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Angry Advice - What to do with a tired 1997 W210 E420?

My 1997 E420 with 223,000 miles has been a very nice driver for many years. It still drives well but can't pass emissions tests due to plugged secondary air injection ports on bank 1. (P0410 code) It also needs a paint job due to clear coat deterioration down to primer in quite a few areas. The work required to bring this car up to decent status far exceeds its value. What's the right thing to do with this car?
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Me, I'd get the P0410 fixed and drive it till the wheels fall off.

Then again, my wagon's got rust in some places I'd never expect to have rust, and I don't care much as long as water doesn't get inside...
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Heads need to come off for a valve job - that's $4-5k. Then there's the paint issue for another $4-5k. For $10K, I could get a much better MB.

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It is sad for car lower seeing the car go for economical, not technical reasons, but that is how the life goes.
Removing the heads still can be nice practice for DIY.
I had the exact dilemma last year with W124 with leaky head gasket. The car value was about $3000 and shops would charge more than that for the job.
Yet having slow time in my business I spend 3 days on it, everything come perfect and sold the car for family member, so still get to do service on it.
I am glad I saved good car from junk yard.
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Mayco (?) painting chain once a year is usually having special when they paint the cars for 1/2 price or $400.
That paint usually last 2-3 years and I would never recommend it on Mercedes, unless that is the only way to save it from junk yard.
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If I were to do the heads, what else should be done? M119.985 has big potential for power, but I suspect it would cost a lot to change the bore and stroke. Then there's reprogramming the ECU as well as the tranmission might not handle it. Better if I used the money to get an E55 AMG?
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