Date registered: Jun 2012
Vehicle: 93 300E 2.8 (sold), 1998 E300DT, 1998 SLK230 kompressor
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Since purchasing our 98 E300TD at 154k miles, but in very good condition, I have upgraded the stereo to an Alpine unit with Bluetooth and USB iPod capabilities. I now have easy access to my phone and iPod. Installation was easy with the Crutchfield kit for a Bose system. I only had to buy a pair of resistors via Amazon, to prevent the 'pop' in the speakers when starting or shutting off the ignition. The sound is excellent.
Also, I have installed new Bilsteins on the front and will do so on the rear very soon. I've had new ball joints installed, and put on new anti-sway bar bushings. Springs are still fine, and the body bushings are still fine... no squeaks.
I've installed new Akebono pads all around and new Centric disks on the front. The rears are still fine. The POs had used those awful original (lots of dust) factory pads and the plastic dust covers on the insides of the wheels. I removed them, cleaned the inside of the wheels and now use the ceramic Akebonos with almost zero dust and great stopping ability in any condition.
I replaced the new, but very bad in the wet, Michellin Primacies, with new Conti DWS06 tires... OMG... I've never had such a fantastic tire on any car I've ever owned. Great in all conditions... even snow. I highly recommend Tire Rack as they have always been terrific great service with low prices.
A few minor items have been replaced, like the passenger side mirror. The pot metal mirror frame was broken and I was able to find a new one on eBay for around $100. A no-brainer. Installation was a 20 min job and used my original housing cover. It works perfectly.
Another item was the leaking windshield reservoir and radiator overflow tank cap which was suspicious. Both were easy fixes.
I've had very little actually go bad on the car, with the latest being a few bad glow plugs. Since this car has them underneath the intake manifold, I let a friend's shop do the work.
I've replaced the battery since it was 60 mos. old. And, I've had the tranny and coolant flushed, and continued using Mobil 1, only the version for diesel engines. Fuel filter was also replaced, including the screen section ini the line next to the larger filter.
Had a serious stone chip (hole) in the original windscreen, so I had the dealer do the work (they farm it out to a specialist and the ins co paid for it since it was a bit less than their shop... and, I had them order a real MB windshield with the new sticker on the lower right side. Great work and it cost me nothing. They dropped me off at home and picked me up when it was ready.
Repair documents from the previous owners show that shocks and brakes were replaced before, but the car was getting a new owner by someone who does not skimp on brakes or suspension components. I always like to establish a baseline. Interesting that the PO had a long-standing complaint about a noise coming from the RF part of the car. Well, no one could find it... but I did. It was the anti-roll bar bushings. That was a tough job, but it worked.
A little bit of rust has appeared, but it's been corrected by a local shop who does excellent work. I don't mind spending the money as the car, even with 178k miles now, is still a fine automobile with a long life ahead of it.
The W210 diesel is quite a car. We've owned a few Benzes over the years (86 300SDL, 93 300E 2.8, 1977 230, and now the 98 E300TD and a 98 SLK230 compressor) and I've never been disappointed with them.
Next items to tackle on the W210: aforementioned rear Bilstein shocks; and rising the cracks on the dash. About the last item... it is a tough job to find the proper dye for the 205A mushroom/quartz/sand interior color. I will likely have to just remove a speaker cover on the dash top and send it to Leatherique for them to match the dye. I might redo the steering wheel as well, but maybe next year. I once used their stuff to fix a few cracks on the 300SDL's dash and it worked out very well.
So, all in all, the W210 is an excellent car.... great design, high quality workmanship and actually fun to drive.