BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Aug 2010
Vehicle: 99 E320 4matic wagon
Location: West Hartford, Connecticut
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E320 wagon questions
I have a e320 4matic wagon (99)(170,000) and am trying to decide whether to keep it or buy a new wagon. I'm putting new fenders on it to deal with rust issues and then will tackle some minor rust on the rear wheel wells and below the tailgate window. I have a friend who will help me do that and the painting too. Then, cosmetically, it should look pretty great, although the rust fix for the rear wheel wells and tailgate may only be temporary fixes because I don't see myself paying about 2,000 to 3,000 to a body shop to do it "right," since the car is probably only worth about 3,000. Also, I am noticing that the transmission seems to sometimes not shift smoothly into second gear and, as a result, the engine races a bit in high rpm and then finally goes to second gear. Not all the time but every now and then. Wondering if this is a sign of a serious future problem or something that can be fixed at not too great an expense. Finally, the passenger window seems to bind and periodically get stuck. My mechanic seems to adjust it somehow and then it works for a few months and then gets stuck again. This is after he replaced the switch and the door mechanism (cannot think of name of part just now). He also said something about replacing the whole door track molding that maybe that was causing the binding. Frustrating.
Anyway, this is long winded but if you have advice on this car and also on what year wagon might be a good replacement, please let me know. I likely want to spend 10-13k or less but am thinking that maybe the newer body style that started in 2004.