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My daughter might be buying a used Mercedes which set me thinking about what SDS checks are possible or advisable before purchase. Running the so called Quick Test for current and stored faults/events is the obvious starting place but what else? Is it possible to see if the odometer has been "clocked" for example or even things like how often service items (oil changes) have been addressed?
 

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You can check the MOT history on the DVLA website. If you are purchasing from an MB Dealer ask for the Digital Service Records which will tell you when, what type of services and the extent of the service.
 

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First, scan the car and delete all the errors if any then drive the car and scan it again to see if any return.
For m272 engine, you have the balance shaft problem

for m271 engine, you have the intake/exhaust sprocket problem
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. It was actually looking at the MOT history on one vehicle that raised a concern. From its first MOT onwards the annual mileage was very (very!) low yet looking at the photos the wear on the pedals would suggest the mileage could be much higher than the 17,000 displayed on a 7 year old car. I perhaps incorrectly understood that mileage info was held in more than one control module so wondered if the instrument cluster odometer reading could confirmed in some way. Of course the mileage could have been genuine and I was just being extremely over cautious.

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