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Help me choose between these 2 W210 E55

Hi fellas,
New to the board and was wondering if you all can help me decide between these 2 E 55's...
1)- '02 with 38K miles,2 owners...asking $35,000......distance 500 miles..will drive home...
2)- '02 with 29K miles,Navigation,1 owner,CPO until oct '08....Price...$38,000...distance 1700... transport $1300...total cost......$39,300
I have tired doing search to check on the reliabilty of these cars but couldn't find anything ( any issues ).
So,the second car with navigation,10K less miles and with almost 2 more years of CPO warranty really worth 5-6 grand difference..
Help greatly appreciated..
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Not to rain on your parade, but have you thought of a real nice E500 W124,
as a possible better and less expensive alternative?
because those were the last of the E class Mercedes cars built to a cost no object quality standard, and much more by the engineers than the bean counters, there is no question that there is a big difference here....

The verdict is pretty much in, the W124 series have proven to be much more reliable and durable in the long haul, compared to the W210.

The W210s are very handsome quiet and quick, but not without their problems.

The first one is the spring perch problem, many of these were inaedquately welded to the car, and it's a catastrophic problem. Added to the possibility of rust build up and you might have your front suspension vomiting onto the road at 60 mph, not pretty. Search the forum and also, see www.***************** for more on this.

I'm not sure if there was a factory recall (secret or not) for this or not, but if not, there should be.
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second the w124 suggestion......MB had a good thing in the w124,, 50/50 balance, inline 6, plus a sniper rifle type steering..
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Just got an e63 amg lol.
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I would evaluate the long term plans. The car with Navigation and lower mileage will have better resale value in couple of years. I doubt that poor navigation system will have good value in several years, since we already have much better and much cheaper systems on the market.
On the other hand nothing beats inspecting the car yourself before dropping the cash on the table. There is lot of misrepresentation on the sellers side.
When I was on the market for used ML55, I drove 60 miles to see "Very clean, almost new tires" one. Well ...one tire had bold side, there was no exterior panel without a scratch and bubble gum on the interior. I didn't ever bother to test drive.
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What he said ^^^^

I'd never buy a used car I hadn't personally seen. Unfortunately, "perfect condition" is a relative term.
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What he said ^^^^

I'd never buy a used car I hadn't personally seen. Unfortunately, "perfect condition" is a relative term.
So true, even a flood car is in "perfect" condition.........in Atlantis

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I would get the first one and use the money to get an aftermarket navigation and extended warranty

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I have looked long and hard for an E500E without ay success..The problem with the second car is that it's in CA and there's no way i can take 2 days off to just go look at the car but the good thing is it's at a Mercedes dealership..Any way i have a feeling that i might be paying bit too much for the seconnd car...
Still thanks for all the feedback...
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For the money involved, perhaps if you like the Calif. car, you should fly (or dirve with girlfriend or wife) and look at it anyway. 10 years ago, I spent over a year and after looking all over Northern California, couldn't find a black or burgundy or dark blue 560SEC that suited.

We got a lead in Los Angeles, and got up at 5am and drove there, about 500 miles, the car was misdescribed by Downtown LA MB, we went all that way for nothing, but there arfe about 20 dealers in southern California, Los Angeles being a hotbed for them, and we finally found one with 50k on it in pearl black with black leather, fully Starmarked warranty available, at the Benz dealer near Disneyland in the OC.

High book was $42k, Low book was $32k. We got it for $35,800, because the car had sat on the dealers lot for5 months, and they were sick of looking at it, and we made it very clear that we had driven all the way from San Francisco to buy a black SEC, but they only had ONE chance to sell it to us, the deal was struck and we drove it back, along with the old car driven by wife, following it.

There was no need for a PPI, because as a starmarked car, they'd REALLY fixed it up and serviced it, new battery, alignment, hydraulic spheres, power steering box, lots of $$$ put into it, and they gave me the work order and invoice for all the work. They had tried to sell it for top dollar but no one was interested. It's been a good car, I still drive it.

You could post again and see if anyone on Benzworld would be willing to look at and drive the car before you came to look at it. I have done it a couple of times when I lived in the city of San Francisco. Once for a woman in Chicago and again for someone in Florida.

Big money you are thinking of spending. So, get the best car you can for the money. All things being equal, I'd probably go for the one sold by a Mercedes dealer, there's more of a chance they'd be able to stand behind the car, and have a good, cherry picked trade in or lease return. And make sure there is no spring perch problem with the car. Important.

OR, if you really want one, keep looking for a late E500 / 500E. They are wonderful cars, with the highest build quality, and they ARE out there, probably the people on their website, www.500ecstacy.com, are checking out the autotrader, craigslist, ebay and other sources, everyday. The enthusiasts are ALWAYS looking and critiquing the cars for sale, and remember the very best of the best of these are often sold between and among forum members without being advertised at all.

Just on Benzworld and Mercedesshop I've seen at least half a dozen or more, in the last few months, get put up for sale.

More to think about. Good luck

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