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i'll really only be daily driving for summer, when i work full time.
It's that part that worries me. It took a year or two until I had ironed out the 300E to a point where I'd want to drive it pretty far. It left us sit a number of times, a couple times due to worn cap/rotor which everyone kept trying to tell me was something else until I finally dug into the motor. We had a while where it wasn't starting, but that has been fixed since I replaced the water pump, tensioner, and a bunch of other up front parts. I think the belt tensioner was maxed out. It used to overheat too. And I had problems with fuel delivery until I replaced the check valve, fuel filter, and some other thingy down there (pressure regulator? Can't remember from the gas fumes ).

It runs great now, and it no longer leaks anything. However, the last tank was a pitiful 13MPG, and the best we ever got was close to 19MPG. On premium might I add.

Just stuff to think about. I'm not saying don't go for it.

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It's that part that worries me. It took a year or two until I had ironed out the 300E to a point where I'd want to drive it pretty far. It left us sit a number of times, a couple times due to worn cap/rotor which everyone kept trying to tell me was something else until I finally dug into the motor. We had a while where it wasn't starting, but that has been fixed since I replaced the water pump, tensioner, and a bunch of other up front parts. I think the belt tensioner was maxed out. It used to overheat too. And I had problems with fuel delivery until I replaced the check valve, fuel filter, and some other thingy down there (pressure regulator? Can't remember from the gas fumes ).

It runs great now, and it no longer leaks anything. However, the last tank was a pitiful 13MPG, and the best we ever got was close to 19MPG. On premium might I add.

Just stuff to think about. I'm not saying don't go for it.
hmm. i'm not set on mercedes benz, i just love the cars and i know if i could find one on here, it'd be coming from someone who cared for it. but i'm also considering a truck, maybe an f-150 or a bronco. i know it's alot of gas, but that's something i can live with

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I think either of those might work well. Parts are easy to find, and they're easy to have repaired anywhere. Some of the newer Ford trucks drive me crazy because the engines are practically under the dash, and avoid (is it the 5.4L) big V8 gas engine from something like 1996-2003 as they're known to literally drop spark plugs, but other than that.

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"literally"? Really?

The plugs can be a bitch to replace if they corrode in the head, can take head removal to correct.

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Some of them apparently come in with blown out spark plugs. Autozone and some of the aftermarket retailers have specific kits just for these engines now to tap in new threads. It's not pretty, and access to the rear plugs is almost impossible.

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