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Hello 210'ers I come from the w124, w126, w140 world. I am pondering over a 96 E300D 150k I hear about electrical issues with this car. Is it really that bad? How is engine and tranny reliability? Does the engine suffer from any major issues? Does this car have the supposed sealed for life tranny? Thanks.
 

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Sold my E300D with 23X,000 on it in perfect running condition.
Still the turbo version I keep is way better "investment".
Haven't heard about too many electrical issues on them. I had to shave $400 for pedal position sensor and about $80 for set of new fuel tubings, than motor mounts, flex disk.
Some things you can expect on the old clunker. But the cars was still drip free after all that mileage.
And regardless some abuse from previous owners the paint still shines.
 

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Megadiesel,

So far I did not have too much problems with the E300TD W210 that I have, one of the standard options on the W210 as compared to earlier model-series is rust, rust and rust.
My E300TD now has a 350 K(Km) experience, and still spinning like a satisfied cat, besides a back-log in (proper) maintenance sofar no problems.
And yep I also prefer the Turbo version above the non-turbo...
The tranny is a 722.x, initially indicated to be life-time filed, practically you need to do a change every 60 K (Km)

Cheers,
Ingmar
 

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I have a 96 E300D. It's a solid car, with an engine just like previous ones bullet-proof. Although some owners reported electronic issues I have not run into them yet - every time it starts and go. 96 model doesn't have a turbo on it, pick-up is kind of slow, but I got pretty good gas mileage 28/35 mpg local/highway.

Transmission-wise, it is smooth. I don't think it is a sealed one though - the previous owner just had his mechnic change transmission fluid before I took it over, I could see it's fresh. I haven't gone under the floor to check it out yet, but I think it is a traditional 4 speed tranny. Kinda like it that way so tranny will last longer and cost less on maintenance.

Overall, I like this car.
 

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Thanks for the info everyone I appreciate it. I passed on the car though. However this model is my choice for next diesel! All the best.
 
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