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Old 10-05-2016, 11:21 PM   #1
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The Dad Tank - Merc E Class

So today I picked up a replacement for my Dad Wagon Saab 9-3.

I wanted a bit of daily Merc driving, I love the feel of my CLS but it's not practical driving a 6.2 V8 day to day, plus I don't want to whack the mileage onto it.

So here is my 2003 Mercedes E 320cdi. It has a 3.2ltr diesel and makes about 200bhp and about 360lbs-ft of torque so it properly shifts. It's done 102k but inside and out you'd never know it. Feels extremely defined and dare I say the engine actually sounds quite good when you give it some throttle...





Next to it's tougher, quicker but a hell of a lot thirstier brother...



Interior is extremely nice and has been kept well. This is as it was when I picked it up but I have given the plastics a clean and shampooed the fabrics this evening. Will vacuum it thoroughly tomorrow.





The car wears it's mileage incredibly well but is an honest car with a few stone chips (touched in by the previous owner), less than average mileage but everything maintained well and looks well cared for in general.

Next up will be giving the outside a thorough wash, to get some new plates on and get those headlights polished up!

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Very nice, looking good 2 Mercs on the drive

Look forward to the updates.
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Thanks mate. I'm very pleased with it, offers the comfort of the CLS, ease of an auto and an element of waft ability. Easy comfy driving means more to me day to day than tearing about.

I took it for a spin last night, that's some torque!!
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Looks good.

I reckon you will sell the CLS.
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looks like a nice merc you have got your self there
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Looks nice, don't these normally rot for fun? Yours looks to be a well looked after car indeed.
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Looks good.

I reckon you will sell the CLS.

That's just crazy talk. The CLS has similarities to the E but is in another league speed and looks wise. I wouldn't part with it.

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Looks nice, don't these normally rot for fun? Yours looks to be a well looked after car indeed.

Yeah they're meant to rust but this one seems to be rust free. The very inside lip of the arches has what could be the beginnings of rust so I'll treat them before they look like rust.

Thing is I think this car may have been garaged and pampered. Mileage isn't overly high, averaged 8k a year. Interior hasn't had a hard life either.

Oddly the only bit of wear is round the keyhole on the glove box. Only shows when it's lit up with the rest of the dash. May try painting it.
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That's just crazy talk. The CLS has similarities to the E but is in another league speed and looks wise. I wouldn't part with it.
My wallet would overrule my head.
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That's just crazy talk. The CLS has similarities to the E but is in another league speed and looks wise. I wouldn't part with it.




Yeah they're meant to rust but this one seems to be rust free. The very inside lip of the arches has what could be the beginnings of rust so I'll treat them before they look like rust.

Thing is I think this car may have been garaged and pampered. Mileage isn't overly high, averaged 8k a year. Interior hasn't had a hard life either.

Oddly the only bit of wear is round the keyhole on the glove box. Only shows when it's lit up with the rest of the dash. May try painting it.
When i first saw it thought it was a private plate, does not look its age at all.
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My wallet would overrule my head.

That's the sensible option but I am by my own admittance a muppet hahaha

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When i first saw it thought it was a private plate, does not look its age at all.

I was actually looking at dateless plates on eBay, Irish plates I think with DAZ 1234 that kind of thing. Not like I wouldn't admit the car is a 2003 but the shape doesn't look old if that makes sense.
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