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So after fixing the electrical gremlins, we discovered the evaporator is bad.

Indie guy is giving a quote of 1300 based on the part and 14 hours labor.

Is a 98 e320 worth putting that kind of money into?
 

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99 E430, 01 E430 Sport, 00 SL500
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It depends on how long you plan to keep the car.
From your numbers, it's about $3K total ($100/hour labor) to fix.
$3K divides by the number of days to keep the car will help you decide.
 

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2010 E350 P1/P2, 2008 S550 Designo, 2002 ML320
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It's all about the miles left on the car, really. If you would drive the car another 5 years/60k miles, then sure it is worth it. If you don't like the car and don't mind having a payment or shelling out 10k for a new car (with new, yet unknown problems) then sell it. No one in my neck of the woods will buy a car without working A/C, but perhaps you won't have that problem?
 

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I had small and intermittent leak for years that I concluded has to be evaporator and in desperation put sealer into the system. That was last year and I did not add refrigerant since.
No offense, but $1500 car is not worth $3000 repair. Unless you have the car in pristine condition and are hoping they become collectible.
 

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On W210 it is not uncommon for a leak at the expansion valve to be misdiagnosed as a evaporator leak. The W210 evaporator was not a wholesale problem like earlier 320's.

Expansion valve leaks stay steady are are low-medium - a evaporator leak gets worse over time and ultimately is like a screen door - everything "poof".

Not saying yours is one way or another - keep the beat !
 
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