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W210 E320CDi owner's blog/maintenance costs

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by toby1, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Myros

    Myros Senior Member

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    I'm very,very fond of ours

    Just did a mixed 95 mile trundle to fetch something that would only fit in the back of this. 44mpg, flying along with all the new stuff in the outside lane, and that great big lump chugging away in front as though it's hardly breaking sweat.
    It's the beast of choice for eating up European motorways.
    I must get that towbar fitted so I can get one of those funky bike racks, and maybe a trailer as well. or heaven forfend, a .........caravan.

    I really don't want to have to move it on, ever. Drives like a mk1 golf GTI, hauls like transit.
     
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    No doubt it's one of the very good diesel engines ever made, when it's all working correctly
     
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    toby1 Senior Member

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    Attempt at a sale now on hold. My brother has decided to keep it for a while longer and is even risking a trip to France in it, something I would not chance. I have tried to talk him out of it, especially as he's taking his three kids and Mrs.

    The alternator bill came to £560 fitted. He reports that the OSR door drop glass is very sluggish to rise so I have suggested a spray of dry lube may help.
     
  4. bob 6600

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    Wow. Was it worth fitting a new one? Especially if you/he were looking at off-loading it. I replaced mine a few years back (it died from a diesel leak) and it cost around a third of that price
     
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    That wasn't a new one! Reconditioned and not from MB. I didn't pay so I don't know how the bill splits down. I keep encouraging him to use Alex Crow but he's using a village garage in Suffolk. The place in Cambridge was nearer £1,000! :shock:
     
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    just back from having a stainless exhaust

    made and fitted by Tony Banks in Pudsey. Scrapped the back box, which probably only had months of life left in it, straight back from the centre, with a twin tip AMG tail pipe trim. A pleasure to watch the experts at work. She sounds like the coming of the apocalypse now. Not the actual apocalypse, that would require removal of the cats. but definitely as though the apocalypse is around the corner.
    Other positives she she is much smoother through the gears, not that she wasn't smooth before, and even quicker into the Millennium Falcon effects when booted.

    all in all, a great big yeeeeeeee-haaaaaaaa for the price of a replacement standard back box.
     
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    To bring this thread to a close, it ended up on 163,000 miles in my brother's hands but the jacking points had all rusted and was beyond saving

    There were also other faults which made it too costly to keep. He traded it in for £500 against a 2nd hand VW.
     
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    Great thread- what a shame, sounded a good one!
     
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    Sad ending to a great thread!
     
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    It certainly does get under your skin (in a good way) will keep mine going as long as possible - your comments about how they drive are spot on

    Mine needs new drop links, anti roll bar bushes and bottom ball joints so will get treated to them in the near future

    Sorry to see this thread end but the thought of keeping an estate on the road might encourage spending a bit more because of the incredible versatility of the machine

    Well done Toby, it's always been an interesting read and very informative for fellow owners
     
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    We bought our 210 just under a year ago. It was bought to use as a hack to transport furniture and family and it's done this admirably. Three trips to France, fully laden each time and it just keeps going.
    So far it's taken a double wardrobe, King size bed, superking bed, blanket box, butlers cupboard, moroccan rug (huge!), all the stuff needed to restore a river cruiser to working order sufficient to do 400km down french canals and various odds and sods. Never missed a beat. Next trip in just over a week with a sideboard, TV cabinet, monster tv, sky box, 3 dining chairs. It really is an amazing load lugger.
     

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