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Old 26-11-2016, 11:32 AM   #16
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Not sure how they got away with it, but as far as i know was not a VOSA recall, one that slipped through the net...it should have been.

When i took my old W210 into MB and pointed out it was safety critical related as failure causes catastrophic damage, my claim was quickly processed FOC, bearing in mind the car was 9 years old at the time..it was my local MB indy who pointed it out to me during servicing after i had bought the car.

Originally Posted by a111r View Post
Would have been a VOSA recall, if it was safety-critical.
Had to repair one of mine. Annoying and it was bad detail design - it shouldn't have happened.
Essentially it was a flat 'closing plate' over the drop forged cross member, so of little structural value; it held on the under-tray captive nuts.
(As noted by DM years ago, fwiw)

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Old 26-11-2016, 11:49 AM   #17
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to bad this E430 is low on power options.
if this car was previously owned by an MB guy, these dudes usually tick every options box on their new car order.

i always want my Benz to be loaded with power buttons.
i would never buy a low spec MB
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Old 26-11-2016, 11:53 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by funkyrobot View Post
Car is being advertised as rust free.
That's not how I would read it.

... a remarkable absence of rust. The bodywork is extraordinarily good for one of these.
(my underlining)

There's a receipt in the file for two new wings back in 2009
So those were presumably pretty bad ... it's unlikely then that the rest of the car would be rust free.

If you look very, very hard, you'll find three or four fingernail-sized blisters around the car.
So it sounds like it's potentially in good condition for a W210 rather than being rust-free.
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Old 30-01-2017, 03:48 PM   #19
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That was my car! Trust it lived up to the hype.
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1998, e430, w210

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