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Old 09-01-2006, 01:54 PM
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2001 E430 Sport

I'm considering buying a 2001 E430 Sport with 50k in excellent conditon. I talked to the mechanic who maintained it. Price 20K. Any feedback about reliability and such....

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Old 09-01-2006, 03:22 PM
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I have an '01 E430 Sport and its been flawless in the 6k miles and 5 months that I've owned it. (current mileage -- 50k)

Things to watch for at that age:
  • motor mounts
  • MAF sensor (can go out at any time)
  • multi-function display pixelation problems (00-02 specific; temp and time/gear setting pixels become garbled .. easy DIY fix as opposed to replacing cluster)
  • good time to replace factory "no scheduled maintenance" transmission fluid if not already done
  • window regulators known to snap although I've had no problems
  • change dust filter behind glove box if needed ... restricted air can overheat your blower regulator
  • inquire with dealer to determine if your harmonic balancer is on the recall list -- mine wasn't.. just missed the cutoff
  • decent 235/45/17 tires aren't cheap

Can't think of anything else. They're solid cars if maintained properly and very fun to drive. $20k is a good price depending on its condition considering this model's MSRP was ~$60k. What color is the car and what options does it have if you don't mind me asking?

Good Luck and welcome to the board
'01 E430, Sport 72,000 mi
'98 C280, 126,500 mi
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Old 09-01-2006, 04:32 PM
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2001 E430

Paul, thanks for the info. I appreciate it. Actually, my fiancee is on her way to pick up the car. I will let you know how it's outfitted soon since I really don't know all the particulars till later in the day. The mechanic who serviced it would buy it if I didn't. It's a dark midnight blue, Dennis

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