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Old 02-13-2019, 10:19 PM
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My brother has been driving a 2009 E350 4matic (722.6) for 3+ years and almost 50k miles.....zero repairs....at all. Has almost 125k on it now

My dad has an early 2007 (built in 06) E350 wagon and it has been reliable but did have the balancer issue (was taken care of a while back pre-purchase)....only repairs have been thermostat and the cam adjuster magnets (in 25k miles of driving)
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:37 PM
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I wish I could have found an '09 but currently none are for sale near me. By then, the bugs were worked out.



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My brother has been driving a 2009 E350 4matic (722.6) for 3+ years and almost 50k miles.....zero repairs....at all. Has almost 125k on it now

My dad has an early 2007 (built in 06) E350 wagon and it has been reliable but did have the balancer issue (was taken care of a while back pre-purchase)....only repairs have been thermostat and the cam adjuster magnets (in 25k miles of driving)
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:59 AM
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I spoke too soon on the '09 -- one just appeared and I plan to see it today.

Only concern is that it has 90K miles, vs the ~60K of the '07 & '08 I am considering.

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Old 02-14-2019, 12:11 PM
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I went through this search when my 210 was being sold. The consensus was a 211 4matic with the 5 speed trans. I got her with 86k miles and she was always dealer serviced. I couldn't be happier. Its a fine car. I'm at 130k now and have had minimal issues. For the money, it is really the best car buy of my car owning life.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:13 PM
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The '08 won.

I liked the '09 (was a silver sport/AMG package) but it was perhaps a bit too sporty for my taste. Plus it had a lot of cool extras that I would never use, like the SD card slot, paddle shifters, and a more-complicated Command system. Not to mention the 90K+ miles.

The '08 was an Avantgarde version with a sport package also, and 18" 10 double-spoke rims, which is more my style. Plus it had only 51K miles.
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Congrats! Pics?
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:40 PM
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Congrats! Pics?
Somehow I clicked "edit" instead of "quote" ... and over-wrote my last post.

After saying I would try to take snapshots tomorrow, when I had downtime, I said something about some faint vibration in the front tires and was speculated it was either a tire or bent rim issue. After noting the fronts are Pirelli P6 (which are borderline crap), I am leaning towards them as the cause.
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2001 E430 4matic, 206,xxx miles, Black/Charcoal
1995 E320, 252,xxx miles, Black/Grey
1989 260E, 223,00 miles, Black/Black
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:42 PM
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Finally some downtime and nice weather. (Pics below)

I've put 1500 miles on it so far and am now at 53K even. I am still adapting to it but so far find it to be faster than I expected, with a louder, more aggressive exhaust note -- which I don't always hear because I am loving the Harman Kardon sound system (with Sirius XM a plus).

Work Done:
1.) Changed oil to LiquiMoly 2332
2.) Added LiquiMoly Cera Tec
3,) Replaced all 4 center caps
4.) Changed cabin air filter
5.) Washed and waxed.

To-Do:
1.) Replace Pirelli P6's up front, because they feel like crap (but perform well).

2.) Install Brembo ceramic pads all around, because I will not be breaking my back cleaning brake dust. Also, Brembo ceramic pads, from what I am reading, perform as well as MB/Jurid pads.)

3.) Polish Headlights. There is nothing visibly wrong with them but, with my face very close, I can see small scratches and imperfections. I want to get ahead of, and prevent, any future hazing issues.








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2001 E430 4matic, 206,xxx miles, Black/Charcoal
1995 E320, 252,xxx miles, Black/Grey
1989 260E, 223,00 miles, Black/Black
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:45 PM
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Looks good. I don't know if it has air matic but Arnott sells coil spring kits that eliminate the air bags and stuff.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:51 PM
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Looks good. I don't know if it has air matic but Arnott sells coil spring kits that eliminate the air bags and stuff.
No air matic on this one (nor SBC). The 4-matics also retain the 722.6 transmission, all the aforesaid weighing heavily on my decision to get this car.

Had I known about Arnott previously, however, I may have looked harder for an E500 since there is something I have always liked about them.
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2008 E350 4matic / Black/Anthracite

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Gone but not Forgotten:
2001 E430 4matic, 206,xxx miles, Black/Charcoal
1995 E320, 252,xxx miles, Black/Grey
1989 260E, 223,00 miles, Black/Black
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Stay as far away from the Airmatic as possible.

I had a 2004 E500 Wagon with the Airmatic and it was the most expensive car I owned due to it.

Arnot usually doesn't have rebuilt OE shocks in stock- you have to send them the ones you pull out for rebuild with a 3 week turn around. They have their own replacement air shocks , but those don't have the active damping functionality.
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Stay as far away from the Airmatic as possible.

I had a 2004 E500 Wagon with the Airmatic and it was the most expensive car I owned due to it.

Arnot usually doesn't have rebuilt OE shocks in stock- you have to send them the ones you pull out for rebuild with a 3 week turn around. They have their own replacement air shocks , but those don't have the active damping functionality.
You can always convert it to conventional coil springs.
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