os there any sound i should hear if they are getting close to failing? what is the average milage they fail at?If it is the 350 be careful about the engine. That year hold a percentage of them that had soft balance
shaft sprockets. They failed and leave the owner with a multi-thousand dollar repair.
The engine serial number needs to be checked.
If good service records are not available for any car this complex then find one with records. If they
were neglected you will spend untold sums of money fixing neglected items.
There is a pretty large difference in MPG for the 350 vs the 500. If mpg or gas price is a concern, then I would consider the 350. My sources at Atlantic Richfield say gas will be $7 or $8 a gallon by December of this year. I would also consider the blue tech diesel, again, if gas is a concern.i am deciding on buying a 04 e500 with 120k km or a 06 e350 97k km. what are some things i should look for and maintnance that i should so to have a peace of mind? thank you.
You really should spend a lot more time doing research here and other places before you make your decision. There's a lots of good info here to help you make a choice that's right for you. Here's the link to a very useful tool.yes i am not worried at all about fuel economy. i am only frustrated in musterious and expensive things that could happen. i am buying the car in vancouver, british columbia, canada.
yes i have never ever trusted these inspections that dealers apparently do and certify a vehicle. i mean, why should the dealer put another 1000 buxks into a problem found at their own onspection if they can save it and still sell it. i have been around these liars and dont trust them. best way to do is get a mechanic you know and get in inspected. not some buddy of the dealer lol
should i do tranny flush too when i get time for it? should i use mercedes tranny oil or can i use these synthetic tranny oils they sell?? are the suspensions air or hydraulic these years?
thanks for the input so far