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#2887 of 6720 1994 E320 Newby
Jan 09, 2002 (7:20 am)
This is my first attempt as a participant of any kind of forum. After having read many of the messages at this Mercedes forum, I am impressed with the level of meaningful and thought provoking advice that is given.
I am a first time owner of a MB. After Christmas, my wife and I seriously shopped for newer Toyota Camry's (6 cyl models) and ended up with the E320 (purchased at a Toyota used car lot). It was the best bang for the buck we could find, I hope. The car was garage kept and the owner left all the service receipts in the trunk. We even called the owner and grilled him with questions. The car was near show room perfect. No body repair of any kind. 84,500 miles. Dealer asked $18990. Offered $14,000 and ended up getting it for $14,500 (no trade or dp) after all the dickering. There is an advantage to shopping just after Christmas when they need to reduce inventory.
Had to put new tires all the way around and replace one stoplight bulb. I think I got a good deal???
Have put about 600 miles on it in two weeks and couldn't be more pleased with the ride, noise level, seating comfort. However, I experienced a problem with the windows fogging on the inside during a very humid and chilly condition. Anyone else run into this problem and what is the correction?
Also, after having purchased the car, I am concerned about the possibility of having to have the head gasket changed at some point. Have read that it is not uncommon for the gasket to fail and oil leaking out of and/or into the engine. Is this a weak point?
#2888 of 6720 Re: 1994 E320 Newby by pearls
Jan 09, 2002 (8:28 am)
Congratulation on your E320. I still own 1989 300E, same design with less hp than yours. IMO, 1986-1994 E class is the best MB ever made in terms of design and quality.
My 300E requires minimal services, still running well at 125k. I replaced steering joint at 80k, installed new sparkplug wires, and changed starter at 120k.
You don't have to change the gasket unless you have terrible oil consumption and leakage.
#2889 of 6720 re: 1994 E320 Newby
Jan 09, 2002 (10:05 am)
I have no fogging problems with my car but, in general, when the windows fog on the inside quite often the climate control is in "recirculate" mode. Make sure the system is set to provide outside air. Running the AC (on the 2001 I drive it's always on unless I put it in economy mode) will help clear it.
Up here in NH you see it all the time in the cooler months. People who don't realize what happens when the system is in recirculate mode put it there thinking the car will warm up faster. Seeing people driving around with vehicles that are completely fogged up looking thru little holes they've rubbed clear...you can only scratch your head.
Otherwise you've got some other source of moisture getting into the passenger cabin.
Jan 09, 2002 (11:09 am)
Its been a while since here and glad to see it still is being used since big defection.
I have a silver 01' E 430 that now has 16.5k miles.
The oem tires were the goodyear f1's which in my opinion is a great tire, but is too much tire for the car. It ran great in agressive but for the most part I found it very noisy. With no all season capacity I lucked out last winter, but needed to to change in the face of bad weather.
I have the 17' rims. I replaced with yokohama avs db's which is an ultra performance all season tire. I notice no difference in cornering, yet the tire is remarkable in its comfort and its claim for being quiet. I expect better miliage and should last alot longer. The F1's were never a consideration for replacement as they are very expensive and not multitask. Some whom have tweaked the suspension for performance and not be bothered by the noise would love the goodyear.
The yoko were reasonable in cost as local dealer matched tire rack cost. I bought the car for its balance of comfort and performance, and these tires better fit my description. They also look great with an agressive pattern and attractive sidewalls.
The mich's are very good but they can be alittle noisy. Also they were priced about 50% higher.
Tire rack is an excellent place to read comments and review regarding these choices.
In all I have had not issues with the vehicle and enjoy it.
Jan 09, 2002 (11:19 pm)
I agree with your opinion on the W124 E-Class. The car simply defined what "Mercedes" was better than any other sedan they produced. Only the current R129 SL is more Mercedesish to me. I wonder if Mercedes knew how much people loved that E-Class? I wish they would re-issue these cars...especially the E500!!
#2892 of 6720 Cloudy HL lenses
Jan 10, 2002 (5:08 am)
I have a 1994 E320 and am noticing a slight clouding of the head light lenses. I know this is not uncommon for plastic lenses to cloud due to ultra violet light attacking them. Dealerships have magic performed on many of their trade-ins in that small door dents are removed and lenses are restored to original via buffing agents. Have any of you tried buffing lenses with a light rubbing compound followed with a polishing agent?
#2893 of 6720 COMAND/CD changer question
Jan 10, 2002 (12:28 pm)
I have a 2002 E320 with COMAND/CD-changer. Does anyone know how to turn off the CD player but still be able to use the COMAND feature? Thanks.
#2894 of 6720 E320 Wind Noise
Jan 10, 2002 (12:41 pm)
I have a 2001 E 320 and a 2002 Lexus ES300. The Lexus is more quiet on the road and freeway. I prefer the E 320 increased road feel over the Lexus but that is a matter of opinion. Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus all drive and feel different. YOU SHOULD TEST DRIVE EACH AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. Some things I have noticed with my cars you may want to consider: the Mercedes Transmission with electronic manual shifting is reason alone to buy the car!! Lexus does not have it! Lexus ride, seat comfort, and quietness are better than the Mercedes. I finally prefer the rear drive of the Mercedes. Test and let us all know what you decide.
Does anyone know if the new 2003 E Series will have the ABC suspension that is now optional on the S Class and standard on the CL AMG ?
#2895 of 6720 Mobil1 0W40
Jan 10, 2002 (4:45 pm)
Where to buy Mobil1 0W40? The local dealership here in Washington state said they have not even seen 0W40 oil yet it is only available on paper.
I live on west coast in Washington state. There are no Mobil stations here. I have also called 1-800-FOR-MERCEDES and they said they do not know where to get it from. I have also tried stores like NAPA, Schucks...
Mercedes recommends 0W40 for E430 so could someone please tell me if they know where to buy Mobil 0W40 synthetic oil from?
Jan 10, 2002 (5:42 pm)
At my dealer's recommendation, I used Mobil1 0W30 when I changed the oil myself in my 01 E430. It is readily available. I bought it at Pep Boys. If you scroll up through recent posts, though, you will come across a mail-order site for Mobil1 0W40.
You will need to purchase the oil filter wrench and filter from the Mercedes dealer. Someone also recommended a new spring washer for the drain plug.
The procedure for changing the oil can be found at http://www.mercedesshop.com/diy_oil_change2.htm
Although it recommends syphoning out the old oil with a "Topsider", I just drained it from the oil plug, which is accessible by removing a plastic shroud under the car. I didn't jack up the car, just crawled under it.