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Looks like it was being offered for $3,995.00. Now $500.00 lower.

Here's the dealer's website:

1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Sedan For Sale In el cajon CA 92021 - wsautosalesinc

They also have a 1989 300E w/186,000 miles for $3,995.00. Odd it's older w/slightly fewer miles but more.

So is this car a good deal?

Car build 06/24/1994 and sold on 12/09/1994.

Would I buy it? Not for that price.

I'd say depending upon how the car checks out mechanically $2,900.00 max.

I bought a 1992 400E, 1 owner, 159,000 miles from a dealer for $3,050.00.

They likely bought it for dirt cheap. Although I despise low ballers I'd probably offer them $2,500.00 and go from there. Any lower and they might not respond!
 

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the "E320" emblem is on the wrong side, could be reason to suspect rear accident damage or repaint.
 

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the "E320" emblem is on the wrong side, could be reason to suspect rear accident damage or repaint.
x2. Even if it was just a respray, it was done by some place that doesn't know MBs.
 

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YELLOW CAUTION FLAGS APPEAR

the "E320" emblem is on the wrong side, could be reason to suspect rear accident damage or repaint.
x2. Even if it was just a respray, it was done by some place that doesn't know MBs.

My thoughts exactly. Conceivably it could have been hit hard enough that the rear license plate was damaged and removed (unless the dealer takes them off cars for sale).

Typically California cars have the same license plates for life, unless damaged, personalised plates were removed or the car just came in from out of state.

The books and manuals if the dealer did not discard them often enable you to trace back some of the history.

It's not a 1995 Special Edition as claimed. If it was it would have chrome mouldings along the door windows at the bottom. However, CARFAX reports show ALL 1995 w124 sedans incorrectly as Special Editions, so if the dealer got the information from there maybe it is not his fault.

In fact it may be a nice car, but certain valid questions have been raised, so I'd approach with caution and negotiate with an attitude of indifference.
 

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Driver's seat has collapsed too, it will not be comfy for longish trips especially if you weigh more than 75 - 80 kgs.
 

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Something is amiss with the rear bumper. On a 1995 the impact strip wraps all the way around the bumper. On that car it's a pre facelift impact strip--from a 1993 or earlier.
 

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Something is amiss with the rear bumper. On a 1995 the impact strip wraps all the way around the bumper. On that car it's a pre facelift impact strip--from a 1993 or earlier.
Oh good catch! That one is very significant. With picture of whatever the problem was with pictures of the repair procedure with knowledge of who performed it - at that price, walk away!
 

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Here is the data card from the Russian site.

Название val
fin WDBEA32E6SC160817
vin WDB1240321C160817
whc WDB
chassbm 124032
chass_ident 1C160817
type 124
subbm1 032
subbm2
auxiliary_drive
body 00000
body_code
delivery_date
engine 104992 12 064122
front_axle1
front_axle2
heater
interior 261
lights BOSCH
model_idx 7
odometer
order_num1 0470510716
paint1 040
paint2
paint3
paint4
paint5 61
platform
production_num1
production_order_ref
rear_axle1
rear_axle2
release_date
retarder
rims
service_num
steering
trailer
transfer_case
transmission 722369 04 022484
vin_dc EA32E6SC160817
vinwhc
winch
wiper SWF
Code Текст
222 RIGHT FRONT SEAT, ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE
240 OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR
241 FRONT SEAT LH ELECTRIC ADJUSTABLE WITH MEMORY
251 RADIO MB - EXQUISIT - USA
280 LEATHER STEERING WHEEL AND LEATHER GEAR SHIFT KNOB
291 AIRBAG FOR FRONT PASSENGER
300 Unknown
340 ADDITIONAL 3RD STOP LAMP
412 Unknown
420 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 4-GEAR
430 HEADREST IN THE REAR, LEFT AND RIGHT
443 Unknown
461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND
494 VERSION FOR USA
524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION
543 SUN VISOR WITH MAKE-UP MIRROR L. AND R., BE-
551 ANTI-THEFT/ANTI-BREAK-IN WARNING SYSTEM
588 Unknown
593 ALL-ROUND WD-GREEN GLASS,HEATED REAR WINDOW-ESG,BF
611 EXIT LIGHTS FOR DRIVER DOORS
639 Unknown
652 8-HOLE LIGHT ALLOY RIMS
668 PACKAGING FOR SHIPPING VEHICLES WITH TIE-DOWN HOOK
805 AEJ 06/1/M/X
810 SOUND SYSTEM
040 C 220 CANADA SPECIAL EDITION [note: this code is the color for the W124, not Canada special edition]
61 Unknown
261 TYPE DESIGNATION ON FENDER / SIDEWARD DELETION
 

