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J4CKO

10,940 posts

84 months

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A mate had the newer one with the Common Rail and it rusted, had electrical gremilns, it leaked from the injectors so it smelt like a Cross Channel Ferry, he had it fixed but the muppets that changed the injectors used the same stretch bolts so they snapped and it spat the injector rail out of the top of the engine cowl, sold for scrap at 134k which is a pretty short life for an alledged quality car.


teammonkey

12 posts

32 months

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yellowbentines said:
hman said:
My neighbour has one, I'm inclined to tell him that my "work" suit is now officially worth more than his car.
If I was your neighbour and you told me that, I'd laugh at you for spending more on a suit than I paid for a roadworthy Merc.
I'll second that. What a bell end you sound...

splitpin

2,547 posts

82 months

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Had two brand new ones at the time, both petrol V6 autos, firstly a 240, then a 320.

Longer term apparent issues aside (then unknown) such as rust, both were fantastic and pretty well ideal 'business' cars; spacious, relaxing, very comfortable and utterly reliable: a great car to walk towards and get into for a 250 mile drive home in the dark and pouring rain after a day of arduous business meetings.

excel monkey

2,822 posts

111 months

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St John Smythe said:
Rust from this era Mercs is well documented. They are terrible for it.
Yes, I'm well aware of it. Just trying to maintain a little balance. Not all W210s are rusty.

Just the same as not all K-series engined MG/Rovers have failed head gaskets.

And not all Mk2 Mondeos have cracked rear bumpers.

esvcg

524 posts

69 months

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teammonkey said:
yellowbentines said:
hman said:
My neighbour has one, I'm inclined to tell him that my "work" suit is now officially worth more than his car.
If I was your neighbour and you told me that, I'd laugh at you for spending more on a suit than I paid for a roadworthy Merc.
I'll second that. What a bell end you sound...
haha, kinda know what you mean, like when your mobile phone + satnav is worth more than your car you just put them in!
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Nickellarse

530 posts

73 months

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Pretty much every cabbie I see in The Netherlands or Germany has one of these. That tells it's own story.

Horrid seat fabric though.

infradig

976 posts

91 months

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J4CKO said:
A mate had the newer one with the Common Rail and it rusted, had electrical gremilns, it leaked from the injectors so it smelt like a Cross Channel Ferry, he had it fixed but the muppets that changed the injectors used the same stretch bolts so they snapped and it spat the injector rail out of the top of the engine cowl, sold for scrap at 134k which is a pretty short life for an alledged quality car.
To be fair ,that's probably down to the muppets rather than the quality of the car.

And with reference to all of the comments about seeing some that aren't rusty,they were probably resprayed under warranty. Mercedes would rectify rust up until 10 years, I know of two E classes and a CLK that had new wings and full re-paint by Mercedes and the CLK was a cheap auction buy that was 8 years old at the time. Unfortunately my wife's CLK was too old and I had to pay to have rear arches rectified,not the end of the world at a couple of hundred quid though. It's normally just paint bubbled off,except the mud trap in 210 front wings, then it means cheap Lithuanian pattern wings off eBay.

Walter Sobchak

3,685 posts

108 months

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Good old barge really, one thing though, these didn't suffer injector issues it was the newer direct injection CDI engines that did, the 300 TD was the last of the old bullet proof Merc diesels, I'm pretty sure the W210 didn't have the gearbox cooler issues either it was the newer shape that did, not 100% on that one though.

AmitG

1,048 posts

44 months

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tonker said:
JimexPL said:
That's quite a high spec for the period -

CD player, electric drivers seat, parktronic and climate control were all options, even on the top level Avantgarde. It's surprising that the first owner did't choose leather.
Given the car, probably Hindu.
O/T but: most Hindus have no general objection to leather. They do shun beef, but leather is no problem for most of them. (Of course there are exceptions, but if you go to India, you will find that amongst Hindus, there is virtually zero beef consumption, but there are leather goods everywhere.)

Buddhists do tend to shun leather - which is why many JDM cars have cloth interiors where you might expect leather.



moskvich427

167 posts

59 months

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My Dad had an E320 estate of the same year. It lived in our bone-dry garage and only came out for holidays in the South of France in the summer... and the damn thing still rusted!

Mechanically though it remained perfect. If you accept the bodywork issues, these are real value for money smile

GranCab

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514 posts

30 months

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" Terrible - awful rusty rubbish doing a big poo on mercedes "hewn from granite" reputation.

My neighbour has one, I'm inclined to tell him that my "work" suit is now officially worth more than his car "


... but what is your posh suit now worth ??? ( not what is cost I bet )

Edited by GranCab on Friday 5th October 13:33

sideways sid

437 posts

99 months

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Its not a proper shed if in 5 pages of comments no one has said "I want one"!

Blackpuddin

5,660 posts

89 months

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I want one. No room in the household sadly.

anything fast

976 posts

48 months

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love the fact the ad says 'one driver from new' not one owner.. hmmmmmmm

RJ's minicabs??

Frik

12,486 posts

127 months

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excel monkey said:
They're not all rusty. It depends on usage/maintenance.
How can it? Those that haven't had their paint scratched away and haven't been driven through the sea are less likely to rust?

AFAICR 97/98 is when they switched from being utter rust buckets to merely acceptable. That's not good news for this particular SOTW.

JimexPL

1,353 posts

96 months

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AmitG said:
O/T but: most Hindus have no general objection to leather. They do shun beef, but leather is no problem for most of them. (Of course there are exceptions, but if you go to India, you will find that amongst Hindus, there is virtually zero beef consumption, but there are leather goods everywhere.)

Buddhists do tend to shun leather - which is why many JDM cars have cloth interiors where you might expect leather.
When I worked at Volvo there was the occasional religious family (generally Jain or Buddhist) that would not have a car with leather, failing to notice the leather steering wheel and gear knob that they would be in constant skin to skin contact with...

The truly devout would request the steering wheel to be changed to a poverty Euro government specification plastic item.

Ecurie Ecosse

4,479 posts

102 months

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Great cars when new, I drove a few back from Sindelfingen to the UK.

One of the first "fast" diesels too, along with the e39 530d.

Happy memories indeed.

Bash Brannigan

203 posts

71 months

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Embryonic said:
Bash Brannigan said:
W124: non-chavved, 2-tone Jewish racing gold, 3-litre, 107,000 miles and £995. Unfortunately Autotrader still has the edge when it comes to this game.

99% sure this car has just been bought by Barge Threadist PHer BlueMR2...
Shame, I was half tempted to go and look at it this weekend as my car is out of action.

M666 EVO

884 posts

46 months

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LaurasOtherHalf said:
Semi desirable reg number confused
yes, if you are called Fred Gilbert Perkins, DOB 1919!

CDP

5,017 posts

138 months

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Nickellarse said:
Pretty much every cabbie I see in The Netherlands or Germany has one of these. That tells it's own story.

Horrid seat fabric though.
Perfect fabric for a mini cab. A passenger can chuck up on them and nobody would ever know.

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