Date registered: Apr 2009
Vehicle: 1999 E320 4matic (owned previously); 1996 SL500
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The inline 6's were good, but the 98+ V6s are more economical and torquey. The biggest thing I can tell you is that you need a carfax and a service history.
The most important items are oil changes every 3000 miles (more if synthetic was used) and that the transmission fluid was changed every 50k or so.
But its always a good idea to have a mechanic check the car out before buying from an individual or "honest bob" dealer. But if you are buying from an authorized Mercedes dealer you stand a better chance of finding a cream puff with a proper service history. The MB dealer wouldn't put a car on his/her lot that wasn't a cream puff (usually) because it would detract from the prestige of the Mercedes brand.
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