Hi Everyone- I have been an admirer of these models for a while. A good friend of mine has had good luck with two 87 300Es. I have grown tired of being beaten up by the crappy roads here in the tri-state area. My previous daily was a great car but rode very stiffly and had little cargo capacity.
I have been on the lookout for a late model wagon and one popped up for sale about 15 minutes away from me. I sold my previous daily on Saturday and went to check out this 95 e320 wagon last night. It has 152,000 miles on it. The car has been owned by two family members the last 120,000 miles. It has a pretty good stack of records to go along with it. The owner did his own oil changes and used a mechanic in Port Chester NY. He said didn't have receipts from this shop as he always paid cash.
The AC and alternator were recently serviced/replaced. The transmission was rebuilt a little over a year ago after reverse crapped out. I found a receipt for the cylinder head being replaced at the end of the warranty period. The stack of receipts showed replacement of typical wear related items including the SLS rear suspension.
The car has does have some oil leaks. There is a recent service receipt saying oil leaks were at the valve cover and timing cover and from the front of the head gasket at timing cover. The steering wheel leather is dead and the final muffler has a little hole. I have the original window sticker and the color is midnight blue with a saddle colored leather interior. There is a bit of clear coat issues on part of the hood, but the paint shows well and is shiny. There was a receipt for the harness being done at 45,000 but it does not say which one. The recent service advised to check into the wiring harness. The car runs and drives very nicely. The owner seemed very upfront, lived in a well to do area, and I decided to take a chance on the car. It was reasonably priced at $1800 and I really liked the color combo.
David Hendy works right around the corner from my work in Stamford so I know that I can get good advice and parts from him. Here are the pics. Let me know what you think.
Also, would AMG 17" wheels from a 99 or 02 CLK be the correct offset on this car?