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I'm considering buying another MB, and plan to have an inspection first. The vehicle looks super clean, serviced regularly they say, (not seen records yet) it has 100k, cats not replaced, and transmission fluid is original, it has not been serviced, which scares me a little. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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The cats would worry me more than the transmission - but then that's maybe only me. ;)
 

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I have 98 e320 225,000 miles, 97 e320 180,000, and 00 CLK 115,000 miles. Non of the complete service records indicated cat replacement. See if the car has been tuned recently.

I would look very closely at the color of transmission fluid. I would very be very concerned if you see black residue on dipstick tool, should be ok if fluid has slight brown color. I purchased my 98 e320 3 years ago for $1,700 since is was advertised with transmissions issues and previous owner did not service fluid ever(fluild had black residue on dipstick and car would sometimes hard shift). When pan was dropped it included a ton of black residue and metal bearings. All in all I had $2,800 total investment into a great car after salvage trans was thrown on it. Beautiful Benz less than new John Deere riding mover, LOL!!
 

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You might want to check the date of original sale and call the dealer. Lot of cats :))) have extended 10 years warranty.
I own 3 W210 and while the gasoline model at 100k was sold with original ATF, I changed the fluid on 2 diesels close to 200k. One fluid did look original. Still no ill effects on transmission.
 

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You have a couple good indies within 5 miles - trust their judgement after a PPI and you will be fine !
 

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You have a couple good indies within 5 miles - trust their judgement after a PPI and you will be fine !
Hi Guys,

I just had an inspection on a 2001 E320 with 112K and here is the list. I've done quite a few of the DIY's on this forum but none of these, so I don't know the degree of difficulty.

I'd also like to know your thoughts on the main items found in the inspection, and please note any of great concern.

Rear after market cats
lower control arm bushings cracked
Trans. mount colapsed
Radiator frame support bent/under parcel broken and zip tied as holes dont line up
belt tensioner starting to make noise
oil level sensor leaking
needs tires soon

Thanks for any help, and advice. :) Take care.

Brent
 

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From the list above -the biggest concern would be aftermarket cats. Will they pass the smog?
I bought our sedan with some damage to the radiator support. It wasn't bad, but a year later radiator started to leak and I had to spend about $500 for the part. Calculate things like this into the purchase price. Tires for those cars are not cheap neither.
 

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I assume the tranny is OK - right ? Thta's the prime issue.

Rear after market cats - as long as the rear cats are marked with the propoer CARB code you are OK, if they do NOT have CARB code/approval, then THAT is a major problem

lower control arm bushings cracked - cracking quite common at that mileage, and the real issue is if there is front end play down there or not. Crakcs can be minor, with no play yet, and then eventually when there gets to be serious play thats when they will need to be replaced. About a $400 job at a indie, if he can do it cleanly and not require a front end alignment which is about $300 more.

Trans. mount colapsed - a bit unuusal, but not carzy. Inexpensive part and relatively easy work. However, this should mean the motor mounts have been replaced already, since what I have seen the motor mounts have to go before that tranny mount goes.

Radiator frame support bent/under parcel broken and zip tied as holes dont line up - CA speed bump damage, it's your choice to live with it or have it fixed.

belt tensioner starting to make noise - new belt and tensioner (litems OE or Uro acceptable) is not that expensive and easy DIY - as long as this is not compressor issue really. Do a climate control check to be sure.

oil level sensor leaking - this relatively small leak is common, if it does not add up to driveway drops or loss of a quart between oil changes many live with it. It is a pan drop and sensor or o-ring replacement, the labor is cleaning and resealing the pan.

needs tires soon - good rubber means great ride for a W210, check for uneven wear lefty-to-right on both front and back on the existing tire.

Use edmunds.com for appraised value - should be like $5500

Keep the faith !
 

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thanks Fab, and Kaj,

It drives well, and trans servise was done. I don't know about CARB code, but it passed smog today. The motor mounts were replaced. Thanks again!

Brent
 

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If the car passed smog - then the cats are CARB approved, or they just didn't look.

If you have fresh motor mounts - it just means they didn't do the tranny mount at the same time, which often is the case. The tranny mount won't be a serious problem with fresh engine mounts - your choice to let it go as it, no rush to replace that little piece of urethane foam since the engine is secure on fresh mounts.

Either way you are in the clear with your new car - enjoy !

P/S: When you get there, the right fresh rubber will make you car feel like a dream !
 
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