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Time to Sell? Rust!

I have a 2003 E320 4 magic wagon. I bought it 3 years ago on eBay for $2800 and have since put 6K into it. Lots of repairs. Engine and Tranny is strong though. It had minor rust that has now gotten out of control. Both rear fenders have a lot of rust over the wheels and there is some rust billing though on the rear door. It now has 175k miles on it. I recently found out it needs springs and shocks and was quoted $2500 for that repair. Im thinking its time to move on.
Alternatively I could just drive it until the next break down and junk it then, or sell it now. I don't know what I could get for a car with rust and high mileage.

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Sell the good bits or put them into a rustfree W124.


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in the same position

hi jonboy, i'm also in NYC and in the same situation you're in. i have a 2001 wagon with 130K miles and there's rust on the wheel wells and rear door. it keeps coming back. for the first time i've ever i've had a transmission issue which fluid flushes, a filter change, and a connector change has remedied for now.

i'm interested to hear from the members here which year of wagon they would go for next? i have not been in the market for another car for a long time and have lost track of which subsequent wagons have been the real winners? and which not great winners?

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Same issue with minor front fender rust on my sedan. I decided to drive it till I kill it as I will never recoup the amount of money or time put into this car since I bought it 6 years ago.
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Depends on how much you like driving this car. Do the W210 wagons have AIRmatic, or do they have coil springs on all four corners? If it's coil springs, could you do a little DIY?

With coil-spring cars, there's the spring, and there's the shock absorber. Usually, springs are lifetime items unless they crack, but the shock absorbers do need replacement about every 15 years or so, so yours is about due. I'd find out if the springs are cracked--in which case the job is bigger--or if it's just the shock absorbers. Just last year, I replaced the shock absorbers on my truck, using Bilstein shocks, and it wasn't all that difficult. Yep, I also live where they use road salt. Soak it well with some penetrating oil (e. g. Liquid Wrench, WD-40, PB-Blaster, and so on) beforehand. Might also pick up a propane or MAPP gas torch to heat things up before applying the penetrating oil; heat often helps. I use a propane torch, and it helps.

If you can do this, then you'll likely get a lot more miles out of that car. If so, might as well do just that and keep driving it.

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Is the wagon at risk of failing a safety inspection?

US 210 wagons have coil springs and shocks up front, hydraulic SLS with helper coil springs in the back.

My 203 wagon has coil springs and shocks all around.

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Yes its the hydraulic rear shocks and the rear springs are cracked. Makes a strange clanking noice when going over a bump while turning. I was quoted about 2500 for springs and shocks. I would probably do it, if it weren't for the rust. If it didn't have the suspension issue I would just see driving the car another year or so as it is. Its my daily driver and I do about 100 miles a day for work.

At this point Im thinking about just buying a used Buick or Cadillac lol. That Mercedes has cost me a small fortune over the last three years. And no I cant DIYS so I take it to an indy. But its still pricey.
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Yes its the hydraulic rear shocks and the rear springs are cracked. Makes a strange clanking noice when going over a bump while turning. I was quoted about 2500 for springs and shocks. I would probably do it, if it weren't for the rust. If it didn't have the suspension issue I would just see driving the car another year or so as it is. Its my daily driver and I do about 100 miles a day for work.

At this point Im thinking about just buying a used Buick or Cadillac lol. That Mercedes has cost me a small fortune over the last three years. And no I cant DIYS so I take it to an indy. But its still pricey.
I might be way off base here so keep me honest. On a W124 with SLS, the rear hydraulic rams usually don't leak but they develop a knock when going over sharp bumps in the road. I have purchased new ones and of course it resolved the issue but lately I have solved the problem by replacing the plastic bushing at the bottom of the ram. Its a little bit of work but well worth the effort because the bushing you use costs $10.00 from "Energy Suspension" while the rams themselves cost anywhere from $400- 600. Maybe the W210 is totally different from the W124 in this regard but I thought I would mention it.

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Yup exactly. A cloning noise while going over bumps.
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