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i found this 1995 mercedes s320 with 81,000 mi. at a dealership near my house. The manager said he would give me the car for $6500 if i bring the cash within a weak. i test drove the car and it was smooth and great. however, the a/c blows air but not cold its mild temprature air. i heard this car is good on gas for a 6 cylinder. here is the link:

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp;?tracktype=usedcc&searchType=21&pageNumber=0&numResultsPerPage=50&largeNumResultsPerPage=0&sortorder=descending&sortfield=PRICE+descending&certifiedOnly=false&criteria=K-|E-|M-_31_|B-8000|D-_289_|N-N|R-50|I-1|P-PRICE+descending|Q-descending|Z-60004&aff=national&paId=273240296&recnum=0&leadExists=true

i need opinion to whether buy this car or not as much info as possible since i never bought a benz before. And if anyone knows the gas mileage that would be great!
 

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That's a nice looking car with very low mileage, but looks can't tell you much. If the AC is out it could be a just a recharge, or more likely a new evaporator - possibly $2500 or more. A lot of times this is when someone trades in a car like that, when a major repair looms. Have it checked by an independent MB mechanic for $100 before you plunk down big money

I have a 1996 S320 and strictly highway at 65, I can get 26-27 mpg. Combined, maybe 22. I've never driven just city driving, but I would guess 18-19.

Do some searches here in the next few days, you will learn a lot.
 

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I would go with the s420, not sure on the diffrence between gas mileage. Keep in mind the thing that always comes up with the s320 is the engine size, it's kinda small for that tank like car. Head gasket issues are common with that model.
 

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When someone tells you "cash" this week, keep on walking. As someone said the early to late 140s all suffered from evaporator issues, minimum $3500 to $5000 if done at a dealer. I would ask to get the car checked out, it would be money well invested. The check can be done at a MB dealer and should not cost more than a few hundred, dont have it checked at anyone the dealer recommends.
 

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looks to me like its worth the 6500 bucks but like what was said before..anything too good to be true usually is...
 

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RE: Mercedes s320

thanx guys, i got the car checked and it was a simple recharge so, i bougt the car however i heard these cars hav a closing assist feature, it says in my booklet but when i close the doors, i definitely have to use more than usual muscle to close or open
any advice would be helpful!
 

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thowever i heard these cars hav a closing assist feature, it says in my booklet but when i close the doors, i definitely have to use more than usual muscle to close or open any advice would be helpful!
First try to reset the system by pulling and re-inserting the #9 fuse in the trunk. If that doesn't fix it than search this forum. It is a much discussed topic.
 

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mine has 64,000 miles but ive never past the 20mpg mark. made my wife drive it for 2 weeks and she got 24

i average 16mpg (90% city, 10% freeway)
 

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mine has 64,000 miles but ive never past the 20mpg mark. made my wife drive it for 2 weeks and she got 24

i average 16mpg (90% city, 10% freeway)
Hmmm, you might want to consider checking your O2 sensor(s) then.
 

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Cross your fingers that the A/C problem was just a recharge. Usually is always the evaporators at fault when there is no cold air.

Oh, by the way, ALL W140s will suffer from evap problems, up to the last one produced (they all have the aluminum/copper combo evap which gives the problem) not only the early ones.

Seems also your close assist pump is dead (a very common problem like the evaps on W140s). Is about $600 to replace.

The 6-cylinders a O.K., they have a higher ratio transmission which somewhat balances the lack of power compared to a V-8.
 

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Yeah, the power of the 320 is ok for normal day to day driving. It's not slow, not fast, just completely adequate...but at highway speeds in excess of 80 it'll be surprisingly fast for it's weight and power.

So is the A/C Evaporator pretty much a guaranteed repair in any W140? Is it just something I should expect to pay for, or are there some that have never had them repaired?
 

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s320 question

Hey everyone,
I'm looking at buying this car off craigslist. Going to test drive it tonight. Anybody have any tips for me or things to look for? According to the guy it's in pristine condition but on craigslist that seems to mean something different that what I thought it did.
I've currently got a w123 85 300TD wagon. The car has been great to me but I'm ready for an upgrade. Thanks for your help. You can email me at groovinit18(at)hotmail.com. Thanks again.


1996 Mercedes Benz S320 Fully Loaded
 

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MY 300TDT was probaly the most reliable, economical, and the lowest cost of maintenance. I have (had) a 89 SEC, 89 SL, 98ML (junk), 2001E wagon, and my 92 500 SEL has cost me more than all of them. It is still a great ride, just expect some higher than average maintenace costs.
Evap, close pumps, trans, bose, suspension issues, just to name a few.
 

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thanx guys, i got the car checked and it was a simple recharge so, i bougt the car however i heard these cars hav a closing assist feature, it says in my booklet but when i close the doors, i definitely have to use more than usual muscle to close or open
any advice would be helpful!

Not ALL of the W140's had this feature - before you go pulling fuses and the like, confirm that your model actually had this to start with.
 

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far as I know, all 140's sold in the US came with the close assist feature.
 

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I average about 17 around town, and maybe 22-23 on the highway, lightly loaded at 70-75mph. Load it down with a full set of passengers, or a lot of junk in the trunk, and mileage will drop to about 20. I just did a 500-mile one-way trip averaging 70-75 with a trunk full of stuff (to the lid, literally), and a single passenger and got 20mpg.

One section of the trip was in very hilly terrain - about 35 miles worth, and I had to downshift to 4th to keep the transmission from constantly downshifting and upshifting.

Push the car to 85, and expect the mileage to plummet - maybe 18mpg, even travelling solo.

I-6 cars are much less tolerant of heavy loading - they're really underpowered for their size, and when taxed, have to work much harder to maintain speed. The v-8 cars "loaf" at cruising speed, and don't care very much whether you're alone, or loaded for bear.
 
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