Date registered: Mar 2010
Vehicle: 1996 E320
Location: Desert SW
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Former owner of a W210 here.
I choose to stay away from all of them.
1996 was a money pit, even without considering the prior owners' serious abuse of it, and even also discounting the incompetent AAMCO transmission repair.
Spring perch??? Come one, seriously, that's the type of design/materials error I'd expect from YUGO.
Plastics that fall apart.
Pretty sure the paint was still biodegradeable and sun-dissolveable all the way through the end of the W210.
Even without the wiring harness problems, the electrics are crap. Possessed seat controls, for example.
Then they switch to a V6 with 12 spark plugs and a whole new package of maintenance obstacles. I have no interest in going there.
Brittle parts in the window regulators, too. Another labor-intensive fix because the factory replacement parts are no better than the original junk.
Plus the door panel clips are held to the panels with caramel-colored goo that lets go in the heat. I spent almost $20 on epoxy fixing that, but the biggest insult is the huge amount of time I had to spend on that type of junk over and over again. Get one thing fixed and another fails.
But if you're after appearances, it's just a matter of preference. W210 for a more retro look, W211 for a more sleek and modern look. You'll be stylin' in either one.
AFAIC, the W210 doesn't deserve to be even called a Mercedes.