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For sale: Rigorously maintained 1995 E320 Wagon (W124, M104), 130K miles, New Jersey

Bought @ 80K from an MB specialist, who preventively replaced, among other things, the wiring harness, head gasket and radiator.

Rigorously maintained since then:
=> using exclusively MB / OEM parts and fluids, and good lubricants, e.g. Mobil 1 - 0W40
=> using exclusively MB specialists
=> as scheduled:
==>> not only by MB, including replacing the coolant, brake fluid, differential oil, fuel filter, power steering fluid and filter, O2 sensor, cabin air filter, etc.
==>> but also by the Mercedes Club of America’s The Star magazine, including repacking the ball bearings, and replacing the timing chain (recently replaced @ 125K), the rear suspension hydraulic level control fluid and filter, etc.
=> the car also has recent Michelin MXV4s (replaced @ 115K) and front shocks (also replaced @ 115K; the rear spheres were replaced in 2005)

I have all the maintenance records, as well as the original documentation, tools, etc.

The car has the following items, which I believe were options:
=> passenger airbag
=> traction control (ASR)
=> cargo net / divider and cover
=> third row seats
=> roof bars
=> heated front seats
=> premium wheels
=> multi-CD player

I also added:
=> a cup holder in the armrest
=> a tailgate-mounted bike carrier (Thule)

Selling because, with our second child on the way, we would like more airbags and space. Asking $11,000. VIN # WDBEA92E0SF309384.
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I took pictures this week-end: if you are interested please email me at sanchezc@earthlink.net.

(The pictures are much larger than allowed by this forum.)

BTW I also have four recent winter Viking SnowTech tires.
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I have uploaded the pictures here:

Flickr: carloslsanchez's Photostream
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Not trying to rain on your parade, but I expect that you will get the same reception here that you got on the other forums that you listed this car for sale on...at $11K it is probably double what the market will bear; and a very poor used car market right now as well. The last few very nice wagons listed on ebay failed to clear $7K and two of them had 80K miles on them [one was a two owner car w/ full service records from new]. The single most expensive wagon in the country is a 60k silver/black that has been for sale for the better part of a year at $12k...IMHO he is dreaming as well. Virtually everything that you have listed is mere maintenance on the car and I am pretty sure that you are never going to get paid for that work. Good luck on the sale...
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Gotta be realistic... a clean maintained S124 with 130k on the clock will have a hard time selling for more than $6K... Even kbb values can't be used as a good guidance nowadays, since realistic selling prices are closer to (or lower than) auction/wholesale prices for a large majority of non-specialty MBs.
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I realize that my asking price is ambitious, so let me try to "rationalize" it (FWIW):

I bought my first MB, a 1991 300SE (which I still have) from an MB dealership. It was supposed, and seemed, to be in excellent condition, so I accepted to pay KBB’s Suggested Retail Value. Unfortunately, I soon realized that there had been significant “deferred maintenance” on the car, requiring notably to overhaul the transmission, replace the differential, etc.

I bought this 1995 E320 Wagon from an MB specialist. It was supposed, and seemed, to be in excellent condition as well, so I accepted to pay KBB’s Suggested Retail Value again. Unfortunately, I had once more soon thereafter to address the significant “deferred maintenance”.

But this 1995 E320 has now no “deferred maintenance” that I am aware of, to this very day. And again I am not talking merely about the “official” MB maintenance, but also about the additional maintenance recommended by The Star (and in particular George Murphy), including replacing the timing chain, the rear suspension fluid, etc.

So, although I cannot guarantee that nothing will break (anything can break, even on a new car), the absence of any “deferred maintenance” should minimize the buyer's risk and cost. And as a result, and from my own experience above (as well as testimonies on this and other MB forums), this car is in much better shape than the typical “excellent” Retail car. So I have taken the current “excellent” Suggested Retail Value, i.e. approximately $8000, and have added a portion of what I have typically had to add to compensate for the typical “deferred maintenance”. And, even at this seemingly ambitious asking price, I will absorb the other, bigger portion. Which the buyer on the other hand will not have to incur.

If the buyer is interested, I can also try to put him / her in touch with the gentleman (a truly honest and competent mechanic, who also has good reviews on Car Talk’s web site) who has been servicing this car since I bought it. He should be able to convey how meticulously (although not superfluously), and unusually, this car has been serviced: on schedule, using only MB / OEM parts and fluids, MB- or The Star-recommended lubricants, etc.
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one would expect that a vehicle was maintained properly and at the required intervals. this does noes necessarily mean that it would be added to the asking price. I have been pricing these wagons for the past 5 months on ebay and generally they are selling for 6,000-7,500. mind you that these are also vehicles with records, and well maintained by MB. your vehicle is great but I would offer no more than 6,500.00 at best. good luck with the sale.
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i love how he starts with "not to rain on your parade" and ends with "good luck with your sale."

that said, like turbo kits and suspension work, "undeferred maintenance" and "remedied neglect" rarely add "value" at barter time. watch who you buy your next car from. maybe bring it to the dealer who screwed you and demand favorable terms trading up to something that better suits you.
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Is this still for sale?
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Selling because, with our second child on the way, we would like more airbags and space. Asking $11,000. VIN # WDBEA92E0SF309384.

Youre better off keeping this wagon since its probably safer than any minivan or SUV on the market.

In addition, theres alot of space to accomodate 2 adults, 2 children with the cargo area + roof rack; better fuel economy than most 6 cylinder minivans + SUVs.

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George

1985 300SD Turbo Diesel - 299,xxx km (1/2015)
1995 E320 - 301,xxx km (1/2015)
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