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Old 06-09-2004, 08:01 PM
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considering buying a 95 E320 Wagon, what can you tell me?

I know this is the tech board, but I'm contemplating the purchase of a 95 E320 Wagon with 120K on it. I used to own a 87 300E, loved it but sold it because we didn't need three cars and it was the older of the bunch. I do miss it, since I'm a DYSer, I don't mind minor work.

So those that know about this car, what could I expect from it? Is it easy to work on like my 300E was? What problems should I be looking for? What quircks does this car have... if any?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-09-2004, 09:28 PM
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There are many threads covering this issue and I am sure if you do a search you will find a lot of help.

Although, since I own the type, I can tell you quickly:

1/- Be sure the A/C evaporator is working properly (good A/C cooling and no leaks). Although the evap on W124s did not leak as bad as on W140s, I had to change mine on my wagon when it was only two years old and with less than 10,000 miles on it (the work was done under warranty).

2/- Rear self leveling suspension. Do a test drive, be sure ride is NOT bouncy at all. Check for leaks EVERYWHERE. Any work on this subject could mean $$$.

3/- Check for water filtration. Wagons, don't know why, tend to leak badly on window seals (especially at the rear side windows at the cargo bay area).

4/- Fold the rear seat and check the all the parts work fine and effortlessly.

5/- Check for all the infamous oil leakages in the 104 engine.

6/- Be sure the auto transmission shifts smoothly and there no serious leaks of hydraulic oil.

7/- Check all electrical systems (windows, radio, antenna, etc.) These are not as realiable as there should be. Be sure BOTH rear speakers (installed on doors) work.

8/- Check the sunroof, also an Achiles heel on this type.

Hope these hints can help you.
A. Rosich
CL 500, 1998
S 500 L, 1998
E 320 T, 1995 [Sadly sold ]
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Old 06-09-2004, 11:12 PM
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thanks for the good heads up

appreciate your good info.
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Old 06-10-2004, 09:13 AM
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(9) Engine wiring harness....made from recyclable materials (what a good idea!) and the wire insulating material decomposes. In fact the whole car has this type of wire but the deterioration happens faster when the wires are exposed to heat (ie engine). Hopefully it was replaced or it's approx $700 for the part alone. This will almost certainly need to be replaced if it hasn't already. Telltale sign.... check wires coming into top of thermostat housing for insulation cracks.

(10) Throttle actuator. Same problem as above, but doesn't seem to have the same high failure rate as the wiring harness. Don't worry until you notice symptoms. But part is $1000!

(11) OVP (OverVoltage Protection) relay; a smallish electrical part located just aft of the battery. Original part was defective and should be replaced (it probably has with 120K on it). Do a search for part #s, it's only $30 or so, simple plug in item.

(12) Misc electrical gremlins recurring rather frequently. The most recent in my case is my climate control unit (the push-button unit on the dash).

By the way, a new AC evaporator will run >$2K. Be prepared to shell out some $$ unless some of this stuff has already been done!

1995 E320 wagon
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Old 06-10-2004, 01:35 PM
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gee whiz

talking me right out of it LOL. This is all great stuff. I haven't made a decision whether or not to purchase it yet, BUT before I do, I'm taking it to a trusted MZB mechanic that I know of close by to have him look at it. Thanks again guys.

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