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Hi, new here. I have owned a 97 e420 for 5 years and love every single time I drive her. Lots of money has gone into her but felt it was worth it.
Her tranny just died on me, literally, while driving on the interstate. Also, she has a few other little issues such as ps pump whine, horn bad, duo valve bad.
I was thinking of replacing with an e500. So I test drive one today and was sooooo disappointed. The car felt stiff, bumpy, and less quality than my 420.
Has anyone else compared the two? Maybe I drove one that wasn't up to par? It was faster, shifted fine, but engine noise was whiny and louder, I think. The interior just didn't seem to have the same quality feel or finesse.
Am I missing something with the e500? Seen good reviews, just not impressed with my experience. I'm thinking just continue fixing my baby when things go wrong instead of upgrading, just don't want one bad experience to define my impression of newer models, or end up on an endless money pit. Though with what I've replaced it's doubtful...

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W211 are having lot of new technology comparing to W210 and most of owners love it till it comes time to pay for maintenance.
Stiff and bumpy? I wonder if PO deleted airmatic and hacked the replacement.
Try another car.
 

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I think with the W-210 it’s the only E class that didn’t come with air suspension in the V8.

Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say all subsequent E class models with the V8 came with air suspension.

In any event I try to shy away from used Mercedes with air suspension as you’re looking at a lot more maintenance as they age. My shop friend if I’m not mistaken told me to replace the two rear suspension spheres on the W211 was 12 hours labor. The whole sub frame Hass to be dropped if I’m not mistaken

If everything else in your car is good I would look at just fixing or replacing the transmission.

You’ve got to be careful here because “rebuild“ quality is all over the map.

The gold standard of course is a factory rebuild. But I think for about $1000 less at least in the bay area there is a company with a good reputation that rebuilds them.

Or before we get all panicky about needing a rebuild do you know what’s wrong with the transmission?
 

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Thank you for the replies!

Not sure yet. It may just be the conductor plate. I've put a lot into the car and just frustrated with the recent fixes she's needed.
I have a guy that does excellent work and is both a tranny and Benz specialist. Been going to him exclusively for 3.5 years. He guarantees work for 2 years, unlimited miles. $2800 is worst case scenario. I've decided to fix her, mainly cause after 5 years I still smile every time I drive her, and I drive her everyday. I'm utterly in love with this car, I realized that after the test drive. Crazy to have such an attachment to a car, but it is what it is! She's my baby!
 

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I may still look at getting an e500. The car was amazingly fast and shifted well and handling was good. I've got to try a couple others just to see if it was a bad one or just don't like a newer model. As much as I want her to she probably won't last forever.
 
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