Date registered: May 2016
Vehicle: 2000 S430, 2003 S430, 2003 S600 TT, and 2005 E320 CDI
Mentioned: 169 Post(s)
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^^ Really? That's interesting, because in 2006-2007, I was reading Diesel Power magazine. They did a special on first the '06 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (stick shift), and the the Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI. They had nothing but praise for either car. So, I took an '06 Jetta TDI 5-speed for a test drive and very nearly bought it on the spot. The E320 CDI, I bought never having driven one before, and I'm glad for making the purchase. The reviews clearly were right.
The "Black Death" can be an issue, sure. But then, I wouldn't be putting foam right on top of the fuel injectors the way the CDI's have. I'd do that sound deadening another way, and due to this forum's warnings about Black Death, I did remove that insulating foam. Sure, my car sounds kinda like a John Deere tractor. So what? The car is as solid as a block of granite, and that engine will last, and last, and last.
The SBC issue was an issue, yes. Fortunately, MBUSA took care of that recently with the 25-year warranty.
The problem that a lot of us foresee with these newer cars with their newer emissions systems is that A.) parts like replacement DPF's are very expensive, and B.) it seems that almost every nut and bolt has to be VIN-locked to the car, with things like SCN codes that only the stealership has access to. That's why I bought my CDI, because it's the last "modern" M-B Diesel that should be relatively easy to DIY.
2000 S430 (Dad's car, used for special occasions)
2000 S500 (wife's DD: my first W220 project car)
2003 S600 ("sex on wheels"--second w220 project car)
2003 S430 (one of two current DD's--third W220 project car)
2005 E320 CDI (the other current DD--first W211 project car)