Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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RE: Help...looking to purchase E-320 series model.
Hi, Deepster, and welcome to the forum.
I'd suggest you may be better off posting in the W211 forum, as that's the chassis for the cars you're asking about.
I own a W210 (2001 E320) and have been very happy with it. The 211 has had a few more problems but still are very good cars. (More bells and whistles equates to more things to go wrong.) MBZ is getting better all the time, but the 211 chassis was introduced right in the middle of their problems, so it was one of the ones that didn't live up to the rock-solid reputation MBZ had previously established. Again, it's still a very good car, one of the less troublesome models.
The 4-matics (AWD) are all okay, however note that if you plan on doing any mods the 4matic architecture will limit some of those, such as lowering and staggered wheel setups.
The Complimentary Maintenance program ran on all years until '05, basically it covered routine maintenance items (but not some things that wore out) for the term of the initial warranty (4 years, 50,000 miles).
As far as pricing, it's going to depend quite a bit on the car, it's options, mileage and condition, and whether you buy through a dealer with the StarMark MBZ warranty. A good general place to start is cars.com, you can sort by year, mileage, distance from you, etc. It will also let you see what the general asking-price market is in a region. In fact cars.com ultimately turned out to be the source that led me to the car I bought. I decided to go out of state, so I flew out, had it inspected and drove it back; I saved quite a bit of money since there's greater demand for MBZ's in my area.
Take care and enjoy the ride (when you get it!),