RE: Mercedes-Benz E320 (W211) | Shed of the Week

RE: Mercedes-Benz E320 (W211) | Shed of the Week

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Deranged Rover

339 posts

24 months

Friday 6th September 2019
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I sold my 2003 E200K Estate at a smidge over 100,000 miles at the beginning of this year, mainly because of the two pages of advisories following the MOT. Sadly these advisories were all at Mercedes Benz prices and I was looking at not far off £2k to sort them all out. As the car was only worth about £3k, I decided to cut my losses and sell the thing, even though i really was rather fond of it and it didn't have a speck of rust on it.

You can guess what's coming next, can't you? Yes, that's right - listed it on Sunday and on Wednesday the SBC pump announced that it had reached the end of its life. furious

Really nice car though and even the 1.8 four-pot wasn't as slow as many assume it probably is. Would I have another one? Probably not - when it comes to vehicular money pits, I prefer a 'Range Rover' badge up front. Assuming it hasn't fallen off, obviously...

BFleming

1,789 posts

93 months

Friday 6th September 2019
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PSRG said:
My recollection is that it was an incredibly solid feeling car, but it was a while ago. Interestingly when you use the MOT checker to look at the history of RE04UFZ it come up as overdue an MOT. MOT due date is 22/03/07. So it’s never been MOTed confused Now, I only had it a year before changing jobs...perhaps it ended up on a private plate after being sold? Would that explain the odd status?
No; it was exported in 2005, probably to Ireland (the Republic). About 100,000 cars go there from the UK every year.

993kimbo

2,075 posts

135 months

Friday 6th September 2019
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Deranged Rover said:
I sold my 2003 E200K Estate at a smidge over 100,000 miles at the beginning of this year, mainly because of the two pages of advisories following the MOT. Sadly these advisories were all at Mercedes Benz prices and I was looking at not far off £2k to sort them all out. As the car was only worth about £3k, I decided to cut my losses and sell the thing, even though i really was rather fond of it and it didn't have a speck of rust on it.

You can guess what's coming next, can't you? Yes, that's right - listed it on Sunday and on Wednesday the SBC pump announced that it had reached the end of its life.
Gosh, sorry to hear that - really bad luck. Definite money pits these cars and mine was one owner, full MBSH and well looked after. With 125,000m, fully specced, 4 new tyres, new SBC pump, injectors, no rust, new MOT etc I managed to sell my 2006 320cdi Estate with full leather for a smidge over £1500 - but it was a struggle. I hate to think what I spent on it.

Did you fix your pump or sell the car on with the fault?

steptoe11

7 posts

112 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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AC43 said:
I had one of them in that colour - it was a 2005 E500 7 seater estate bought to replace a 1999 AMG C43 Estate.

It didn't weigh much more that the C43 had similar power and torque so went well.

What made it better was the big step up in quality, kit & refinement over the C Class plus the fact that it had the 7 speed box and air suspension. The latter is particularly noticeable when it's loaded to the gunwales and on a blast down through France. Keeps the whole thing level and remarkably taught.

Ran it for 5 years and took it from 95k to 145k. No rust and only a few non-maintenance items to sort - a boot lock, the Airmatic pump and a crank pulley. Plus the inevitable crank sensor(s). Mine was build about the time they supposedly sorted the wiring loom and I didn't have any major electrical issues. It would throw up random warning messages sometimes but they woud vanish as soon as they'd appeared.

Anyway, I think E's are the sweetspot of the MB range. Traditionally at least, it was always the volume seller in the range with a massive R&D spent. They were built to do a million miles as taxis as well as to be the ultimate family load lugger. I only sold mine to get a newer (212) 500. Last Saturday I jumped out in London having done 500 miles in 8.5 hours. 4 up, bootful of luggage, 4 bikes on the roof and it didn't even break into a sweat.

They're great cars and that shed gives a hell of a lot for peanuts.
Must be a normal transition, I had a 2003 saloon e500 to replace a 98 C43 saloon. Both ridiculous good and value for money at the time. I paid 2200 for the 43 and 3500 for the e500. Recentley purchased another e500 because it was 1700 with a noisy air pump. Cheaper than ppl tend to think to fix and such an good car for under 2k. If you read this and can afford the fuel treat yourself to an e500.

soad

30,548 posts

126 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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993kimbo said:
Looks near identical to a CLS?