2003 E Class

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  1. glenavy-drongo

    glenavy-drongo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Morning all

    I am looking around for a car to use over the winter and spotted a 2003 E Class 2.6 Avantgarde with just under 63,000 miles.

    Anything in particular I should be wary of? I am aware that this model can suffer from SBC pump issues, so is this likely considering the low miles? I am not expected blistering performance, rather something that will be comfortable and as pain free as possible, whilst the other cars are in hibernation.

    Thanks in anticipation.

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    SBC is activations rather than mileage. A low mileage car could have either a high number or a low number, depending on what type of journeys it has done.

    Saying that, it's not quite as expensive anymore to have it replaced (although still a good few hundred quid).

    The only other potential money pit is if it has the Airmatic option.
     
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    Thanks John. I think this has standard suspension. I have an indy with STAR, who should be able to read the activations. Dredging my memory, did these have the Valeo radiators fitted?

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    It is possible it has a Valeo radiator, a Glycol test on the ATF might put your mind at rest. also check the Pilot bush in the transmission, they commonly leak and the fluid can wick it's way into the TCU and cause problems.

    A new bush with uprated seal is around £20, a transmission fluid and filter change would not be a bad idea if it has not had one, also, when were the plugs (12 of them) changed? along with the (2) air filters?
     
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    Check when both batteries were changed, if at all. Not over expensive, but if bad can cause a lot of electrical gremlins. Make sure all electrics work. Switch on and off everything. Check the colour of the brake fluid, if brown-ish must be changed.
     
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    Thanks for the input chaps. Just had a look at the MOT history and it reads a bit odd. Last taxed August 2016 and the MOT is due again in September of this year, yet the advert states 8 months MOT, which could be human error of course. Last owner since 2005. Perhaps the car has been laid up for some time, yet according to the ad, it has been recently serviced.

    If it has been laid up, I will check what the recent service included. Re: the batteries, can this be checked from the OBC? I can check the voltage on the 55 from the OBC.

    I will speak with the dealer on Monday and ask him all the relevant questions. Getting the car to my indy could be an issue, but I will cross that bridge if I decide to move forward on the car.

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    Yes, you can flip to the voltages in "service mode" where it show in the middle of the speedo (there is a button combination to access this).

    These cars are very sensitive to voltage drop.

    My memory of voltages fades on these cars now but from a previous post of mine:

    W211 Stero, indicators, lights, parking sensors etc..
     
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    Just to round the thread off, I decided that if I were to buy a winter car, it should be jeep of some shape or form. Looked at several ML's in an attempt to keep it in the family. However, all I viewed went from leggy to dog-rough.

    Sooo.. I ended up buying a Lexus RX! FSH, all the conceivable goodies you could wish for (which work) and a one owner car. She came with an extra set of refurbed Lexus alloys and brand new tyres. One small mark on the driver's side, which I will have attended to and she is booked in with my local detailer once the paint is completed.

    Bit like driving an armchair, but it fits the winter car to a T.

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    £950 for part + £250 ish fitting :(
     
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    Congratulations.Lexus is more reliable than most other cars.
     
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    Thanks JP. I spent some time trawling the owners forums and any issues were minor and infrequent. Of course, Lexus owners may not be inclined to complain as a rule!

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    Lexus owners do complain, but not about things that MB owners complain about.
    Hybrids have no Starter,no Alternator, No Gears and no Clutch, so less to go wrong.
    They are exceptionally reliable. Mine is faster than most other cars,both at top speed and to 60,but nothing has gone wrong in 5 years.
    Do enjoy yours.
     
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    I shall. Many thanks for your kind thoughts.

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    Hybrids still have an internal combustion engine so they must have a starter and alternator, as for gears and clutch, well they have a CVT gearbox so yes, no gears in the conventional sense. They do however have a battery pack and some complex control electronics so there are different things to go wrong.
     
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