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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #1
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Anybody here own/work on a Benz?

The lease is up on my Durango next August, leaving us with a minivan and the Maxima. My wife doesn't care for the van all that much, and there's no way I'm buying another Durango or anything close to it. We're not towing much, so it's not worth having something like that, with it's 14mpg and all. I get sick of having 2 car payments so I want to pay cash for something used.

I like wagons, but she's picky about what she'll drive. You see, she was spoiled as a child, she had a pony and shit like that.. Subaru's are cool, but every hippie in Ann Arbor has one already, same with Volvo's. So I decided I want a MB e320, and it's something that a person who once had a pony would drive. Almost all of them have been owned by very old people, and all of them are down in Florida with low miles and super clean. I'm know they hold up forever but how hard are they to actually work on?




It seems there's enough e320 variations around where regular parts aren't terribly expensive. So, who has had any type of experience working on a Benz?
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:05 AM   #2
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in before sol goode calls mercedes the biggest peice of shit auto manufacturer ever.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:11 AM   #3
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People that drive a car like that don't work on them in there driveway.
I dont think your going to get much info around here.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:13 AM   #4
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People that drive cars like that... nevermind stan
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:14 AM   #5
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:16 AM   #6
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My parents recently retired their E320 4matic wagon in favor of a Lexus GS.

Theirs was the previous generation, though. Aren't the new ones 350s, now? If you are getting a new one, spend for the Bluetec 3.0 liter turbodiesel, it'll get over 40 mpg, and still do 0-60 under 7 seconds.

My parents' was always having issues. Problems with interior electronics in the cluster and radio. Driveline issues with the front suspension and axles.

It was a nightmare to work on the mechanical parts. Even the dealer had a hard time. Things like changing a front strut were a 3 day affair to diassemble half the front end. Its not designed for easy maintenence.

They liked the solidness, smooth quiet driver. But got sick of the maintenence problems and cost. Especially since they live 130 miles from the nearest MB dealer.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:19 AM   #7
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I would not buy one
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:31 AM   #8
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Sounds like I might have to think about something else.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:33 AM   #9
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If I were to get a wagon, I would go with the caddy myself
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Old June 11th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #10
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Am I the only benz tech on here? As long as you stay away from the first yaer of the bobdy change (03) the bugs have been worked out. The engines will run well over 100k with prop maint. which is not that much. 320s are nice 500 more fun 55 wagon is the sleeper from hell.469 HP SAE @ 6,100 rpm; 516 ft lb @ 2,650 rpm
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Old June 11th, 2007, 08:35 PM   #11
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It would be slow in 320 form.


Reliability would be fine. I think all the stupid people who have escalades to run Junior to school should have such a lovely sensible estate.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 08:50 PM   #12
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I am a MB tech. The engines and transmissions don't have many problems. The trans has a leak that they havent found the permanent fix for yet. parts cost less than $10 and add a 1/4 to a 1/2 quart of MB atf. The E classes also have SBC brakes (brake by wire) that sometimes can be a problem. The biggest problems are software issues between modules (there are alot!). Oh and 8.5 quart synthetic oil changes every 10K.

If you have any specific questions PM me, or are looking for a sales person I can hook you up with one.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:23 PM   #13
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I've never worked on those before, but I've worked on BMWs and they are a breeze...VW not so much. Typically though, most of the work is done at the dealer so service records are really good. When I was shopping for BMWs, most of them had all service history included.


oh and I have one of these for sale ..

Saab(subaru wrx)

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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:37 PM   #14
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The only one I ever worked on was a 1898 single cylinder, in a private collection in Saginaw. It seemed kind of crude. Maybe the newer ones are better ?
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Old June 12th, 2007, 10:41 AM   #15
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Sounds like I might have to think about something else.
Saab 9-2x, or 9-3 sport combi
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oh and I have one of these for sale ..

Saab(subaru wrx)

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Old June 12th, 2007, 10:59 AM   #17
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Old June 12th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #18
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um, that car is ugly. Buy rick's
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Old June 12th, 2007, 02:01 PM   #19
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Might as well by something good, like an Audi Q7!



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