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Date registered: Apr 2011
Vehicle: 1995 s420
Location: seacoast nh
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Hi. Picked up a 95 s420 188k. Been reading the discussions and getting some great info. I always liked this car from the very first time I saw one pass me on the highway. My last car was a 99 interceptor, and I have never owned a foreign vehicle. I am used to maintaining my vehicle on my own, and was reluctant to buy such a high mileage car that I probably can't repair like i could my ford...
Had the s420 for about 2 weeks now so here's what I've found:
Radio volume control has a mind of its own (seems common). Rear climate control only blows cold. Only one headlight wiper is working. ACR and ABS lights come on but only when the car is cold (no lights when warm). I have an exterior light fault on but can't find the bad bulb (just read on here to clean and check connections) . Needs tires and alignment as it pulls to the right (it sat for about a year). Key fob only works right by the door even after new battery, and the air locks seem a little slow but I have nothing to compare them to. First moving shift when the car is cold seems a little hard and delayed. Steering almost seems to have a dead spot right in the center but otherwise very tight and responsive. Paint is good with a couple of scratches and some bubbling just starting on the wheel wells - but still great for a 15 year old new england car. Runs quiet with no leaks or noises.
I plan on upgrading the radio so I hope to find some good threads on dissasembly. Sound familiar to anyone? Maybe the previous owner is a member on here.
Well back to searching- looking for info on replacing the shifter console light so I can see what gear I'm in at night. Trying to find a local shop that carries the entry lights for the doors too - I removed a 12v 5w bulb but can't seem to find a replacement at the auto stores.
Love driving it, hope it last another 188k!