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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 11:54 AM
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The W210s are great cars, but once the rust gets to that point your considering to cut and move to a fresher car is a wise decision. The W211s started in 2002, but I with that price range you should be able to find lots of 2005s.

As far as the trans shifting is concerned it could be mechanical, electrical, electronic or fluid issues. Have you been changing the fluid at regular intervals? There is a nice trans fluid DIY in the W210 forum in the stickies at the top.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-24-2013, 01:38 PM
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If you want to try and solve the shifting issue, by all means, try fresh fluid and a new filter. It doesn't sound serious enough to tear into it. Plus on your '99 you might even have a torque converter drain plug which will make for a more thorough job. Don't forget to check for a transmission fluid leak coming from the electrical connector and then look for fluid intrusion into the transmission control module. There is plenty of information in the W210 stickies about all of this.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-24-2013, 01:47 PM
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You are right, the 99 model 722.6 5 speed transmissions did have drain plugs for the torque converter.
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