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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-16-2007, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Been looking at Benzo's

I've decided I'm going to sell off some of my stuff and get something like a 300E.

I like the newer, round light style and my choices for affordability are the 96-97 non-turbo cars or 98-2000 Turbo's.

Is there a clear advantage to the turbo cars over the non-turbo's? My buddy had a '97 and it had plenty of power.

Any things to look for/avoid?

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-Evan

2000 Ford F250, Merillion, 6sp, AIC, DPTuner, BB turbo, Adreneline pump, modified IDM.

1998 Mercedes E300, Custom injector nozzles, soon to have Eaton M90 supercharger, 7.5mm pump elements, Holset HX40 turbo and a full custom intake and exhaust system = 400HP from 3.0l
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Recently purchased 98 Mercedes 300 E Turbo Diesel with 130K miles. Has a lot of power after turbo spools up. I've haven't encountered any problems. I have read that there maybe problems with Tranny after 250K miles I haven't encountered any. There very easy to change to Veg. Enjoy driving car it's like it's on rails.
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If you have a choice b/w the two get the turbo. Much more performance, mileage and resale. Check for rust in the door jamb/gasket areas on all the doors. Pull the door seals up and check underneath them for hidden rust. Suspension parts can wear out, just pretty much normal stuff. I looked at a couple before getting the wife a TDI and I took all of them to the local Benz dealer/Mercedes specialist for them to look it over. Costs 1 hour labor for each car.

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Guys, thanks for the replies!

-Evan

2000 Ford F250, Merillion, 6sp, AIC, DPTuner, BB turbo, Adreneline pump, modified IDM.

1998 Mercedes E300, Custom injector nozzles, soon to have Eaton M90 supercharger, 7.5mm pump elements, Holset HX40 turbo and a full custom intake and exhaust system = 400HP from 3.0l
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Woo, hoo! Found me one! '98 300E Turbo Diesel, 134,000 miles, every option and check the '05 wheels with new rubber!



Just picked this one up from a dealer in Houston. I'll be flying in on Friday the 15th to pick it up for the fun drive back to NC!

-Evan

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That one looks VERY nice

I'm gonna guess your Benz cost more than mine did.



But I bought mine to do a WVO conversion.
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Well, yours was probably the smarter purchase dollar for dollar. You got yourself a super straight car!

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Thank you... The body style you got always looked REALLY good black. Man are you going to have to keep up on it to keep it clean.

Sure would like to have your 50 extra HP and extra 70lbs-ft . The Peak torque on that car is down around 1600, mine up around 2400.

EPA on my car is 22City/25Highway and one the one you have is 26/34. I can tell you that I have been getting better than 25 and that is not all highway driving. I'd venture to say that the car you got will get better than EPA, too.

Enjoy it man. :Thumbup:
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Let us know when you get back. I want to know how you the drive was and what kind of mileage you got.

I'll be ordering my veg kit for my Benz soon.
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Well, I'm back! That was a LONG, boring drive! I miss my nav system. There's no woman's voice to tell me how long I had before the next turn, etc... I spent over 20 hours driving and netted about 30MPG. I probably would have done a little better but I got stuck in dead stopped traffic for several hours with the AC on full.

Initial observations (since I had plenty of time):

Drives very smooth and quiet and there's little perceptable difference between driving 65 and 95 MPH. The steering does seem a little "squirly" on center though.

Takes a big push on the accelerator to get any action out of it. The opposite of the truck which requires little push to get big results. I may have to do something about this because it gives the illusion that the car has no power.

It does seem to have the power though. A standing start at full throttle, produces quite a lag and a nice puff of smoke followed by a roar of the engine and a rush of acceleration.

The engine knocks and bumbles around a little on a cold start. I don't know if this is normal or maybe it needs a couple new glow plugs or injectors.

Some other miscellaneous problems:

Oil level sensor seems to be messed up, it keeps reporting low level despite a good reading on the old, reliable dipstick. The automatic windows don't work half the time so they may need new switches. Oh, and it has no heat... Found that out because I got bored and started messing with stuff on the drive. Automatic climate control seems to work for the most part, just won't add heat to raise the temp. Maybe the heat control valve under the hood is shot...

Tom is right about the need to keep it clean... I've already washed it twice...

-Evan

2000 Ford F250, Merillion, 6sp, AIC, DPTuner, BB turbo, Adreneline pump, modified IDM.

1998 Mercedes E300, Custom injector nozzles, soon to have Eaton M90 supercharger, 7.5mm pump elements, Holset HX40 turbo and a full custom intake and exhaust system = 400HP from 3.0l
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