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I have a chance to buy a 2001 E320 for about $2700 . It says it only as 105K miles. It is a dealer. I=The adds says it run great and there are no know problems. The only issue is a dent about the size of a grapefruit in the right rear quarter panel. Otherwise the upholstery and other feature looks good in the pictures.

ANY suggestions on what I should watch out for? Is it OK for me to bring my OBD2 tester and check it out?

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The OBD scanner will only show check engine related error codes. Nothing else.

Check for rust around trunk lock, sunroof, underneath car, front of hood near grill, bottom of the doors, and the inside part of the bottom of the doors.

Check too make sure all features and electronics work. Scan the HVAC for error codes. To this follow the instructions on this link starting at step 3.
http://manual.startekinfo.com/manual/JSP/cc/3_5/m15.jsp

If the car has a comand system then you need to scan that for error codes too. If you have the comand system press the SVC button and go to AUX. Then press and hold Mute, 1, 3 at the same time and wait for the screen to change. Then go to diagnosis and check the error list. This will show you error codes for the entire audio system.

When you are driving the car listen for any knocking sounds going over bumps. Sway bar bushings will cause this. Check motor mounts. They are expensive to replace. To check for motor mounts rev engine a few times in park and look to see if engine wants to jump out of the engine bay.

Show up early to your appointment to view the car. Maybe an hour before your appointment. This way the dealer won't be expecting you and they can't hide anything. For example if they know you are showing up at 3 they may warm up the car a little while beforehand to hide any problems that may show up when the engine is cold.
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I have a chance to buy a 2001 E320 for about $2700 . It says it only as 105K miles. It is a dealer. I=The adds says it run great and there are no know problems. The only issue is a dent about the size of a grapefruit in the right rear quarter panel. Otherwise the upholstery and other feature looks good in the pictures.



ANY suggestions on what I should watch out for? Is it OK for me to bring my OBD2 tester and check it out?



TIA Dan Mauch
Absolutely not, unless you already have enough tools in your garage to run an automobile repair shop, and you're willing to do all the maintenance and repairs yourself, and are patient enough to do them because there will be plenty of repairs and plenty of research.

I bought my 2002 S600 for $3000, my 1999 E320 for $2500, and my 1997 E420 which also had 105K miles for $1600, so I think you can do better price wise.

If you like these old cars like I do, then at least buy a more thorough scanner like this one,

FOXWELL OBD2 Diagnostic Tool Scanner NT520 PRO for Mercedes vehicles incl. Multiplexer 38 PIN connector/adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CJY4V6X..._pi1bDbMKA5Y42

and then use it to shop around, you will definitely need when you become an owner anyway lol

Repairs are just too costly with a mechanic otherwise, and I learned to cut better deals because oftentimes you'll have to replace things like tires, rotors and the battery with cars this old, so check those too.

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