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Mercedes-Benz E 320 W210

Used Car Advice: Mercedes-Benz E320 (1996-2002) (February

Mid-range Mercedes-Benz models evolved from the company’s compact are often the best of safety, refinement and efficiency the bonus of Commodore cabin in later versions. The W210 was an attempt to make the formula

The all-new W210 series Mercedes-Benz arrived in January with claims of a $3.5 budget or three-and-a-half times the VE investment of a decade later.

Benefits included lighter improved fuel efficiency, safety levels and a boost in space and comfort but much of budget also went slashing costs and the number of

After several early it is proving far more reliable its C-Class stablemate despite an in throwaway, non-repairable assemblies.

The M104 in-line six-cylinder were the last of their after a new V6 range replaced in August 1997.

While was careful not to vary the 165kW and 315Nm torque figures, the new V6 changed the E320’s character it was 50kg lighter.

After this series was the with the new oval headlight it was facelifted late in 1999 a sleeker, smoother front, ESP across the range, sequential shift auto function and repeater lights in the external

The W210 series ended in 2002 for a bargain-priced combination of space, prestige and low fuel with reasonable performance.

Early 1996-97 in-line examples with more 100,000km start at $25,000, the 1997 V6 models start in the low range while the later facelifted version spans the range.


Later V6 engines have plugs per cylinder for extra costs for plugs and other but genuine plugs should at least 45,000km. Cheaper meters can fail every compared to long-life item in model.

Shift solenoids auto transmission are a failure and can dictate a full overhaul thousands.

Mercedes-Benz E 320 W210

Long oil change which can sometimes blow out to are too long for this level of in city use. Hydraulic are sensitive to oil type and will if they don’t pump up Variable cam actuator can leak also a product of poor or oil. Unusual front oil in the V6 can be traced to the oil feed plate and can be to repair. Poor quality oil generate a series of major

Crisp suspension tuning a soft tyre compound is to avoid excessive roar and harshness on coarse sealed Some wild aftermarket and tyre combinations destroy

The top two rear suspension bushes wear but the rest require replacement. Regular four alignments are essential to monitor wear. Early rack and steering had rack leaks but rectified.

Watch out for damaged bumper poorly matched plastics and grille. Front bumper snapped and detached on early but since fixed.

Check the of every accessory, especially the control air-conditioning, sunroof and seats. Air-cond button can working on an annual basis but is a computer glitch that can be

A Mercedes-Benz specialist who can provide an of repairs before you hand the money may be more useful a general check.

Thanks to Star Mechanical Repairs 9702 7899

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Published. Thursday, 21 February

Mercedes-Benz E 320 W210
Mercedes-Benz E 320 W210

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