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Old 08-27-2002, 01:17 PM
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E420 vs E430 - what to look for? differences? W210


I am intersted in everyone's opinions and facts regarding the differences (mechanical and cosmetic) between the W210 E420/E430, and Sport packages available for each. Was there any particular "bad year" for that car?- also, which years were each produced?

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Old 08-27-2002, 05:45 PM
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The E420 was a one year car 1997, even though they came out in FEB 1996.
The M119 engine in the E420 has a "stronger" feel than the 1998 & later E430's(M113).
The W210 E430 just went out of production. IT will be replaced by the W211 E500!!
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Old 08-27-2002, 06:55 PM
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E420 vs. E430
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No bad years but the 4.3 has had some pulley problems. Also, plagued w/ MAS problems. The 4.3 is of coarse more mechanically advanced w/ twin spark twin coil per cylinder ignition. HP and torque are the same but 4.3 has more usable torque down low and over a broader rpm range. 4.2 has a m119 engine that could at 125-150k miles need a timing chain replacement. If I were you, I would pick the best condition car that has the best maintenance. Both these engines are rock solid motors that should each see/surpass 300k miles. As a fellow CA resident the SOHC 3Valve design in the 4.3 serves no function unless you park out side in cold mornings. The 4.2 is DOHC 4valve design that ultimately means more flow which translates into more power up high. Also, make sure you get the rear sunshade as well as some other creature comforts. I believe the E430 IN 2000, got a touch shift transmission. The best thing about the e430 is that you can bolt on a kleeman supercharger and end up w/ more than a e55
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