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Old 23-02-2011, 09:14 PM
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had a change of heart from S Class anyone got any buying advice for E Class W211
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Old 23-02-2011, 09:36 PM
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Lots.

Search valeo rad. Looks coolant into box and wrecks transmission. Get transmiision tested for gylcol. Avoid Valeo radiator cars.

Aim for a late 2004/2005 car onwards. They also come with better paintwork and electrics

All engines up for the job.

Elegance is comfy, AG and sport a bit less comfy but more surefooted handling wise at the expense of ride quality and fake David Dickinson wood, and you get Xenons.
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what year and model are you looking at?
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Hmm that Valeo radiator problem makes interesting reading, i've just bought an early 03 E320CDI which should be ready to collect this weekend!!

I'm going to ring the dealer today and find out (A) if its got a Valeo, and (B) if it has got a Valeo does the service history show that its been replaced.

I'm getting a six month warranty which gives me some re-assurance but i'd rather have it it right before I take it away.
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Lots.

Search valeo rad. Looks coolant into box and wrecks transmission. Get transmiision tested for gylcol. Avoid Valeo radiator cars.

Aim for a late 2004/2005 car onwards. They also come with better paintwork and electrics

All engines up for the job.

Elegance is comfy, AG and sport a bit less comfy but more surefooted handling wise at the expense of ride quality and fake David Dickinson wood, and you get Xenons.
For the record it is not fake wood. For example the walnut trim, as just one example, is selected Californian walnut (it has an especially nice grain) which goes through a 13 stage production process not just to make it beautiful and long lasting but also to ensure it is safe in a crash and does not splinter. Wood and leather make for a really nice interior IMO.
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funny isn't it. So many manufacturers use printed plastic in place of wood everyone assumes Merc wood isn't real either.
I used to really love the elegance wood and didn't like the black stuff in the avant garde. Then I bought an AG and now I prefer the dark wood!
The only one I really couldn't get on with would be the 'aluminium' (is that really plastic, looks it to me) in some more recent models. It may be sporty but it loses too much in the process.
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So what is the sort of marble effect stuff in my prospective Avantgarde made of?
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So what is the sort of marble effect stuff in my prospective Avantgarde made of?
I suspect it's Birds Eye Maple - very nice.
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its a 2003 e220 cdi

located one with full merc history 92k in champagne gold

4700 only thing is its not got leathers

how much do leathers cost
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its a 2003 e220 cdi

located one with full merc history 92k in champagne gold

4700 only thing is its not got leathers

how much do leathers cost
If is is an Avantegarde, it will have part leather and xenon lights - a much better combo IMHO.

Bought new, leather cost around 1400 on the Classic and Elegance, and around 700 on the Avantegarde (to top up). I am sure you could have the fabric parts of the seats converted on an Avantegarde, but a provider will almost certainly suggest re-upholstering the seats to give a uniform finish.

I would be reluctant to spend that sort of money on a retrofit.

You might find a car which is being broken, which could be a reliable source but much cheaper.
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