These are great cars but they have some very expensive maintenance items
that if not already done, you will have to have them done.
1. Head gasket: $1K
2. Throttle actuator: $1.7K
3. Engine wiring harness: $900
4. Radiator: $350
5. Water pump: $650
6. AC evaporator (God forbid!): $2700
7. Mass air flow meter: $350
So far, I have had to do everything except the evaporator on my '94 wagon
with 100K miles.
Ask the seller what has been done and insist on seeing the proof. If the
above parts have been replaced, I feel a fair price for this car is around
Must be something wrong with them if it's typical for the head gasket to be
replaced at that age.
Though it's understandable that the following would have to be changed;
Throttle actuator, Engine wiring harness, Radiator, Water
pump, Mass air flow meter. Though at "only" 10 years...
Can't blame the car for that
My brother had a 260E with over 340K km after he sold it to a friend, that guy
is still happy with the car. Those were cars.
Ok, let me explain. The expensive repairs that I mentioned are necessary on
'93-95 E class with the M104 engine. Wiring harness and throttle actuator
go bad because they were manufactured using recycled plastic for wire
dielectric. It turns to powder and the wires short together. The car I had
before this one was an '88 300TE with the M103 engine that never gave me any
problems in 240K miles, too bad it was totaled one night when a lady with a
dog in her lap blew through a stop sign, I would have still been enjoying
that car. The '94 now that all of the repairs have been made drives like a
race car and in many ways is superior to the '88TE, way more power and 4MPG
better gas mileage.
Just use kbb.com, edmunds.com or nadaguides.com for pricing guideline...
edmunds.com tends to be more specific and most of time, reflect actual
Don't bother with "potential" cost of repairs... it is not your
responsibility to compensate for them... but if it is obvious that you got
that problem... it would be worth to consider partial cost discount.
The fact you got all service records will increase your value...
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