Date registered: Feb 2011
Vehicle: 1998 E320 (W210) Silver 3.2 L V6
Location: Miami FL USA
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1998 E320 (USA) $2500 - Worth it?
Looks like the best place to ask this question, which gets asked a lot about all the MB vehicles here. So, if it's in the wrong place, sorry!
A friend/co-worker of mine is selling her 1998 E320. The dealer offered her $2500 for trade-in and she doesn't have time to go through the hassle of selling on her own. So I have the option of matching that $2500.
Anyways. The stats.
1998 E320 USA. Silver, gray leather interior.
3.2 L V6 (not I6)
Climate control fully functional, aftermarket Pioneer stereo.
No body damage aside from a minor scratch on the gas tank door. The headlamp lenses are a bit "yellow". The trim/molding up top is showing some age.
Right rear window motor is burnt out.
Transmission was recently replaced. Another co-worker owns a shop and we gave it a quick once over and the transmission is smooth.
Car has had one owner (my co-worker) who basically took good care of it. Kept up on oil changes, and everything, and she isn't the sort to stomp on the gas and peel out when driving.
Car was/is driven in the Las Vegas and Southern California area.
Now, I'm on a budget car-wise and I don't want to fall into a money-pit. I'm not a automotive expert, but my aforementioned other co-worker with the shop is, so I have "an expert" to run it through the paces with me. His initial glance was very positive and he's encouraging a "buy". I'm being more cautious despite the initial "oh my, it's a Benz in great shape".
Of course before I do, I plan on extensive test-drives and the usual. I've done some reading and I'd just need to know what you guys in the community recommend looking for? I read of some issues with the harmonic balancer on this forum, and like I pointed out earlier, the transmission was replaced, so it kind of has that going for it too. And I'm not opposed to replacing the window motor. My expert friend is on hand to help with that.
My goal is to purchase it, and get another 50-70 K out of it.