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      1998 E320 base sedan @ 242 kmiles
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      My advice - buy Bosch OE equivalents - simplest "old" cross-reference is #7422 - for 12pc set $60 on Amazon:

      https://www.amazon.com/Piece-Bosch-...TF8&qid=1509662912&sr=8-3&keywords=bosch+7422

      Buy $16 "boot removal tool" used to "pop off" the spark plug connectors

      https://www.amazon.com/EWK-Mercedes...26&sr=8-1&keywords=mercedes+boot+removal+tool

      Then search for a 5/8" ball socket swivel socket - and needs thinner wall.

      A "pea" size dollop of dielectric grease for the top of the spark plug electrode for when you snap the boots back on.

      It's a afternoon expereince not to be missed !
       
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      Hard to judge metallic silver from digital photos - to the good body panel and front/rear bumper alignment seem OK.

      Belt tensioner is "new" style - which is correct for 2002 - idler pulley seems to be a Gates replacement - also all to the good.

      His posting of the CarFax "might" be incomplete - service history starts in 2006 - frankly not uncommon not to have earlier history - but could be 1/2 missing pages not to be concerned with.

      1) Cluster has bulb out in left side display - small thing - easy.

      2) Consider a dealer rear alignment - appears from photo passenger rear tire is wearing a bit excessively on inside tred - which commonly is caused at some point in it's life by a tow hooking at rear suspension that side to pull up on a flat bed - I have seen "most" indies not get rear alignment right - reason I recommend a dealer or proven indie rear alignment.

      3) Seller set climate contol to OFF - I would scroll thru temp/digits on both sides to check for any missing LCD segments - since OFF sometimes is used to mask missing LCD digit segments - missing/lost segments is not that uncommon.

      4) I would "assume" you will have a SRS light - since that is more common - and no SRS light is less common - SRS personally does not concern me - might concern you.

      I understand valve cover gaskets - actually some seepage over time is to be expected - mount replacement often by a idie dealer will be China mounts - on motor mounts can be OK for awhile - tranny mount OK for a long while - but China mounts mounts do not have the "expected life" of OE/Lemfoerder-Sachs.

      If it was me and I just got it in...and my intent is long term hold past 125K

      1) IMMEDIATE - tranny service w/correct fluid - correct procedure best done using "pump-full-replacement" procedure shown in the stickies - or "standard" procedure pan drop which replaces 60% approx. DIY "full" repacement or experienced indie "standard" procedure to assure correct new/correct fluid

      2) IMMEDIATE - replacement tranny adapter plug - can be done at same times as tranny service - note dealer/indie protocols do not call for plug replacement unless you specify this - and indie needs to have correct MB/MOPAR plug from your hand to insure aftermarket connector is NOT used - genuine MB/MOPAR part only - like $10 on Amazon - NOT China/quasi-brand part - if internal leakage old plug - DIY pull/clean TCM with MAF cleaner

      Amazon.com: CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP SPRINTER NAG TRANSMISSION CONNECTOR: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@41FcUzdKEnL

      3) IMMEDIATE - coolant change with correct MB or Valvoline/Zerex G05 - if water mix use distilled water only. Last coolant change was 2006 - correct coolant w/distilled is pH neutral - old coolant (which could be right or wrong coolant) loses pH neutral - and//or if used tap water - loses pH neutral leads to premature t-stat/water-pump/radiator failure

      Amazon.com: OES Genuine Coolant/Antifreeze 1 Gallon: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gZ%2BqB2o%[email protected]@[email protected]@41gZ%2BqB2o%2BL

      Amazon.com: Zerex ZXGO51 G-05 Antifreeze - Gallon: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51HVbHhcu1L

      4) IMMEDIATE - with manual reset instructions in hand - with radio code - key out of ignition - pull/clean battery terminals including ground connection - re-install - follow reset procedures incl radio - steering angle sensor - each/all-4 window - sunroof to prevent premature failure of window regulators and/or sunroof motor due to loss/over-time of original settings. If you don't have owner's manual - download pdf manual from mbusa.com under Owner's Section

      5) Immediate/Minor - small $3.20 thing from Amazon - fresh/correct Maxell batteries/hologram-pack batteries for both fob's - 2 each and you won't have to worry for another 10yrs - link for correct/best batteries + fob install below

      Amazon.com: Maxell Battery, Energizer #cr2025, Pack Of 5: Health & Personal [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417rPJu5%[email protected]@[email protected]@417rPJu5%2BaL


      6) Immediate/Minor - 1/2 bottle of Stabil Blue to clean up tank and fuel system - follow with the other 1/2 5K miles later:

      Amazon.com: STA-BIL 360 22241 Marine with Vapor Technology, 10 oz.: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@4182pPX4JLL

      7. Immediate/Minor - some might consider a "major" fresh Mann (or Bosch) fuel filter - you will need a couple standard hose clamps to replace the Mercedes tricksters - filter under $40

      Amazon.com: Mann-Filter WK 720 Fuel Filter: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51qCFlcXR2L

      8. Immediate/Minor - Mann airfilter under $14 on the internet - NOT a retail auto parts store generic filter

      Amazon.com: Mann-Filter C 32 164 Mercedes Air Filter: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@514LCi7mMZL

