Date registered: Sep 2012
Vehicle: '95 S500 (sold), '97 E420
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Will be pulling the trigger on a '97 E420 this Sat. I've smoked it over pretty good, and here's what I've found so far:
All the windows work just fine, oil is due for change, good tires, starts, and idles to about 1800 and stays that way, until putting it in gear, then it will idle at normal rpm, even in neutral, or park. Makes an awful racket. I determined the racket to be fan hitting the radiator. Subsequent start no more racket, fan not turning, wedged against radiator. Upon further inspection, I found that someone had run it up on a curb and shoved the lower core support back. Thus causing interference with the fan and radiator. Only the blade key comes with it, no fob. No structural rust that I can find, and for the most part seems to be in pretty fair shape cosmetically. Mechanically it seems to be sound, but there is a leak of tranny fluid at the radiator. I think an O ring is the culprit. Can't check the tranny fluid level, or quality, (yet). it appears that some time in it's life the fuel rail, and injectors have been replaced. (too dang clean compared to the rest of engine). Couple of vaccuum hoses need replaced, but not a deal breaker. CarFax shows a reported accident, about 6 years ago, but no details. Headlights aren't fogged, so I suspect a front end collision.
Seems to have been a decent repair. (30 years in the body shop business, I can usually spot a repair)
Needs hood struts, and tool kit is missing. radio needs code entered, (battery was disconnected)
I'll know more when I get it home on Sat. I'll be getting it towed, as I don't want to drive it with the fan/radiator interference.
'Bout it for now.
"If you set out to fail, and succeed, which have you done?"