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Old 09-06-2006, 05:00 PM
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Looking at E420 or 400E

Dear M-Shop denizens -

Does anyone have a punchlist of items to especially check on the V8 W-124's. ?? I am power starved. Anything that is particularly troublesome?

My 2.6 is getting very tired, and don't have time to put into it. The body and interior are both 8's if anyone is interested. 225K Miles White/Grey/Palomino

Needs - minimum stem seals,
Near future, T-Chain and Rails
One noisy lifter that doesn't want to quiet down anymore when warm (like it used to).
Will need 2 tires soon.
Brakes good
AC Fair
Still wants to go all day
New TC tensioner, Belt, Belt Tensioner, and an idler pulley.
Shocks last Year

Marc G.
Poolesville MD
(Near DC)

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Old 09-06-2006, 05:43 PM
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I had a 95 E420. Great car, smooth and powerful. Mine came with virtually all service records and was one owner. The exterior and interior shape and appearance will tell you a lot about how it was cared for plus a clean engine compartment. Only issue I had at 60,000 miles was the dreaded A/C evaporator replacement. Everything else was just normal maintenance items, like dist caps, rotors, regular oil changes, yearly brake fluid change.
95 E420 ( 76K) SOLD
85 380SE(125k)
95 SL500(72k)
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:54 PM
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Location: Sarasota, Fl.
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Check the wiring harness.
Make sure the P/S doesn't leak.
Make sure the trans. engages nicely, and into reverse in a timely manner.
If you test drive, turn it off a few times here and there, after getting up to speed - see if you can make it trip a Code 19 check engine light.

Get ALL repair records and go through them!
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09 Jetta TDI
1985 300D
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:29 AM
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Bryson City NC
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Great cars ! will keep a smile on yer face! and a bigger one when you push the GO PEDAL!!


95 E420 BigBlue
500E Sway bars
2001 C Class 16 in. Rims
KYB Struts and shocks
Rear spoiler
American Stitches Wheel
Bigred 99 F250 Powerstroke
JVC EXAD Mp3 player

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