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Hello - potential purchase, am I mad or not?

Hi, just joined from good old east Yorkshire UK, as potentially going to buy a 2009 300c tourer.

What should I look for, going tonight for a butchers at it.

2009 3.0 crd tourer 41k, full history, 2 owners.
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Mad - yes but that's necessary at least in part to drive a car that's too big for UK roads but that goes for all of us here!!

A few thoughts to get you going....
- front suspension is a weak point. Clunks over rough roads. Usually bushes and/or ball joints need to be replaced (mine lasted 60,000 miles but that can be less)
- engine should be quite quiet (i's an old Merc OM642 engine) and oil leak free. If you have access to a code reader think about taking that with you and plugging it in
- transmission should change smoothly with no clunks. You can tap the lever to drop up or down a gear on your test drive
- check the parking brake, if not used they seize up. Again an old Merc type. There's a pedal where the clutch pedal would be which should push most of the way to the floor smoothly. Pull a lever on the dashboard below the light switch in front of your right hand to release, check the light on the dash goes out when you do
- electrics can let old 300c's down. Do a thorough check including for example - the warning lights on the dash and check all the usual electrical features of which there are lots: windows (should auto open and close smoothly), locks, mirrors, seats (movement and heating), lights (new HID bulbs on headlights aren't cheap - but the stock headlights are good), check the orange marker lights at the sides of the front bumper light up (a pain to replace the bulbs); rear parking sensors (should beep at you and light up above the rear tailgate), cruise control (that's on the extra small lever behind the steering wheel) sunroof (if it has one) and of course the uconnect (radio and nav system).
- almost certainly there will have been recalls for airbags (Tata) which should have been done. Also some model years (not sure if that affected 2009) had replacement Fobik keys (the big plastic ignition key)

I'm sure you'll check the bodywork; wheels corrode otherwise our cars are usually pretty good body-wise. Tyres aren't cheap

Hopefully some other UK members will drop by and add the things I've missed

Good luck let us know how you get on

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I should have said don't let the list put you off they're fantastic cars!
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Cheers mate, fine tooth comb look over then!! Do they suffer the dpf downfalls of other diesels or are they more tolerant?
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I've not heard of DPF issues and had a quick search on the forum here and there are only one or two example of "DPF" coming up. There's a regen mode which kicks in well before there should be problems if you don't regularly do long journeys.

I did forget the swirl motor issue which these merc engines suffer from (earlier cars more than later ones as they improved the turbo inlet pipe) though the Custom300c guys sell an emulator fix: Link

Also a few more things to think about:
1. check the alternator has had a shield fitted Thread. The problem if you pour oil in the engine and some leaks it goes straight onto the alternator with the expected (bad news) result!

2. fuel pipes. if you smell diesel under the bonnet check the condition of the fuel pipes that go from the filter in the middle of the vee on the top of the engine and down the side by the alternator (front left i.e. driver's side as you stand looking under the bonnet from the front of the car). They come loose/wear and need tightening/replacing. not a big job. Again they can leak onto the alternator with bad consequences for the alternator

3. turbo outlet. There's a green O ring (link) which takes all the pressure on the outlet side of the turbo. An easy fix, if it hasn't been replaced you might see an oily residue where the shiny metal pipe comes off the turbo. To see this and (2) you'll have to lift the engine cover off

4. under bonnet wiring. While you have the cover off the engine look at the big thick cable that runs across the engine on the right hand cylinder head cover. That rubs on the aircon pipe which can cause codes to be thrown. If the car's been cared for it's likely this is wrapped/otherwise protected

4. starter exciter. Unlikely to be an issue on your test drive but you'll come across it one day. the terminal on the exciter wire to the starter corrodes and stops the starter working when you turn the key. It's a simple bit of soldering to replace that with a better/newer one to avoid getting stuck (many of us learned about that the hard way)

Sorry lots of small things but worth checking to make sure you get your hands on a cared for car (or get one needing some love for the right price)
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Had a good look round best I could on dealer forecourt, no signs of any leaks pressed every button, hand brake was ok, test drove lovely, nice n quiet, cruise worked ok , wheels corrosion free, couldn't take engine cover off but looked best I could with torch, looks nice n dusty lol, it didn't look 10yrs old at all!! Has fsh, 41k, 2owners, mine for 6950, is that about right? Cheers
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Sounds nice! Assuming it's a facelift with a black interior?

Price isn't too bad I've just part-ex'd my 2008 saloon for not much less that that though mine had 80,000 miles on it
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Yes it does look really tidy, it's also got Boston stereo upgrade? black leather interior, not sure about facelift, how do I tell? Ta
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Just done a forum Search on facelift, it ticks the boxes on what was changed from pre to post facelift, so reckon it is.
Right weres my cheque book, anyone want a mint 350z roadster only 39kmiles lol
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Easiest way to tell facelift is black vs light grey seats so it's not an old model with late registration, that's nice. Boston stereo is not bad as a stock system. Nicer thay the later Alpine in my opinion
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