Date registered: Mar 2009
Vehicle: 1987 260 E
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W210 vs W220, which better to own/most reliable?
Been a while since I've been here, feels good to be back!
Well, I have gotten an "adult" job (Shameless plug, I sell real estate if anyone in Atlanta needs a Realtor.) and I feel it's time I get a new car.
I'm interested in the 2001-2002 E320, E430, S430, and S500.
The TL;DR version of this is basically, in you opinion, which of these cars do you think I will have the least problems with/is the best to buy?
I have heard and read that this isn't really the best generation of Mercedes they've made. My family had a 1997 E420, a 2002 E320 (both bought new), and a friend of mine has a 1999 E320, so I am somewhat familiar with the W210 series.
I was young when we had the E420, but I only remember it really being in the shop maybe twice. My cousin had the 2002 E320 which he never complained about, and the only reason he got rid of it was when he totaled it. My friend with the '99 E320 doesn't take the best care of it, and it has a few electrical problems (mostly stuff he could easily fix. Lights out, front windows don't work.) but the engine is sound.
I have no experience with the W220 series, and not really any with V8 Mercedes engines other than the E420. My family also had a 2002 C240 which was a really good car, so I wonder if the early 2000's Mercedes are as bad as people make them seem?
Are there any red flags I should look out for when shopping for these cars?
I'm sure there's buyers guides on this site somewhere, but I just wanted to see what people would say about these two cars specifically pinned against each other.
Thanks in advance!