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I am looking at buying a 1997 s420 for $5000. Only thing that worries me is that is has 182000 miles. The car has leather interior and when it was turned on it ran very quietly. I couldnt even tell it was on. My question is how much longer will this car last and what are some known mechanical issues with this model. Should I be worried about the transmission? I am new to mercedes benz. thanks for your help.

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Search in the W140 section. If the car comes with no records, don't buy it. It sounds like it was not taken care of. When these cars are taken care of, then can easily exceed 500k miles. When they are abused, then who knows. It may be nearing the end of its life already.
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I meant quietly not quickly.
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As suggested, ask this on the W140 forum. You're more likely to get the attention of some actual owners. A pre-purchase inspection is a must and a service history is very important too. If you do these and they come up clean, then I wouldn't worry about the mileage. 182,000 over 14 years is not excessive.

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