I have the same car. Take it to a good MB mechanic and check:
- the AC (evaporator leak - can cost ~$1,800)
- head gasket ($$$$)
- Water pump (can cost ~$750)
- There was a TSB on the wiring harness
- Suspension (it's a heavy car)
Thanks for your input reg. the E320 wagon. Is 14K reasonable for this car?
Apparently blue book retail is 19K. Are you happy with the car? The engine
has good throttle response and pulls this heavy car with ease. I liked the
way the car drives and handles. I am thinking about buying the wagon to
replace my aging Saab9000 hatchback with high miles. I hear that the E320
engine has had more problems than the previous E300 (2 valve/cylinder) iron
The wagon we have is pretty good. My parents had the E300 wagon (1989) and
the engine in the E320 (95) seems a lot more powerful. Also, it is a very
safe car in the event of an accident (of course the one draw back is the
location of the passenger-side airbag since it occupies the space normally
used for a glove box).
As for engine problems, I don't know if there is a major difference between
the 300 and 320.
Good luck - I hope it works out well for you!
We have had a '95 E320 Wagon for the past 6+ years. I bought it with 19k
miles on it and it now has 96k. It has been a very servicable car with only
a few significant problems as follow:
- Water pump had to be replaced at 50k miles
- head gasket was replaced at 65k miles
- fuse block was replaced (under warranty)
- we are now wrestling with a "check engine" light that persists despite
replacement of air mass meter and O2 sensor (this is probably a function of
the thieving shop rather than the car
This car has taken 2 cross-country trips and is great on the road. Despite
the Texas summers the A/C cools very well. My suggestion is get the car
checked out by a mechanic and, if okay, buy it and enjoy it. I hope to have
my car on the road for another 50K+ miles.
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