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Looking 1997 E420 E class Mercedes v8 NEED HELP!!!

Single owner 1997 Mercedes E420. 4.2 L V8. Fully loaded, mecedes serviced. Runs great. No 'issues' Gold paint gold leather interior. has 260k miles most were highway.

I am 19 years old and have never bought a car before. I kelly blue booked the car and it was 5200$ for good and 4500$ for fair the seller is asking 3300. He purchased the car new and paid 54,000 for it. It was a top of the line sports car in 1997. I just don't know if i want to buy it or not. I really want a sports car and have been looking at camaros firebirds and trans am's in the 80s-90s. How long would a car like that last me if it had a good owner who took great care of it? (always taken to Mercedes dealerships for everything in Atlanta). I am going to be going to college soon and need something reliable.

Basically I am asking for anyone who has had Mercedes Benz's before and know more about it and tell me your opinion on my situation.


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Colin, you need to ask this question in the W210 forum - not the For Sale/Wanted forum (W210 is the chassis identification for the car you are looking at). Ask this question to owners of similar cars and they will give you the best answer. Personally, for that mileage, I would estimate $2,500 to $3,000 for a W210 with 260k miles. Since he is the original owner, I hope he has reams of service documents to show the car has been well maintained.

You need to spend many hours on the W210 forum asking about the strengths and weak spots on these cars and what are the costly repairs that (hopefully) have been done. Please understand, repair parts (particularly OEM Mercedes parts) are expensive as are labor rates. If the car has not been maintained (especially over the past 100k miles), you could be looking at significant repairs that are needed that would greatly increase the investment you have in the car. If you have to immediately dump $3,000 in repairs into the car, you would probably be better off finding a similar car with 80k miles on it for the same total price.

I also strongly recommend a pre-purchase inspection of the car by an independent MB workshop (also called an "indie") - have the car examined for $100 or so. The owner should have no issue with you having the car examined. A good indie shop in Atlanta is Blue Ridge Mercedes (Jonathan):


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Running cost on MB's are not cheap. Keep in mind you should use premium gas in it and so forth. Personally I would pass on this car. I can only assume that at the current mileage it is due for some major engine work. Jonathan will be able to tell you if you have him do the ppi.

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Thats a one year model that I would run away from.

Go find a 94/95 E420 that you can work on yourself. Just too many electrics to go wrong on the early 210s, leaky evaporators, funky electronic trans, go find a good 124.

I should know I have a '97 E420 & a couple of V-8 124s.

Not a good start for your first MB.

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