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Looking at buying a 2009 E350

I'm looking at buying a 2009 E350 4Matic. While the 2010s are in the similar price range, I prefer the looks of the W211.
I'm looking at vehicles that have about 75-85k miles.

Are these vehicles generally reliable? Are there known failures/problems that I need to be aware of?
If there's a similar thread from the past (couldn't find one doing the forum search), I would appreciate if you could link me to it.

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Good model year as far as I'm aware. I'll allow others to chime in with potential issues, but I believe most major ones were pretty much eliminated by 2007-ish.
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That's what my reading and searching seems to indicate. But I just wanted to get any additional information I could on this (very useful!) forum before I head out today to look at one.
Looks like you have a 2008. How would you rate your ownership experience thus far?
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That's what my reading and searching seems to indicate. But I just wanted to get any additional information I could on this (very useful!) forum before I head out today to look at one.
Looks like you have a 2008. How would you rate your ownership experience thus far?
My first Mercedes, but probably the best vehicle I've owned (from a mostly American sport/luxury background). It's been almost a year and I've only had one Service A and an alignment (optional, really) so far. Think I got lucky and found one that had been very well maintained.

Runs/drives like a luxury vehicle should. Solely wish it had more power (previously coming from a V8), but I'll take the trade-off in good mileage I suppose. Good looks, solid build quality.

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4matic means you get the solid 5 speed. Basically get the fluid changed if you're not 100% its been done, along with the pilot bushing that leaks and then its good.
Expect to have to do lower arm bushings and ball joints around 100k, watch for tire wear patterns as your signal.

Intake manifold tumble flap arm breaks eventually and you should replace whole intake manifold as the plastic inners can break with age and risk falling into engine.

Other than that, a good car. 2009 also get the AMG bumpers and updated nav system which is nice. Engine will do 300k with no major issues if you keep oil changes frequent.
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The W211 chassis is one of the most solid ones ever made by Mercedes. I still see a lot of them as Taxis in Germany. This means they are very reliable. The 2009 is the last model year for W211, which means all the major problems had been figured out and fixed. I think the 2009 comes with the latest NTG Comand for the W211 and so you won't need to upgrade that.

When you get it, things to do are:
1- Transmission fluid exhcnage and pilot puhsing replacement
2- Transaxle fluid change (rear), or rear and front + transfer case for 4Matic
3- Serpentine belt + pollies + belt tensioner (easy job)
4- Service (oil and filter)
5- Brake fluid flush

I cannot think of any major issue with this model year.
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MB spent 1.1 Billion dollars on the W212 ironing all the bugs out to release series two in late 2012.
They normally spend that amount of dollars on a whole new chassis.
Shows you what issues went with the original release of the W212.

I woyuldn't be buying a series I W212. Either spend more money on a series II or buy a reliable 2008 - 2009 W211 which had all the mechanical bugs ironed out.
The trade off is the electronics. If you can put up with 10 year old electronic technology no problemo.
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I've had my 2008 W211 for a year, 30,000 miles. I've serviced the trans, did plugs and coil pack because I had a misfire code, thermostat and most recently camshaft adjuster magnet all based on codes. All super easy to do. This has been the best car I've had, and as you see, I drive a ton. The 4matic is solid in West Michigan winters and it rides really nice. I have no regrets
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Thanks everyone for your responses. Ended up buying a 2 owner 2009 with the Sport Package for just below KBB in the Pewter Metallic color.
I'll be getting to switching out all the fluids here in the next 2-3 months. I appreciate everyone's response. Seems like the 2009 is better designed and reliable the early W212s.
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Ok, so I have enjoyed the car for the past 5k miles and its time to get new fluids in her.
My plan is to do the front diff, rear diff and the T-case this weekend.

What fluids are recommended for each of these - can I use 75w90 Mobil1 diff lube instead of the MB 75w85? Also, do I need to take apart the prop shaft for the t-case fluid change?
Finally, what did you folks use to pump out the diff lube?

Called up the local Benz dealership. Holy Moly!!!
T-case fluid is $41.81+tax per liter
Diff. lube 85w90 fluid is $62.98 + tax per liter.

Liqui Moly 85w90 is significantly cheaper at the local Napa for about $11+taxes on the quart. Is that an acceptable alternative?
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/85w...ro-moly-lm1035
And what's the verdict on the transmission fluid? Do I use the Valvoline MaxLife Dex/Merc ATF or should I splurge and buy the Pentosin stuff?

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