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Something is amiss with the rear bumper. On a 1995 the impact strip wraps all the way around the bumper. On that car it's a pre facelift impact strip--from a 1993 or earlier.
Good eye, I actually think the early bumper look's good
on that car. But that & the emblem on the wrong side
means rear end damage.
 

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Not necessarily.

I moved the badge on my last car to the other side of the trunk and my current 400E has no badge and has never been hit.

Look at the car and look in the spare tire well.

But that & the emblem on the wrong side
means rear end damage.
 

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Not necessarily.

I moved the badge on my last car to the other side of the trunk and my current 400E has no badge and has never been hit.

Look at the car and look in the spare tire well.
I'm saying that the wrong rear bumper AND the emblem
ponts to rear end damage. Not saying it's carved in stone.

Most people update the bumpers to facelift, not backward.
 

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and pre-facelift bumper is likely a sign of price based decision making.

Though still, just talking possibilities...
 

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That is true!

It's being sold at a pot lot.

I didn't notice the emblem or rear bumper... $1,700.00 offer for a dealer.

My car still has the original VIN stickers on the bumpers.


I'm saying that the wrong rear bumper AND the emblem
ponts to rear end damage. Not saying it's carved in stone.

Most people update the bumpers to facelift, not backward.
 

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Let's not forget, we're talking about a $2500 car. Whether the car suffered rear end damage or not, really isn't going to impact the value by much. the important thing is if it was damaged, was it a quality repair? If it were a 500E, cabriolet, or low production special model, fully original condition would mean more.
My car was rearended in 1991, repaired at an MB dealership in Atlanta, the replacement parts have the correct "R-DOT" stickers indicating genuine MB replacement parts. 21 years later, the repair work is still fine including a spot on match for the repainted sections in both color and sheen.
With cars of this age, a greater concern would be structural integrity from rust.
 

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Depending upon whether it was hit or not and how well the repair was, you are partially correct. An accident will always reduce the value... less on a car like this than on a 500E, but it will affect resale.

I don't like to see any potential issues like this when I buy a used car... what else is hidden? Now if I know I'm buying a basket case, that's a different matter. But this car is being presented as very clean which, possibly, it is not.


Let's not forget, we're talking about a $2500 car. Whether the car suffered rear end damage or not, really isn't going to impact the value by much. the important thing is if it was damaged, was it a quality repair? If it were a 500E, cabriolet, or low production special model, fully original condition would mean more.
My car was rearended in 1991, repaired at an MB dealership in Atlanta, the replacement parts have the correct "R-DOT" stickers indicating genuine MB replacement parts. 21 years later, the repair work is still fine including a spot on match for the repainted sections in both color and sheen.
With cars of this age, a greater concern would be structural integrity from rust.
 

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Depending upon whether it was hit or not and how well the repair was, you are partially correct. An accident will always reduce the value... less on a car like this than on a 500E, but it will affect resale.

I don't like to see any potential issues like this when I buy a used car... what else is hidden? Now if I know I'm buying a basket case, that's a different matter. But this car is being presented as very clean which, possibly, it is not.
There's no question that accidents always diminish a car's value. my point is that there is not enough diminished value money at stake here to take this car from poor value to good value. The trunk emblem has been installed incorrectly, at least from a quickie paint job to cover failing clear coat. A proper quality paint job would cost way more than what the car is worth regardless of what the selling price was. If the car was recently wrecked and repaired, the cost to correctly repair would way outstrip the value of the car. Any repairs would be half-assed and glaringly obvious with cursory inspection. To me the question would be, do you walk away from this one or run away from it.
 
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