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Make sure verify the HVAC system works flawless, i.e. A/C.

If A/C is non-op it is a sub 1K car. Don't let the seller tell you "it only needs a recharge". All W124s came with evaporators that leak, and it is a true PITA job and expensive. Pay extra for a car that had the evaporator, vacuum vent pods and heater core replaced and the seller has written evidence of the work performed.
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I would love to find an E420 as clean as my 320, but I prefer the lower mileage units. Like @LogicalPosition said, transmissions, head gaskets and other repairs can be costly, but very few people will ever get around to replacing that worn armrest or the beat up seating surfaces of a higher mileage unit. I bought my E320 with 70K on it 3 years ago (just hit 103k recently) with extensive records and a high dollar multiple-repairs receipt from the dealer just before I bought it. I paid more than most on here would for the car, but with mint interior and a special order color combo exterior/interior, I feel like I am further ahead with maintaining a nice example than I would have been purchasing a cheaper car with higher mileage and a beat interior. To each their own.
There's another E320 on cars.com that I am in love with right now. It's like my exact car (mileage, condition, etc.) with a different color combo with the same asking price that I paid 3 years ago. It's hard not to pick up another! Alas, I need to make my next one another wagon to replace the one I lost.
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But a well taken care of 115k mile car most often looks just like a well taken care of 70k car. That's the great thing about the materials in these cars.

145k vs 55k will be up to the buyer to decide. But a 55k interior should be just beautiful.

In a 124, If its looked ragged, it was absolutely heavily abused.

I'd rather replace $500 worth of seats, than a transmission. Both from a DIY and "paying a mechanic" angles.
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I've had both high and low mileage examples. On the low miler ones, the seller will always want a premium price just because the odometer reads a lower number which I refuse to pay unless he absorbs the cost to address known issues and make the car a true turn key vehicle.

On a MB, # of miles driven are irrelevant BUT it is how those miles were accumulated. I'll take one with 250k and immaculate records over a 50K that has nothing.

Example: on my 1995 E300 diesel the seller wanted 12k back in 2008 with just under 50k on the clock. I told him that price was ridonculous and if he finds someone to pay that price and take the car as is he should jump on the offer.

A week later, we hammered out a deal where I paid his asking price BUT that price included new A/C evap core, vent pods, windshield and a full set of Michelins all installed at a official MB dealership. I absorbed the cost of the eco junk harness since the diesel harness is the cheapest.

Compare that to the V12 W140 where I bought it with 150k miles on the dial, but EVERYTHING had been done including new trans, A/C evap core with records. To address eco junk, that single service visit was 15K Euro.

Bottom line: Anybody can ask anything they want, but to make the deal happen both sides have to be flexible

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Bottom line: Anybody can ask anything they want, but to make the deal happen both sides have to be flexible
That pretty much sums it up.
In my case, the previous owner paid $12k for it 5 months earlier (he became the 2nd owner), spent $8k at the dealer on various minor repairs and maintenance items and buying several sets of tires, then I bought it for $8k! Classic case of the wife wanting an SUV and forcing the sale of a car the husband sought after for years. Happy wife, happy life! lol
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Wow. Time to find out the real world marketprice of the PO's WIFE by placing a online ad such as Craig's list. Lol

Example: Two previous owners, low low miles, never ridden hard or put away wet, maintained to a high standard, rides nice and tight and ready for a new caretaker. Title and keys on hand
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Wow. Time to find out the real world marketprice of the PO's WIFE by placing a online ad such as Craig's list. Lol

Example: Two previous owners, low low miles, never ridden hard or put away wet, maintained to a high standard, rides nice and tight and ready for a new caretaker. Title and keys on hand
Haha! Excellent. What's worse is that she wanted a BMW suv! Yuck.
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Maybe I should revise the "ad" slightly to include the following "front bumper sagging, but not noticeable to the casual observer". LMFAO
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There really isn't much of a choice here. The low mile car seems to have not been maintained so its not worth $4000 let alone $7000. If the e420 has records, passes a PPI and only needs $1000 or less to make it right, then sharpen your negotiating skills and get the best deal you can.

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Well the 420 is rust free and clean, however the trunk lid has the clearcoat off. It's hard to tell in the pics but the owner told me it was a Fla car and the clearcoat is bad on the trunk. He didn't say but one pic looks like the roof may be the same. That may be a deal breaker for me. I'm not sure what it'd cost to fix that. Honestly I've wavered back and forth between a w124 and a w126. I found a well maintained 1990 300se for the same price, $3500. I think I'd like the w124 better. I like the size of them. Maybe a little more advanced technology and suspension. It's hard not to like most all MB.
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