      9. Immediate/Minor - fresh fleece correct oil filter - Mann is cheap

      Amazon.com: Mercedes-Benz Engine Oil Filter Fleece Mann-Filter OEM HU71 8/5X => 2006-2007 C230 / 2001-2005 C240 / 1998-2007 C280 / 2008-2012 C300 / 2002-2004 C32 AMG / 2001-2005 C320 / 2006-2011 C350 / 2012 M272 C350 / 1998-2000 / 2005-2006 C55 AMG / 2000-2006 CL500 / 2001-2006 CL55 AMG / 2007-2011 CL550 / 2001-2002 CL600 / 1998-2005 CLK320 / 2006-2009 CLK350 / 1999-2003 CLK430 / 2003-2006 CLK500 / 2001-2006 CLK55 AMG / 2007-2009 CLK550 / 2006 CLS500 CLS55 AMG S350 / 2007-2011 CLS550 / 1998-2004 E320 / 2005 GAS E320 / 2006-2009 E350 / 2010-2011 GAS E350 / 2003-2006 E500 / 1999-2006 E55 AMG / 2007-2011 E550 / 2002-2008 G500 / 2003-2011 G55 AMG / 2009-2011 G550 / 2007-2012 GL450 / 2008-2012 GL550 / 2008-2012 GL550 / 2010-2012 GLK350 / 1998-2003 ML320 / 2003-2009 ML350 / 2010-2011 GAS ML350 / 1999-2001 ML430 / 2010-2011 ML450 / 2002-2007 ML500 / 2000-2003 ML55 AMG / 2008-2011 ML550 / 2006-2009 R350 / 2010-2012 GAS R350 / 2006-2007 R500 / 2010-2012 S400 / 2000-2006 S430 S500 / 2001-2006 S55 AMG / 2007-2011 S550 / 2012 M273 S550 / 2001-2012 S600 / 1999-2006 SL500 / 2003-2008 SL55 AMG / 2007-2012 SL550 / 2006-2008 SLK280 / 2009-2011 SLK300 / 2002-2004 SLK32 AMG / 2001-2004 SLK320 / 2005-2011 SLK350: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51mMCtMjWLL

      10. Immediate/Minor - clean MAF - $9 bottle of MAF cleaner - seller used a silicone spray to "shine up" the engine compartment

      11. Consider - fresh plug replacement - by age - correct OE replacement Bosch 7422 - under $60 on Amazon

      Amazon.com: 12 Piece Set of Bosch OEM Spark Plug # 0242230500 / FR8DPP33+ - Mercedes Benz OE #'s 0041591903 / 0041591926: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51ccR0U2MEL

      12. Consider - if DIY spark plug job - nice "boot-tool" + swivel socket helps a lot - this set sold by a forum member on ebay:

      Mercedes Spark Plug Wire Wrench and Socket Tool 112 113 | eBay


      That sshould keep you busy and get your new rig top notch !
       
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      Please understand you need "thin wall" - and frankly from what I see I "think" your suggestion won't cut it.

      It is not something you can tell from outside/diameter photo - it has to do with the "thin wall" inside the socket.

      I would not even try to do a W210 V8 without the "proven" swivel thin wall socket and boot tool - and frankly haven't done the V6 in awhile and over a additional to get the "proven" set I wouldn't risk the frustration.

      Mercedes Spark Plug Wire Wrench and Socket Tool 112 113 | eBay

      I would use Bosch 7422 - about $58 per 12 pc set Amazon or eBay - do NOT use anti-seize:

      Amazon.com: 12 Piece Set of Bosch OEM Spark Plug # 0242230500 / FR8DPP33+ - Mercedes Benz OE #'s 0041591903 / 0041591926: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51ccR0U2MEL

      A generous size tube of dielectric grease - lifetime supply:

      Amazon.com: Permatex 22058 Dielectric Tune-Up Grease, 3 oz. Tube: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@512va8iWplL
       
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      If you replaced your fuel filter - good thing is to replace those Mercedes trickster clip-clamps with standard small hose clamps - you did that, or was that already changed out before when you were down their ?

      If you are a Amazon Prime guy - go there - again, Mann or Bosch only (no - Mehle Original does NOT mean the Mehle is the OR Original, branding trick only) - I happen to prefer Bosch on the fuel filter.

      I cannot confirm this will solve your problem - but let's get this out of the way 1st with correct fuel filter, fresh clamps (yes, those clamps can be Autozone) and see if this solves your problem

      Often, incorrect/failed filter can be the cause, accentuated if someone "tops off" when filling the tank - no "top off" when filling W210 since top off can cause fuel to run into the canister.

      Get that correct filter in before we have to dig into the cannister/shutoff valve thing - take heart - sh*tty fuel filter commonly a major cause of what you are experiencing.

      If a Amazon Prime guy - the correct Mann air filter (better fit and better filter than retail auto parts store brand) is like $14 delivered Prime (I change air filter at each oil change) - the correct OE equivalent Hengst fleece oil filter $10 Prime - MB coolant $25 a gallon concentrate (use distilled water for mix only) - and Prime those are dleivered prices/no tax yet..

      Amazon your transmission service parts - Mercedes OE - connector, gasket, filter $38 total: Amazon.com: Mercedes-Benz Transmission Filter + Gasket + Connector (722.6xx) Genuine OE 140: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@41fX-H3b8aL

      Commonly used tranny fluid Shell 134 - either from local Shell distributor - or from Amazon - do NOT use incorrect fluid/autoparts stuff junk.

      if you plan DIY tranny (personally not my thing as I have a good indie) then you will also need a correct dipstick (Aamzon) and some also use a IR thermometer and others just let car get to operating temp for correct measurement of tranny fluid level at correct operating temp.

      Amazon 12 pc Bosch 7422 spark plug: Amazon.com: 12 Piece Set of Bosch OEM Spark Plug # 0242230500 / FR8DPP33+ - Mercedes Benz OE #'s 0041591903 / 0041591926: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51ccR0U2MEL

      eBay : spark plug thin wall swicel socket and "boot" tool set: Mercedes Spark Plug Wire Wrench and Socket Tool 112 113 | eBay

      Good luck - you have enough ingo to ge to a good start without breaking the bank !
       

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