Most W220's spent their lives in the ownership of people who took great care to keep them running well and looking good. The interiors are well-made and tend not to show a lot of wear, so there will be plenty of clean older S classes running around. Unfortunately, it's all irrelevant when it comes to systems in the car that are prone to failure regardless of how well it was maintained, and those systems can cost several thousand dollars to repair or replace.Quick question:
I am interested in buying a used S430 (2003) with 187K miles (340K Km). The body and interior are perfect. I am a newbie with MB. Could you help me out please?
180k is nothing.. An air strut is now $400 and these trannies are everywhere.. a rebuilt tranny is surprisingly cheap.. I want to say $1,600 give or take.. As for the 7k car now in it 17k.. you don't get it? Why do you think these hundred thousand dollar cars are so cheap? Because of that right there.. They are cheap because of the repair cost.. At 7k you are actually reaping the benefits of the high costs because they are expected to be expensive to repair, and it's expected to cost 17k which is why it's so cheap.. if you don't break, your on top.. if you do, your right on track..You can't drive the car when the Airmatic fails, or when a tranny goes... they have to be fixed or the car becomes virtually worthless. So, if you spend $10k on a very used S Class, how are you going to handle it when a $7,000 repair pops up? Don't repair it...car has parts-only value. Repair it...you have $17,000 in car that's worth less than the $10k you paid for it, and no guarantee that nothing else will fail.
I guess the question is, how far upside down are you willing to get. For me, 180k miles is about 90k miles too many.
Hmm...my schedule's a bit different. I replace my engine oil and filter every 5,000 miles, and I will replace the transmission fluid and filter every 50K. That transmission fluid is the full 14L exchange method. The Mercedes computer that says "Service A due in XXXX miles" isn't something that I personally would trust. Yeah, I know, "Mercedes-Benz engineered the car, they know better than I do," and that's undoubtedly true. Of course they do. I also know that I intend to keep my cars, as Maurice does, to 300,000 miles and hopefully beyond. They're excellent motorcars.I have a S430 year 2000 I bought it with 36000 miles. I have change the air suspension strut, new brakes, and at 188000 miles I change the front end upper, lower ball joints and the arms, the car runs like new and I am planning to got to 300000 miles. I will recommend you to change your oil every 10000 miles and the transmission oil when you reach 90000, also have the air compressor change for a new one it only cost around $ 350 and it will save you of changing the suspension struts, always start the car and let it run for no less than 2 minutes to get the car up and then go. I hope this help you
I hate you guys across the pond for having W220 CDI's when we can't have 'em over here...maybe someday I'll find a W220 with a bad engine, an E320's motor, and SDS-program it all into working together. I've long had a fantasy of taking, say, a 1994-1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck and stuffing a 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel into it, just for the lulz. This would be the "auf Deutsch" version of the same thing.Hi,
The above echo's all my sentiments exactly, in particular.........
Changing Oil and Filter at 5 - 6k miles, tranny fluid and filter 80 - 90 k etc etc .........
Oils and Filters cost buttons from factors, you don't have to buy the dearest Oil and Genuine Filters, because you are changing it more regularly. I saw this first hand this week, I recently broke up a 638 V Class 220 CDI, and needed a good Head for a job. This vehicle had covered 270,000 miles from new, was owned by a large fleet owner that i work for. He changes Oil and filters on all his vehicles at 6000 miles. The engine I stripped was like brand new inside, and I have no reason to doubt it would have done another 270,000.
I love BIG Diesels, 25 years ago I shoehorned a 6.5 Turbo V8 GMC, 700R4 Tranny and a 1:1 3 speed Auto RR Transfer Box into a Classic Range Rover.I've long had a fantasy of taking, say, a 1994-1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck and stuffing a 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel into it, just for the lulz.