There is a dead stock 400e at Dreamcity sports cars in Bothell,Wa with ton's of recent $6k+ repair receipts. No tint, no lowered, no cool wheels, no stereo update, no air freshener. Great example but pretty boring. I am amused how some members can look at a photo and rip a car apart. I have 3 SEC's and 2 E class and none of them are boring dead stock. There are tasteful upgrades and there are train wrecks. As all the seasoned members preach. Records of service and a good PPI are the keys to a better car. Remember all the cars you are looking at are 16 yrs. old. Good luck.
It's not that they are terribly bad modifications and for all I know that E420 could be owned by the best most meticulous owner around...but usually it's a sign that the car has been well used(ahem, abused)
really things like tinted windows and lowering are great and very useful mods, plus who can resist that fresh pine scent?
...but again there's a stereotype with these things and it's usually a safe bet to go with the bone stock low mile car that's been serviced at the dealer its entire life and has a stack of receipts to back it up
EDIT: actually I believe it's called royal pine? ^_^ and in reality it completely kills that used Mercedes scent, which they all seem to carry, it seems every decade has it's own unique scent, the cars of the 50's often carry that musky scent (usually due to the degrading stuffing in the seats and insulation used back then), the 60's Benz's hold a more mechanical and less strong scent, 70's have that strong humid smell to them, I think this has to do with how awful the seals were on some of those cars and they also used some pretty deep carpeting at the time...uh I've only owned one Mercedes from the 80's so far and it had a smell I can't really describe, it's a more steile clean smell though this is all based upon cars I've owned on the west coast, though I had a 220se finback from tennessee but it smelled the same as the others (except a bit more like nice aged whisky)...WOW I digress!