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Hello from Sao Paulo - help to inspect E 420 1997

Hello forum members

My admiration to this very organised and comprehensive forum.
For a while I´ve been looking for my first mercedes, my interests are RL129´s from 1992 to 1996 and W210´s around the same era.

After various cars visited in my town and others such as Rio and the south of the country, and got frightned in not being a deep connoisseur to evaluate with sufficient depth each cars condition.

As confirmed from our local used market here, is not fun. Limited dearlership existance, high parts and service costs and not so many cars around due to our local market conditions (imports here cost almost triple the retail US dealer brand new. So being an elite vehicle meant that they would be sent for armouring to the violence fear that was pretty worse during that period of time, better now, but away from what we need it to be)

Maintenance and an almost constant feeling that all cars I saw were clocked, meticulously cleaned cars to take half or even more from their actual mileage are also impressions so far.

Other constraint that exists here are the abundance of aftermarket armoured specimen, since brand new a E420 represented the price of a very good house, most models were bought brand new and sent for local shops that performed the complete dissassembly, installation and then re-assembly... the elite circulating in a powerful cars converted into tanks.... Guess how the used armoured car performs and looks .... you got it.

Non armoured E320, E420 and even E55 are extremelly rare, making things even more difficult.

So why having a such car.... now? good question. the lines and profile really struck me hard on those years.

I have sighted an E420 1997 that looks to be a survival from the armouring decision and supposedly the ad and the owner on the phone claims to be a real 97.000 km specimen.....

What should I look for? There are no pro to hire that could help!

I thought of checking (if a drive is not possible):
Manual + Service annotations
Overall interior condition
Engine Oil
Tires and alignment
.....see I need you guys help here to boost this list

This next candidate is here:

Mercedes E 420 Avantegarde V8 1997 absolutamente nova | Século 20 Veículos de Coleção

Don´t gasp with the value (aprox 12.000USD)....cars here are pretty expensive...even after all these years.

any word of wisdom is highly appreciated on this crusade.

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