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#1027 of 1173 2001 E430 - considering buying one
Mar 24, 2008 (6:26 am)
I am thinking about getting a 2000-2001 E430 4Matic - ideally something that's had one owner and probably has between 75,000 and 100,000 miles. My simple question is, would I be crazy to do this?
First, a little bit about me... I have always been in love Mercedes cars since my dad had a turbo diesel in the mid 80s. (Probably my favorite car ever for various reasons.) I am in my mid 30s and have a family - including two small kids and one on the way. My wife drives a large SUV crossover, which is what we normally drive when all of us are together. So, my car is mainly for my personal use -- the majority of it spent in my 5-day-a-week, 40-mile round trip commute to and from work. (Mostly highway miles.) I have a professional job that requires me to entertain (and impress) clients and prospective clients on occassion, so I need something with some "image" -- as superficial as that sounds. I live in St. Louis, MO - so while our winters are not as bad as they are in the northern states, we do get our share of snow and ice. This winter, we had about 10 days that were difficult driving conditions - 2 of them absolutely horrible. I also live on a hill. So, I do need something that can handle weather. (I actually had to walk about a half mile in swirling snow carring my 3-yr-old daughter because my current car couldn't make the climb. Never again.)
Maybe you're asking why a nearly 8 year old car, then? Mainly, I'm trying to remain budget conscious in these uncertain economic times... getting something within my means - while being able to enjoy the benefits of a well-made luxury car. In my research so far on my needs -- and my wants -- this seems like an option.
As I am a few months away from actually purchasing one... I'm trying to focus on what would be the likely cost of ownership and maintenance environment of something like this. Would it be a reliable car that can run and run as long as it is maintained with routine "grooming" and careful driving? Or this car at this age be ready to hit a spat of serious maintenance issues and be prone for many expensive trips to to the shop?
To that end, as I scout potential sellers in my area... what kinds of things should I be on the lookout for - regarding maintenance? Are there any tell-tale signs that the car is due for some expensive replacements, or other issues? Or is just really the luck of the dice?
Thanks. I really appreciate any insight you can share and your candid responses.
#1028 of 1173 Re: 2001 E430 - considering buying one [davexpert]
Mar 25, 2008 (9:58 am)
A 4Matic is definitely going to cost more to maintain and repair. I would get a 2 wheel drive and invest in a set of winter wheels and 4 good snow tires for winter. Also that would also give you better mpg. As far as maintenace goes,insist on service records and that they are up to date. After I bought the car I would have ALL the fluids changed. If you can, get a Certified Car from an MB dealer.
I believe that this would be a good start. Have been driving MB's since 1971 so I have had a little experience with them. After you find your car I would also join the MBCA as they have an excellent bi-monthly magazine which often features excellent tech articles. Lastly I would take my time and look for a car with closer to 50,000mi. on it. If you are patient you can find them. The MBUSA site has an excellent search program for preowned cars.
#1029 of 1173 1997 e300 diesel purchase
Mar 26, 2008 (7:46 pm)
I am considering purchasing a 97 e300 diesel. The car has 91,000 miles on it, one owner and has been flawlessly maintained. I need information concering reliability, problems, fuel mileage and maintainence associated with these cars. I currently own a BMW 7 series and it has been an excellent car (230,000 miles) but it's time to move on to something newer/cleaner. I was hell bent on buying another BMW until I found this car at a local Mercedes dealership. Can someone help, Thanks
#1030 of 1173 Re: 1997 e300 diesel purchase [ace18]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 27, 2008 (7:24 am)
Fuel economy should be about 28 mpg averaged out city and highway.
Reliability is typical Mercedes "iffy" but on a well maintained car probably okay. Certainly you'd want the car thoroughly checked out before you buy it.
Performance is modest but acceptable.
If you survived a BMW 7 series, you may be the man for this car---you have good luck!
Mar 27, 2008 (9:03 am)
Do I need to erased codes in A/C control unit before recharging it.
Freon is not going through after 50 PSI.
#1032 of 1173 E350 Sport package tires
Apr 03, 2008 (5:19 am)
I've got my car brand new 1 month ago and since that time ( 1200 miles) I changed two tires already. One - because i got pat whole, another was flat - not reparable. My mechanic says it's because sport package tires very gentle and sensitive. Does anybody else have this problem too ? I got tire insurance, so I hope they will pay me back my $270 I spent for second tire. Thanks for reply anybody.
Apr 15, 2008 (8:05 am)
Just found out that one of the front springs on my 2001 E320 has failed at the last turn of the coil. I have tried searching for replacements on the web but have had no luck. Does anyone know of a source for OEM equivalent or OEM front springs other than a local MB dealer?
#1034 of 1173 Front Springs Failure?
Apr 15, 2008 (10:22 am)
How do you know that they have failed?
#1035 of 1173 Re: Front Springs Failure? [snaglepus]
May 03, 2008 (7:44 pm)
The mechanic who replaced the front shocks saw the broken coil on one; I didn't say both had failed.
BTW, after hours of searching on the web for a source, I found only one parts house that had springs listed and I had to request a quote via email. They wanted $92 each plus $15 total for S&H. I called my local dealer and they had them in stock and sold them to me for $82 ea. No S&H...! I just had to drive 22 miles round trip to get them..
I have always liked my dealer for their fairness.
#1036 of 1173 find fuse #41 for fanfare and turn signals
May 19, 2008 (6:40 am)
I have a 1998 E320 4matic wagon. I have changed this fuse before but now can't find it!!!
I have looked in engine goes to #25, drivers side of dash 1-12, and under rear passenger seat.
Any clue what I did last time. Thanks