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Sway's W210 E55 Daily Journal

I took the risk of picking up a rebuilt 2001 E55 with 85k miles. The car was impacted on the driver side front bumper, air bags deployed...declared total loss. Also, the car had limited history of maintenance records. I took it for a spin, looked closely at it for about an hour. No signs of rust, body looks good..paint was decent, interior is mint and everything worked. Had a reputable indy shop take a closer look. They presented me with a laundry list of things to do. Long story short, negotiated with the seller and the rest is history. This will be my new daily, beats commuting my 1999 LX470 to work!

Anyways, I am creating this thread to document the service I've done, doing and will be doing. Cheers!

Bought on April 28th, 2017.

Service history:

May 1st, 2017
Full brakes service done. New OEM rotors, pads and fresh fluid (Akebono EUR603 and EUR682 pads $122) (OEM rotors fronts $220 each, rear $60 each) (brake fluid dot4 5 liter)
Oil and filter change (mobil 1 ow40 $50 w/Mann-Filter HU 718/5 X Metal-Free Oil Filter $11)

May 7th, 2017
Engine mounts replaced (Boge OEM Germany $105.83)
Transmission mount replaced (Lemfoerder $25)
Valve gaskets replaced on both sides w/new hoses (VICTOR REINZ $66)
Steering rack replaced with fresh fluid (BuyAutoParts remanufactured $431 w/$175 refundable core deposit OEM fluid 2 liters $27)
Alignment (Les Schwab $105)

To do:
Engine air filter
spark plugs
Output shaft seal rear A/T replacement
Differential side cover seal replacement
transmission fluid flush
coilovers


Here she is, what a view!


2001 E55 AMG-2 by V. Josh F, on Flickr
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Nice! Better learn to do some of the basics yourself, like filters and plugs, or you'll go broke paying others!
Also post over in the AMG section if you haven't already.
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Nice! Better learn to do some of the basics yourself, like filters and plugs, or you'll go broke paying others!
Also post over in the AMG section if you haven't already.
Thanks! Yup, I've done most of it with a good technician friend. The only thing that I didn't have time to do and it needed attention was the full brake service. So I paid an Indy shop to do that.
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Awesome thanks for posting this!

On one of my late night drives last week I saw a E55 for sale in someones driveway and it put the E55 bug in me! Since then I have been trying to read up as much as I can about them and think i'll be buying one soon.
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Awesome thanks for posting this!

On one of my late night drives last week I saw a E55 for sale in someones driveway and it put the E55 bug in me! Since then I have been trying to read up as much as I can about them and think i'll be buying one soon.
No problem! I was in the same boat for a while. I went through this forum like a hawk...reading everything. I looked at e320s and e430s for a bit...then came across this e55 and was sold the min I sat in it. If you look at that e55, def have it checked out at a shop. I noticed you are in Washington too...is this e55 on craigslist? I noticed there's a couple on there, one with like 200k and the other with 120ish I think.
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Oh yeah I will totally have a shop take a look at it!

I checked out craigslist and autotrader and didn't see this one on either of those sites.

I'm going to swing by the house later today to get the number and contact the owner.
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Oh yeah I will totally have a shop take a look at it!

I checked out craigslist and autotrader and didn't see this one on either of those sites.

I'm going to swing by the house later today to get the number and contact the owner.
Right on, keep me posted!
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looking good, sway. i'll keep my eye out for it and will give you a toot and
thumbs up if I see you. (went to that car museum a few months ago when they
had a vintage motorcycle gather outside. that is an AMAZING collection of cars!
I'll have to walk through again)
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looking good, sway. i'll keep my eye out for it and will give you a toot and
thumbs up if I see you. (went to that car museum a few months ago when they
had a vintage motorcycle gather outside. that is an AMAZING collection of cars!
I'll have to walk through again)
Thanks, Raymond! Right on man, another Washingtonian. Are there meets that happen every now and then? I would like to meet other enthusiasts one of these days.

Love the Lemay, I need to go back! Right now they have the exotics on their main display, would love to check that one out.
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You haven't posted anything for a couple days! Hehe

Oh yeah, I joined the E55 club!
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