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Jan 26, 2001 (8:23 am)
We had two early 90's Es that were bought used. A 1991 300TE-4Matic that was bought with 60,000 mi and a 1992 300E-4Matic that was bought with 38,000 (a dealer car that was never sold). While the cars are very comfortable and handles very well even in the snow (92 was in Buffalo, NY), repair costs forced a sale of both cars. Both cars had the Mercedes Encore warranty. Even with the Encore on the 92, in the last year that we had the car (sold with 72,000 mi), we incurred close to $5,000 in out of pocket repair bills. The 91 was literally falling apart at 99,000 mi (in the last year out of pocket repair bills were $3,000 which did not include expensive repairs that were covered by Encore such as a warped cylinder head, 4Matic transfer case and several other things that I cannot recall right now). Although many of the repairs can be attributed to the old 4Matic system, many of the items were not. I would recommend at least a budget of $150/mo in repair costs on an "older" E. By the way, the 92 was replaced with a 1999 SLK230 (also had a 88 560SL with 25,000 mi that had never been in the rain but was in a head on accident when a 19 yr old driving an old Oldsmobile wagon cut on a left turn). The SLK was too small. We now have a 2000 BMW 528i and a 2000 MB 320-4matic. Hope this helps.
Jan 26, 2001 (10:26 am)
I'm thinking about getting the 17" AMG wheels for my 2000 e-320 4-matic as my next birtday present to myself (11 months away). I have the standard 16" wheels and Continental tires now. Can anyone describe the expected handling benefits. How noticeable? How much fun? etc.
#826 of 6720 to buy: 3.2 E or C
Jan 26, 2001 (10:52 am)
I have a 98E3.2 which my wife likes to drive better than her Volvo wagon. I'm planning to trade the wagon for a new MB C or E. I like the size of the E better but the C seems to have more modern features. Is there a revision planned for the '02 version of the E? Is it worth waiting for a change. I'm happy with the 98E.
#827 of 6720 What Options for the E320?
Jan 26, 2001 (2:59 pm)
I plan to purchse a new (2001) E320--with the 4-matic ( as I live in wintery New England).
Here are the options I have tentatively picked:
1.E2 (Bose sound, sun roof & rain sensor)
2. Front Heated seats
Am I missing something fairly essential? Can I install the CD myself at some point?
Is the extended warranty worthwhile?
Jan 26, 2001 (3:56 pm)
Looks like you have most things. The only things that I'd add are the HID Xenon headlamps (which come with heated headlamp washers for remotely blasting away the snow/ice from the headlights), the rear sunshade, as well as (maybe) the Parktronic system.
Yes, the CD changer can be added later on, but since it has a fibre optic interface, I don't know if I'd install it myself.
WRT the extended warranty, for MBUSA customers, you can purchase it as long as it is within 1 year of the vehicle's date of purchase. MB Canada customers can purchase it within the vehicle's normal 4 year/80K kms warranty period.
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#830 of 6720 Thanks for the replies...
Jan 26, 2001 (4:22 pm)
Thank you for your replies. I am not sure what I will wind up doing. I'll probably do a bit more research and maybe go out and look a bit but right now I'm leaning towards driving my truck yet another year and saving up more money. Perhaps I can save enough to get a 98 or so with low miles. Perhaps I am wrong but I think wagons are slightly less desirable around here (sfo bay area) and so the prices may be a little softer. I know there were a number of low milage white wagons around a while ago (95 vintage) that had been Mercedes Benz service vehicles. Do they use ML's now for that?
I wouldn't want to purchase the 4wd model of the wagon just because they're more complex and more stuff needs to be serviced and repaired. In one sense I do like the older inline 6 models as they were fairly easy to work on but of course they all have high milage now.
One stupid question from me to you owners:) Does the odometer on these cars go beyond 100k or does it just turn back to 0 at 100k?
In any case I'll keep looking and reading. Even though I cannot afford a new one, I do enjoy reading this forum.
#832 of 6720 installing optical CD player in trunk
Jan 27, 2001 (8:50 am)
It is a very easy process to do. All the contections are behind the driver side trunk cover. Just find the patch cable that is taped to the wiring bundle and plug into the CD player along with one end of the CD cable that you discontect,then plug other end into the exsisting cable to make the "loop" complete. Two screws go into frame (exsisting holes if you use factory CD frame) to complete the installation.
Jan 27, 2001 (9:03 am)
I switched to the 17" wheels with Michelin XGT's on my 00 E320.
The ride is a little harsher but it handles the corners better.
My motivation though, was the look. The 17" rims and lower profile tires give it a much sportier appearance.