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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-31-2004, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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thinking of buying 97 S320

this is a 97 S320 with 100,000 miles for $15,000. The car is really clean and looks and runs like new. Im not too familiar with mercedes but is this high mileage or not. Ive heard that mercedes can get 200,000 miles or more. is this true for this model and is this a good deal and is this a good model thanks for the help
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RE: thinking of buying 97 S320

The W140's a classic. There is a seperate forum on the site specifically for it and you should post your question there for a better insight. Depending on what part of the USA you're in (I assume, you said miles and not km's) 15k is probably a little high. Check Kelly Blue Book online for specifics. As far as will it last to 200K? It could. What's the history of the car? Do you know the seller? etc..I'll get a lot of flack for this I'm sure, but there's no way I would ever buy a car with that much mileage. Benz or not - that's a lot of wear and tear. That said, go talk to the folks in the W140 forum - they're the experts here. Good luck.
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RE: thinking of buying 97 S320

You should buy a S-class anything, Phat Benz....anything is better than the rebadged Dodge Neon you currently drive (C320).
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RE: thinking of buying 97 S320

It would be nice if you'd indicate your location in the forum - -in my view, that has an enormous influence on the value of the car. If it's in Arizona-- great.

If it's in Cleveland, Chicago or another city that uses salt on the roads in the winter--it's less of a deal.

I believe that `location' needs to be a mandatory field for new forum members -- - you really do a disservice to others by providing incomplete information in my view.


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G'day I can testify to Benz's high mileage ability I drove a 190 just over 700,000km I don't know what this is in miles but it's heaps more than the car you are looking at, and no it never had an engine rebuild a water pump, radiator shocky's and bushes but thats it. I have a friend with 480,000km on his S280 1997 model and the car still runs like new. To get mileages like this SERVICE them by the book anything less and any savings you have made will disapear the moment the first large repair bill comes in. You will hear people complain about the cost of owning a W140 but they forget that if you pay $200,000 for a car what did they think maintenance was going to cost. If you purchase wisely and do some maintenance yourself you will have a hugely rewarding drive for many years to come.
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