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Old 11-11-2016, 12:52 AM   #1
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Hi guys.

I've been looking recently to get an E55K W211 AMG.

Have absolutely fallen in love with them. Been watching the usual places, eBay, Autotrader and Piston Heads.

Going to see a few this weekend. What are the best things to look for specific to these models? Tips to easily check out the usual suspect features (complicated brakes and suspension etc)?

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Old 13-11-2016, 02:26 PM   #2
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No?

Saw one yesterday. It still had the original airmatic parts at 90,000 miles. It seemed to still work and slowly went up and down. Wasn't sure how quickly it was supposed to operate.

Is it normal for the side lights to be such a yellow colour compared to the xenon head lights?
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Old 13-11-2016, 02:35 PM   #3
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Yes sidelights will look yellow compared to the whiteness of the xenons. Both the MB parts counter in your local Mercedes dealer and aftermarket suppliers will be able to supply bulbs with a blue coating which makes them appear whiter. Good luck with your search.
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Old 13-11-2016, 02:41 PM   #4
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Thanks.

Something tells me trying to put LED bulbs there would be a mistake.
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Old 13-11-2016, 11:23 PM   #5
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Have a read of this
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The airmatic does raise and lower the car fairly slowly. Check its level on all corners before raising.


Edit.........Don't know if you have seen the adverts, but there are two members selling their E55's on the forum.
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Old 13-11-2016, 11:48 PM   #6
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Id highly recommemd having a fund for after purchase to put stuff you may have missed right.

Check for vibration under hard acceleration, vibs through the steering, any knocks clunks lock to lock, wondering under hard breaking, any lifting of engine wen gears are selected, ang movement of the gear leaver wen being driven. Usuall malfunctions srs sensors, abs, centre panel working below stereo etc. Any smoking on hard acceleration or after idling for a while.

All my struts had been replaced at 80k but I still had to sort a worn suspension pump.
I'm very picky with my cars but still I've spent over grand sorting stupid stuff out.
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Old 15-11-2016, 01:46 AM   #7
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All good advice, thanks.

Another thing. When these cars have their suspension raised, do they self-lower whilst driving around, or do they stay at that height until you lower them again? One I drove the other day lowered down again after driving. Was curious what it's supposed to do.

Yeah, I saw those. I've been in contact with one, as he left his mobile. But the other chap I haven't been able due to low post count.
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Another one I saw, sounded a little tappy under the bonnet when cold. It did settle down after a couple of minutes. I take it this may be normal when cold?
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Old 15-11-2016, 08:31 AM   #9
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Definitely have a find aside for keeping the car happy!

Don't forget that the car is essentially a 15 odd year old design so things like side lights will look a bit dated. Easy to make little changes like that.

I'm no mechanic so can't add much more but good luck with the hunt!
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Another one I saw, sounded a little tappy under the bonnet when cold. It did settle down after a couple of minutes. I take it this may be normal when cold?

They can sound very tappety when cold. This should settle within a few minutes = Hydraulic tappets.

Regular servicing is important with good quality fluids. These engines are usually bomb proof. The same cannot always be said of the ancillaries: AC, Alternator etc. Check that all the electrics work. If the side lights are not working? make sure that they do work and it is not "just a bulb", they are usually driven by the SAM and are not fused. A new SAM can be upwards of 350. AC compressors run at around 800 for a new unit.
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Another thing. When these cars have their suspension raised, do they self-lower whilst driving around, or do they stay at that height until you lower them again? One I drove the other day lowered down again after driving. Was curious what it's supposed to do.
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I'm uncertain of the exact speed, but yes the cars do lower once you reach that limit. Its how its designed.
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Old 15-11-2016, 02:13 PM   #12
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Very helpful guys, thanks.
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Old 29-11-2016, 11:31 PM   #13
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Well I finally pulled the trigger and picked up E55Jay's car he had for sale.

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Old 30-11-2016, 12:02 AM   #14
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I reckon you got yourself a nice car there Well done
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Very nice car. As much neatly trimmed bush as any man could manage. Life doesn't get any better.
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