure that it had been properly serviced. I found out the the trasmission had been rebuilt and the evaporator had been replaced.

These cars are expensive to maintain and I would highly recommend some kind of coverage.
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Old 02-06-2002, 10:17 PM
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JimSF, Pete again;thanks for the link.This company seems to be
a lot more reasonable than the ones I found earlier.The one that
covers engine/tranny for 5years/100k miles"FROM DATE OF
PURCHASE"! for under a grand sounds like a no brainer.When my
warranty runs out with c/u early next year,I'm definitely going to get this one and maybe look into one of the others.Thanks again for the link.Pete
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Old 02-07-2002, 09:39 AM
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Don't be fooled by a low price...sometimes you get what you pay for......I think the best plan of action is to find a dealer who had filed a claim with company and find out how the service has been on claims over say...$2000 or so......that should be a good indication of how service is......and with a 140 a $2000 repair is nothing unusual

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Old 02-07-2002, 02:56 PM
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I couldn't agree more with what has been said. I had an 92 300SE and purchased an extended warranty for $1,300 two and half yrs. ago. It had 51K on it at the time. At 83K and over $17,000 (not a misprint) later I was happy to get rid of it. It was all covered by the warranty and the dealership was great. But, the 140's have loads of electrical gremlins in them among other potential problems. Others have noted here that they seemed to get "better" after the 95's came out. If you have the time and money, they're something else to drive!
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