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Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by LeeE240merc, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. LeeE240merc

    LeeE240merc New Member

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    Hi all im lee and i recently bought my first Mercedes after owning nothing but vauxhalls for the last 16 years and decided i wanted somthing luxurious and reliable.
    After looking around for a BMW or a Lexus i ended up faling in love with a silver 1999 E240 with 51000 miles on the clock and next to new interior.
    And now im wondering why i didnt by a Mercedes sooner lol
     
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    Hi and welcome! I'm wondering the same :)

    The 240 is a wonderfully smooth and refined engine if a little lacking in torque (I've had three cars with that engine!) and the w210 E class is a lovely place to while away the hours.
    We currently have an estate (2001) and use it for regular trips to France. Quiet, smooth and effortless ontnise long motorway runs.

    The only real problems are rust, crank position sensors (20 minutes, £50 job), crank pulley (under £100) and the cam cover breathers can gunk up and leak/cause high oil consumption but again it's a cheap fix. The only other thing is they can eat cats due to the way they're mounted - the cat gets hot, drive through a puddle, cat gets hit with water and the metal can contracts suddenly cracking the brick inside.
    Again fairly easy to fix.
    Don't bother with an OBD2 code reader as your car isn't OBD2 compliant - it uses a proprietary 38 pin diagnostic connector which seriously limits your options. Let me know if you need more details.
     
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    Hi Lee, welcome to the forum and the MB experience :)
     
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    hi and welcome
     
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    Thanks for the welcome .
    And as for the crank sensor iv already had to do that.
    Bought a new genuine part for £30 but spent 10hr trying to remove the old one as the top of the plug snapped off flush.
     
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    You were unlucky. Both the ones I've done the sensor almost fell out.
    Or maybe I've been very lucky ;)

    To check the crank pulley watch it while the engines running. If it wobbles it's knackered.
     
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    Thanks and any info you have would be gratefully appreciated as its also my first time owning an automatic and not sure if its working correctly as it seems to be sluggish and slow on the gear change or is that just how its ment to be ??
     
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    Welcome Lee.
    The autobox will hang onto the lower gears until the car has warmed up a little. Other than that changes should be fine and very smooth.
     
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    Do you know if it's had a transmission oil and filter change? If not it should have one every 37500 miles. Back when they were released it was "sealed for life" but MB have now acknowledged that was a daft statement.
     
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    Not sure but its only had 2 services in its life as its only 50 thou miles on it
     
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    Play safe then and get it done. At least you have a known starting point.
     
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    Are thay easy to change the oil in the auto boxes?
     
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    Not too difficult. You need to measure what comes out and refill with same. There are several ways to do it. You can disconnect the transmission cooler lines and pump it out with the engine or drain using the drain plug. If you use the latter you don't change all of it as the torque converter won't drain. Once the oils out drop the transmission sump and change the filter. Put the sump back and refill with the same amount as drained out.
    To check it you need a transmission dipstick - not fitted as standard. You'll also need a new transmission dipstick cover. You shouldn't leave the dipstick in in normal usage.

    There's a full how to on the forum.
     
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    Be aware that the sump bolts can seize in and sometimes they even have to be drilled out. Best to have some spares available in case.
     
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    Thank you ill have a look as i think it needs it
     
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    I think ill replace them all anyway and thanks for the advice
     

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