2005-2007 V6 engines had a problem with the engine balance shaft gear wearing. Check if this has been done, if not it will need to be done soon. Rear air bags seem to last around 100K km. Check service history for transmission oil changes. Make sure command system is working Ok and there is no delay with the screen starting up. Listen for front suspension noises, bushes are prone to wear. Have a look at the brake disc rotors for wear. SBC brake unit can fail at any time, see if you can see a date on it or if the owner knows if its been replaced.
Thanks for this detailed response, much appreciated.
Posted my reply before looking at the add, thinking about a bit more, if you can find a 2008 model it would be worth paying a bit more and not have the worry about Balance shaft or SBC problems, Benz deleted SBC late 2007 and went back to vacuum brake booster setup. I've never liked the feel of the SBC brakes.
We looked at the car but didn't buy it due to the balance shaft issue. But we like the s211 so will wait until a better 9ne come up. Thanks again for the tip on this.
Im assuming a 2004 E320 or E240 don't have this issue so we are loooking for one of those or an 08 350. (or a car where the repair has been done)
Yes, the M112 is near bullet proof. What was your impression of the SBC brakes ?
It will have a regular ESP/ABS unit in the same place, + it will have a large vacuum brake booster that the SBC cars don't have. The picture is an SBC unit.
Just got a text from the seller saying that he has agreed to my offer.
So looks like my wife just got a new car.
Now I need to get Jerry to fix a scrape on the side of her Lexus so I can sell that.
If anyone is looking for a 2 owner Lexus GS300 (2000 model) I will have one for sale soon.