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HAven't identified one yet - interested in the Turbo Diesel Wagon as well - most i see are all under 200k.
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200 k means nothing on them if they are well maintained.
If you can afford go for 98-99 E300td. Those are much more comfortable and much safer cars giving the money back in fuel savings. You can find them in your price range.
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BTW I was buying MB diesels in Texas an Louisiana very cheap.
The main reason was that those states don't have good and affordable mechanics for those models.
Hope you are good DIY ?
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Not a bad DIY Guy - I've been tearing into my 08 Acura TL TYPE S - so I manage I can figure out the benz.

My problem is most of the cars I'm finding are in your neck of the woods - would you be willing to check a couple out for me if they are not to far from you?
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Funny that I am buying cars in Texas, flying there from California and you do opposite?
I might have logic explanation for it. As I said -Texas lack good MB mechanics and once the warranty on them expire -the prices drop like crazy and the cars are sold to other states.
In California industrial neighborhood you can find 3 MB mechanics in 2 blocks and with people appreciating them the 20-30 years old models, quite often in pristine condition are normal thing on the streets.
I will check the car for you if you find one in my neighborhood. I am in East Bay, we have few members on SF Peninsula.
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Funny that I am buying cars in Texas, flying there from California and you do opposite?
I might have logic explanation for it. As I said -Texas lack good MB mechanics and once the warranty on them expire -the prices drop like crazy and the cars are sold to other states.
In California industrial neighborhood you can find 3 MB mechanics in 2 blocks and with people appreciating them the 20-30 years old models, quite often in pristine condition are normal thing on the streets.
I will check the car for you if you find one in my neighborhood. I am in East Bay, we have few members on SF Peninsula.
Hey man - pm me what you bought and form where.
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Last time I bought in Texas was few years ago and it was 1993 model,
CA is always having higher prices on cars, so I think you look in wrong direction. If you are willing to travel, look for a deal like that eBay Motors: Mercedes-Benz : E-Class (item 180338659779 end time Mar-30-09 05:14:15 PDT)
Still learn how to observe some things in the listings. "Always garaged" car would not have headlights burned out by sunlight.
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way over the budget
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Actually, the OM603 used in some W140's (S350 in the 1990's) are known for bent rods. It is a very serious problem and stats with heavy oil consumption. MB had an improved version (stronger rods), IIRC.
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