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Old 21st March 2017, 19:43   #51
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I've spotted this http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...=Estate&page=2
and it ticks most of the boxed. Its got a FSH, leather, a sun roof and a towbar. The dealer gets the thumbs up on Autotrader too.
It doesn't have heated seats or electric memory seats, both of which I have in the 75 but I only use the memory function.

It's a tough one though. Time to make plans to go see it.
That does look very nice. Are you intending to go and test drive?

Here is the one that I went to see/test drive, which I really liked. Being of a darker colour myself, the lighter colour cars and cream interior complement myself rather nicely.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2224161563...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

It only has one key and a replacement one has to be purchased for £245 direct from MB.

I have done quite a lot of research over the last 24 hours and have decided to wait for a 2007 or later car in the right colour/interior combination. My rationale is as follows:

1. I will want to replace discs and pads plus have a full service B done straight after purchase which will cost over £700 using genuine parts at the local MB specialist independent. This by itself is fine.

2. Early W211 were fitted with a radiator that corroded internally and allowed coolant to enter the auto box. There is a risk that a car may have suffered from such failure in the past and could lead to very expensive repairs in the future.

3. Until 2006, W211 were fitted with a revolutionary SBC braking system that was quite problematic and lead to three recalls. Beyond that, it has a certain lifespan, in terms of the number of brake activations, and requires a counter reset on the MB diagnostic system. But, the failure rate on the pump has been rather high to the extent that up until 2012, MB were replacing them FOC as a "goodwill gesture". Now, the owner has to pay and the cost is around £1k for the pump plus £300 labour. This system was removed from the e-class from 2006 onwards, although I believe it continues to be used on the S-class.

4. Pre-2005 cars can suffer from premature wheel arch rust problems.

Taking all of the above into account, from my perspective, a late 2004 car will not have enough years of life left to justify buying the car and then having the prospect of spending another £2k on the braking system and possibly a similar amount on the gearbox in the worst case scenario.

I have decided to stick with my Omega until a 2008/9 e-class becomes available in the right colour combination.

I hope the above does not dampen your enthusiasm but may provide something to take into account when deciding whether to go ahead and buy one.

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I have a e320 cdi 2008 sport model which Mrs cossie Dunc uses as her daily transport

They are a cracking thing, loads of luxury, loads of toys and most importantly loads of torque
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Mrs C-D clearly has class. Having seen the photograph, I would have thought that her daily transport would be an SLK.

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Old 21st March 2017, 21:08   #52
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Mss........that made me laugh, she says she doesn't like 2 door cars

Keeping on topic.....here is a pic of her e class like her it's very pretty
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Old 27th March 2017, 19:21   #53
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Well, I went to see http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...to=5500&page=1 and it was very nice. To be honest it drove and handled like a new car, which is amazing considering it's done 178k. The only issue is the engine sounded a bit rough. It want as smooth as the 75 CDT. This could be just down to grubby injectors though. I spoke to the garage that has looked after it for the last 6 years and he says it has wanted for nothing and always passed the emission test first time. The only issue he knows the car to have is it needs a new exhaust back box. That could be the cause of the extra noise .....and I still dont know what to do.
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Old 28th March 2017, 09:26   #54
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Well, I went to see http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...to=5500&page=1 and it was very nice. To be honest it drove and handled like a new car, which is amazing considering it's done 178k. The only issue is the engine sounded a bit rough. It want as smooth as the 75 CDT. This could be just down to grubby injectors though. I spoke to the garage that has looked after it for the last 6 years and he says it has wanted for nothing and always passed the emission test first time. The only issue he knows the car to have is it needs a new exhaust back box. That could be the cause of the extra noise .....and I still dont know what to do.
The engine in mine sounded a bit rough when it was new....and still does! I don't think Mercedes make the smoothest sounding diesel's however they do tend to be powerful and economical so I can live with that.
To be honest if you're in 2 minds I'd be inclined to spend the money getting your car up-to-scratch rather then changing it for another one that might also need money spending on it. I spent around £1100 refreshing the ZT which I think was money well spent and certainly better value then my current car. That said in the end I fancied a change hence I'm now a merc owner.

I will say the Mercedes is a good replacement for the 75, they feel special in the same way the Rover did whereas I found the likes of the BMW's and Audi's felt a little too functional and more like appliances if that makes sense.
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