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Old 02-22-2015, 06:54 PM   #1
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Considering an E55 (w211) - Input Welcome

I'm strongly considering the purchase of an 05 E55 (W211). The car appears to be clean, no accidents, etc. Still yet to do a PPI, but the maintenance potential is my cause for concern. Reading through forum posts gives some insight, but really it varies on a car by car basis.

Car has 70k miles on it and I don't drive more than 4k / year, likely selling it after 1-2 years and moving onto something else.

Given my usage I think it is probably a pretty low risk move, plus since there won't be many miles I could potentially break even if the deal is good to begin with.

My intent was to buy an old 4Runner and somehow I've convinced myself I can delay for 2 years and drive an AMG if it doesn't cost a mint.


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Old 02-22-2015, 06:57 PM   #2
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I had a w211 e55. Main problems back when I had it was that one of the cooling pumps for the supercharger would fail and cause heat stroke. Cheap easy fix if I remember correctly.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:57 PM   #3
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:58 PM   #4
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HUGE upgrade. Do it.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:04 PM   #5
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Im trying to remember the common problems with the car, there were a couple but im sure in the 8 years since ive owner the car, they should have it worked out by now. www.mbworld.org
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:13 PM   #6
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Im trying to remember the common problems with the car, there were a couple but im sure in the 8 years since ive owner the car, they should have it worked out by now. www.mbworld.org
How long did you have it? I've seen quite a few threads on S/C bearings, pumps, and airmatic issues as being the common items to look for on these.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:20 PM   #7
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epic car, solid motor. Biggest issues are airmatic blows and your fuel expenses will rise quite considerably.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:24 PM   #8
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I didn't have it long enough for bearings to start failing. It's starting to come back to me. The pumps were always an issue. But an a relatively easy fix if I remember correctly. Airmatic was a problem across the board for Benz at the time. If you're unlucky enough to get a car with airmatic problems. It's expensive. My friend actually had the Star diagnostic tool and lowered my in minutes. Which I thought was pretty neat.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:52 PM   #9
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if you drive it less than 5k miles a year and are dumping it in a year, just do it.
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Air Suspension, supercharger-related components, and lackbof clutch pedal.

I am sure there a lot more smaller issues.

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Old 02-23-2015, 12:09 AM   #11
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if you drive it less than 5k miles a year and are dumping it in a year, just do it.
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Jesus **** I just looked at the prices and some can be had for about 10 grand Weren't they equivalent to the E60 M5?
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Jesus **** I just looked at the prices and some can be had for about 10 grand Weren't they equivalent to the E60 M5?
what are you even searching for? i'm not finding barely anything under the "e55 w211" designation.
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what are you even searching for? i'm not finding barely anything under the "e55 w211" designation.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Ben...US_Cars_Trucks
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i think you found the only w211 e55 in the 10k range...and it's from 2003.

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i think you found the only w211 e55 in the 10k range...and it's from 2003.
I don't know first result that popped up on google
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it's incredible how much and how fast german cars fall in price....i mean i'm not really looking for a new(er) car but this might be too good to pass up....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Ben...US_Cars_Trucks
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I had a 2003 E55 for about 3 years. For being a 4 door boat it is extremely fast. I averaged about 18mpg. The motor, transmission was rock solid. I had problems with a small leak in an airmatic bag and a wheel barring issue.

Just make sure you check the car out really really well. And you will not be disappointed. Like someone said before, best car I've owned so far.

I sold mine because it was close to 100k miles on it, the repairs were adding up and I needed to add an "all season" vehicle to the fleet.
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i would avoid...some bmw did better at the nurburgring so you better get that bmw.
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Thanks for the input so far...I think whether I proceed or not will depend on the result of the PPI unless I have doubts about whether or not it is a justified purchase. I don't technically need it, but I think if I can lose little to no money over the course of a year or two, then dump it for my next vehicle (probably a 4runner), I'm close enough to justified in my head
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