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1995 E Class Convertible

I want to purchase a 1995 E converttibel. Will someone point me to the pros and cons and what to look for when examining one of these cars. I have a 1996 sedan with 80,000 kms and it is not only a joy to drive but has been bulletproof...touch wood. I expect the convertible to be the same?

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What region are you located in? Are you talking about a W124 E320? Yes? If so, pick one that is in good shape, no rust, low mi/km, service history, 1 owner if possible, and make sure everything works on it! The top can be costly to trouble-shoot and repair. Overall this was a solid car, just make sure it wasn't abused.
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Thanks for the note. I'm in central Canada but am looking at cars in the USA (ebay)...southern cars, Florida, Texas and Georgia. There are some very low miles cars around but with $30K+ price tags. And the comment from my Benz dealer in Victoria comes back to me...aged cars with low miles = lot rot. How many hoses and other rubber items need replacement as well as brake lines, exhaust systems, electrcal, etc. Perhaps a car that is driven regularly with a service history even though it might have higher miles would be a better buy in the long run?

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Thanks for the note. I'm in central Canada but am looking at cars in the USA (ebay)...southern cars, Florida, Texas and Georgia. There are some very low miles cars around but with $30K+ price tags. And the comment from my Benz dealer in Victoria comes back to me...aged cars with low miles = lot rot. How many hoses and other rubber items need replacement as well as brake lines, exhaust systems, electrcal, etc. Perhaps a car that is driven regularly with a service history even though it might have higher miles would be a better buy in the long run?

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Rubber is going to age no matter how much the car has been driven or not driven. If you are picking one up out the south, dry rot or UV exposure could be an issue. However, there were a bunch of the these cars sold to collectors or super rich people in Palm Beach and Naples. I've seen many of them. They cars have super miles and were maintained regardless of cost. They were often stored in A/C controlled garages. I would wait until 2010 to purchase one if I were you, because it will be exempt from Canadian regulations. Anything over 15 years of age can be imported into Canada with minimal hassle. Otherwise you are going to have modify this car to meet stupid regulations and pay import duty and a whole bunch of other taxes.
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The 15 year requirement is from the date of manufacture, so the 1995 models started turning 15 earlier this month. Of course the 94 is essentially the same vehicle and all of those would now be more than 15 years old. I think it's a good plan - there are some good cars in the U.S. and they are undervalued.
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Thanks. You saved me a lot of grief. I went to the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles site and any MB between 1995 and 2000 cannot be imported. So I'm focused on the 1994's. Any difference between '94 and '95 models?

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The only difference I'm aware of between the 94s and 95s is the finish of the 8 hole wheels - 94s are silver painted and clearcoated, 95s are polished and clearcoated. 95s might look a little shinier but I don't think they hold up quite as well, but not a huge issue either way. No reason to eliminate the 95s - just have to watch the production date, which is posted on the driver's door jamb and listed on the VMI.
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I don't think there were any W124's produced in the 1995 physical year. W124 production ended in mid to late 94, as Europe got the W210 in mid 1995. The 95's we got in North America were all built the second half of 1994. You should be all set, unless Canada goes by the title year date? Not sure.
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Look for the usual W124 issues

Look for the usual W124 issues. If my memory serves me correctly:

1. Head gasket.

2. Wiring harness.

3. air conditioning evaporator.

When you get into a W124 you are considering, insert the ignition key and turn it on BUT NOT TO THE 'START' POSITION. You should see all the warning lamps illuminate. Lamps that do not illuminate indicate either a burned-out or removed bulb. If SRS or ABC lamps to not illuminate it is time to get suspicious.

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