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I am considering purchasing a 1998 E430 rwd with 245k miles. Single owner - architect. Used as executive car to commute between offices so 90% is freeway miles. It has been a CA car. Exterior is excellent. Interior is excellent. All records are available. They are asking $3k-$4k.

What is a fair price?

Great indy mechanic in town.

How far will this car and engine go?
 

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$3k is very good price considering interior/exterior is excellent, runs good, and all service records. that mileage is not much on that engine, i would worry more about transmission. is the shifting smooth enough? if so then sounds like you are getting a good deal.
 

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You can expect another 50,000k on the engine and than you can get probably over $3k if you part the body out.
I would never buy such a car without compression test.
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Read through the service records and buy it only if the Transmission, Alternator, Motor Mounts, Catalyst, O2 sensors, Fan/idler/belt system, brakes/rotors, flex disk, battery, etc etc have been replaced... I think you get the picture!

Even then, in this economy, and with that high mileage there are few buyers... so you can start at the $2450 price to give room for new parts.

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N O !!!!
Too much.
I wouldn't give over $2k for a E, with that kind of miles, (unless diesel, and then I would be cautious)
 

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In fact, I'll sell you a E320 for that price ($4500), with 150k mi.

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Don't forget head gasket, and spring perches.
 

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There are lots of options depending on your tax bracket----first donate the car to a Florida reef council, second, donate the car to the closest military target range, third, if you have a large boat and need an additional anchor, this would be ideal.
 

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That's a fair price because it sounds like it's been well maintained. As mentioned, look over the service records (transmission!) with a fine tooth comb and I ditto the comment about a compression test. Be willing to have a pre-purchase inspection too, just to cover all the bases. Dealer is probably best but your Indy should be able to handle that and will probably cost you less.
 

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That's one of the highest mileage w210s i have heard of. The jury is still out regarding the long term durability of this platform. The w210 is turning out to be a very sturdy vehicle, but there just are not enough high mileage vehicles out there to draw a conclusion yet. Be careful.
 

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I would not buy anything with 250K miles on it no matter how good the engine and tranny are. It's the other little things that kill ya. For $4k, you can get one with 1/2 that mileage! MAKE SURE you buy one with COMPLETE service records and then take it to a trusted mechanic for a PPI.
 

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Don't forget head gasket, and spring perches.
I believe that the 98 has a V6 instead of the I6 that was in the 97 and before models. V6 is not plagued with the head gasket issue, however that can happen. I don't think I have heard anyone with a v6 having the head gasket issue.
 

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I drive and have driven several high mileage vehicles.
Per my experience age is playing bigger role than mileage. Seems that lot of orings and gaskets are giving up at around 10 years mark and that happens no matter 250k, or 50k.
Than I own a bus conversion (motorhome). It is low mileage, but 38 years old. Lot of gaskets and hoses are still original, but commercial buses are build to last.
 

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not to mention in other parts of the world w210 is used as a taxi and lots of them have passed the 500k mark. 245k miles on a well maintained vehicle can be better than 60k on an abused one. $3k is good price.
 

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Yeah that Mileage is entering the unknown-mostly due to what has been done v. what needs to be. PPI is best advice, so is check maint. records and do Carfax. According to "The Black Book" which I use for work Wholesale Avg is $2500 and Wholesale Clean is $3650. The mileage deducts $1,775 and $2,100 from the value of the car, and is reflected in the values listed.
 

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not to mention in other parts of the world w210 is used as a taxi and lots of them have passed the 500k mark. 245k miles on a well maintained vehicle can be better than 60k on an abused one. $3k is good price.
The highest miles that I have seen on a W210 is 750k miles. It was a 300D -96, engine and transmission had been replaced three times if i remember it correctly.
Body looked fine on it so if it wasn't for all the cars that has died because of rust, they are sturdy and could live many years to come.
 

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Considering there is a Saab 900 north of me (Milwaukee, Wi.) that has run 1,000,000 mi. on the same engine (documented), I am not impressed with a E model with 750k, and 3 engine/tranny replacements. Thats only 218k mi per engine (average).
 
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