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    Seems like a lot, but by 160,000 miles most other cars have long since broken in a terminal way or rotted into the ground. These just need a bit of upkeep and they keep right going.

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    Ahh. Still barely run in, look at the beautiful condition of that interior.

    But it makes the service history all the more important.
    But you need to make sure that some big ticket items have been replaced,
    By that mileage mine had had new brake discs twice, a new track rod, steering drag link, both radiators, belts, thermostat and housing, water pump, fuel pump, cylinder head gasket and seals done, new hydraulic engine mounts, gearbox cooler pipes and a rebuilt power steering pump.
    Mounts, water pumps and gaskets often need doing in that kind of mileage. Add the engine wiring loom for the 320 and 280 models.

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    Christ, if that's got a service history buy it. It's a total bargain.
    It's done no miles, Bornite is a great colour, It's a great spec, with aircon, leather
    Heated electric orthopaedic seats, rear speakers, 5 speed auto, and traction control. All pricey extras.

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    2nd facelift is when they changed the bonnet to the more curved style that hooded the headlamp corners. Lost the proper grille, and changed the name from 320E to E320

    Over a tank the best I've got is 29. About a 3rd of that was London driving, which can be more like 15mpg, so it's fair to say that the other 2/3rds must have been at more than 30mpg. I've stopped bothering to calculate it these days.

    320s have less power than a non-cat 300-24, but a better torque curve.
    I don't think there was a non-cat 320 but I could be wrong.

    If I didn't already own mine I'd be snapping up that low mileage 320TE on ebay right now. Pre-facelift 320s are rare as hen's teeth.

    They do have a very friable wiring loom under the engine bay (they switched from a dizzy+ht leads setup to a coil-on-plug ignition at this time.) so check that it's either a)fine, or b) been replaced.

    Mercs could be oddly specced around this time. Cloth seats were standard, but you could pay more for different cloth, leather, or oddly, vinyl. Don't get vinyl.

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    God I've just been looking at W124 estates on Ebay.
    There's a completely mint condition E200 and a 65000 mile old 320TE.
    must step away...

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    Is it more expensive than just buying a car which is already that fast in the first place?
    Then do it.

    #thatisscience

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    If you're talking about a W124 newer is not always better. After the 2nd facelift (where it became the first E class) they changed to water-based paint, and thus began the corrosion issues. The diesel ones command a premium in the UK. I don't know why though because the right hand drive ones never got turbos. They are as slow as anything, and you're only talking about 35mpg in the real world, which with the extra cost of the car, and the fuel, is not enough of a saving. The diesels have also been used as workhorses, whereas petrol models have been looked after more. I did my sums and worked out that it would be cheaper per year and more fun to get the 300TE-24 which has a delicious and smooth 231bhp motor (more like 240 on super unleaded) if you do the right thing and get one without a catalytic convertor. It won't even get 20mpg in town, but get it on the motorway all day and you'll see over 30mpg.
    It is a lovely car to drive - It's actually very modern, so has really good suspension, very good ride, decent handling for such a barge, abs, airbags in some, self-levelling suspension, and its very fast, with a beautiful sounding motor. Mine has electric seats, cruise control, and if I converted it, I'm told that the aircon would still work.
    The things are built like tanks, but get one that has been regularly serviced and maintained, or you will spend more than its worth getting it back up to scratch. Front wings rust but they bolt on if you care enough to replace them.
    I've had a few huge bills, but I only spent £800 on the car, and I knew some work would need doing. I spent £2k fixing 5 years of neglect, including a front suspension overhaul. The only shocker was having to spend nearly a grand for a replacement driveshaft when one snapped. But then if they only snap every 200,000 miles they must be quite good. Generally it's been faultless - all the electrics work. I've had to replace a few bulbs, and they always benefit from renewing all the old fuses. Other than that it oozes quality. It's a 23 year old car with over 210,000 miles on it, and the interior and general condition of the car look more like something a couple of years old, and the engine and box are silky smooth and good for another 100,000 miles. This was a £40,000 car in 1990.

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    A Merc from 2000 will be a total rustbucket. Their quality went to shit in the mid 1990s. The only W210 I'd buy would be an AMG 55.

    Get one from 10 years earlier instead. They are fucking brilliant.

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    Are the wings bolt-on? If so, how much is a replacement in the right colour from a breakers?

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