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I am a newbie with a (new for me) year 2000 e-320 4matic. I have already found some of the outstanding problems such as wheel lug bolts breaking. What are the major distinctions between face lift models and year 2000? Any advice appreciated. Regards,Abe G
 

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For a W210 - "facelift" does not represent any major change to merchanical or electrical systems whatsoever.

"Lug bolt" breakage is not a "problem" resulting from the design or mechanics of the W210 - that is a problem that results from inadequate maintenance or service by a owner especially in those salt-winter states.

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1996 - 1999 is pre facelift
2000 - 2002 is facelift

"On July 21, 1998, design patents were filed on an updated W210(designed in 1997).As a result, for the 2000 model year, a new multi-function information system was incorporated into the instrument cluster below the speedometer, and the introduction of steering wheel controls for the audio/navigation/phone system. In addition, the 5-speed automatic transmission introduced "Touch Shift," which used the +/- gate positions for manumatic control (similar to the VW/Porsche "Tiptronic" system). Exterior changes included a revised front with a steeper rake, similar to the CLK, and restyled bumpers and lower body trim."
 

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I would consider stiffening the cabin frame the major improvement.
W210 exist since 1995, while made it to US in 1996
The lug bolt becomes problem when non trailed operator applies bending force on the extended head while turning the bolt. On our newly purchased car, the bolts took estimated 200 ft-lb to break loose. My son could not do it, so I had to put my hands on it. But I have the proper cross wrench that applies no bending force while properly used.
 

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Thanks to all for their information. Any additional info on"face lift models" is appreciated. Regards, Abe G
 

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Thanks to all for their information. Any additional info on"face lift models" is appreciated. Regards, Abe G
Didn't find my earlier post here but here are some differences between pre-facelift/facelift (at least in European models):

Turning lights in mirrors, different auxiliary brake light, slightly different front side (lower grill and head lights (more narrow also), different air intake holes, side list colored same as car color, different tail lights, new engine choices (270CDI and 320 CDI) with flexible controlled turbo chargers and water cooled alernators, 6 gear manual transmission available. New regular features: ESP, electric controlled seats, window airbags, driving computer, 8 loudspeakers, cruise control also in manual transmissions. Steering wheel, different instrument cluster (+command available), new upholstery choices, damped glove box opening, backseat headrest lowering with button. E200 engine came with turbo charger, E240 engine expanded to 2,6 liter size.
 

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....new engine choices (270CDI and 320 CDI) with flexible controlled turbo chargers and water cooled alernators.....
That sounds like an unnecssary complication that would impact reliability (more brekdowns) and would make DIY repairs more dificult.

Are W210/W211 320CDIs actually more likely to develop faults / have more breakdowns then W210 300TDs?


...backseat headrest lowering with button...
Have that in my 1998 E300TD.
 

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thanks for all the replys

Thank you all for replys and suggestions! Regards, Abe G
 

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That sounds like an unnecssary complication that would impact reliability (more brekdowns) and would make DIY repairs more dificult.

Are W210/W211 320CDIs actually more likely to develop faults / have more breakdowns then W210 300TDs?




Have that in my 1998 E300TD.

I would not say that for example water cooled alternator will fail more often than 'normal' one, but its more expensive! CDI engines has some 'features' of course (which will malfunction sometimes), and of course more electronic is causing more electric problems. 300TD has been stated as one of the most reliable engines, but I wouldn't call it trouble free either ;) And 320CDI (I6) is perhaps little more reliable than later V6 engines. But again, power readings 300TD --> 320CDI V6 has some difference and economy too.

I think that the head rest button has been available for earlier models but in facelift it came standard option in Europe. US models had different option sets, more standard devices etc.
 

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These parts keep coming up in discussions, but it seems like radiator core support changes & crossmember changes would mean that they would have to do all of the crash testing over again.

Anyone know?
 
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