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i'm looking at a 1998 s320 (w140). anything in particular that i should watch out for?
 

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I have a friend that had a 92 420SEL (before they changed the naming convention) and he had nothing but problems with the car. Not sure if it was due to first year niggles or what, but he spent TONS of cash trying to keep it running properly.

His experience and the posts I've read about electronic/hydraulic problems with those cars was my primary reason for going for a 126 instead of a 140. Plus, the 126 is enormously better looking.

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http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1193192&posts=32&hl=want+buy

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1125015&posts=32&hl=want+buy
 

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ok...not arguing with the fact that the 126 is better...thats why i'm keeping mine.

this is a car i want to get for my father.

what i've been able to gather from the linked threads, is that its down to the individual car u are lucky or unlucky enough to get.

ok...i've got afew to choose from, i'll keep u posted on what i find. thanks again.
 

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I would guess buying a 140 is like buying any other car: try to find one with complete records, well cared for, and have it inspected by a mechanic who knows the car.
 

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look for cracked engine wiring harness,
leak from head gasket, ac, is it working , known to have leaks in evap on earlyer mods, do not know on 98 mod
 

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ok..now finalizing a w210

have seen a 2000 e200, with 40,000km.

fully optioned with all electrics, headed / cooled seats with massage....front/rear parktronic, rear shade, bose sound system, cruise, 8 hole alloys, telephone, tiptronic auto, and on and on.....

its met silver w/black leather. 98% flawless....it is used after all.

will keep u posted.
 

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DONE!

finalized the e200 w210, model 2000.

pix in a day or so.[8D]
 

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Photos

more details and photos over in the w210 section of the forum.....
 

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Should have gone with latest model W140 you could find, in best condition you could find. I owed a '93, and trust me, the '97 I found is SOOO mint, it's as if I never owned a W140 before. However, you DID seem to find the nicest of W210's, though. Congrats!
 

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mercbuff - 5/11/2005 6:17 AM

more details and photos over in the w210 section of the forum.....

Congratulations on your purchase. [:)]

I wouldn’t mind owning a W210 (especially a E55 AMG) but its notorious rust problems and other known problems scare me to death. Still, I think it’s a handsome model.
 

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Storm. - 5/14/2005 9:15 PM

Good move going for the 210. The 140 market is already falling and with the new budget being announced soon its almost 100% guaranteed that the 210 was a smart move. (afterall its in higher demand than the 140 in pakistan).

Excellent options.

"The market is already falling"??? Doesn't that mean a sellers market? "The new budget"??? Please, expound.[?]
 

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ackvig - 5/15/2005 1:18 AM

Storm. - 5/14/2005 9:15 PM

Good move going for the 210. The 140 market is already falling and with the new budget being announced soon its almost 100% guaranteed that the 210 was a smart move. (afterall its in higher demand than the 140 in pakistan).

Excellent options.

"The market is already falling"??? Doesn't that mean a sellers market? "The new budget"??? Please, expound.[?]
I think Storm was referring to the Pakistan governments annual budget, where he and i are based.

they are expecting changes in the import duties on cars.......

and yes, i could have got a w140 for less money than this, but it would have been a 1993/4. no point.
 

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u know something....

since buying the w210....i've only driven it afew times.

its a nice..very nice car, so don't get me wrong. but if it wasn't for my kids pushing me into driving them in it, i probably wouldn't get into it at all.

maybe its because i haven't yet built up a 'rapport' with it yet.....don't know.

the 126 doesn't confuse or distract u from actually driving...if u know what i mean. its got its seat and a/c and all....and than it lets u get on with life. with this, i seem to be preoccupied with setting this and setting that and checking everything else.

it has failed to get me into the car....perhaps because the car has failed to get into me.

am i going to sell...perhaps not just yet. we'll see.
 

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mercbuff - 5/17/2005 3:47 PM

the 126 doesn't confuse or distract u from actually driving...if u know what i mean. its got its seat and a/c and all....and than it lets u get on with life.

it has failed to get me into the car....perhaps because the car has failed to get into me.
We know exactly what you mean…
 
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