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RE: First post- looking at a 1999 e230 wagon
My only Q is why consider any car with that many miles? There are many '99 Mercs out there with fewer miles, although I realize there may be circumstances that make this attractive to you, not the least of which would be a good bargain. Having said that, I offer this perspective: In Feb of this year I bought a '99 E320 for $17K, with 27K miles on it (Carfax vetted). The chances are excellent that a 27K mile car will have far fewer potential mechanical faults and if you do get the car for, say, $12k, it will cost much more than the difference from what I paid if you need a trans, shocks (if they're original, you will need new ones), other suspension pieces, brakes, etc. etc.
Also, a high mileage car ending up at an auction more than likely did not have a lot of maintenance in its "final" days including oil changes, tires, etc. Maybe you can see its service history if the car's books are in it. By the way, have you done a Carfax on the VIN? It's maybe ten bucks and it might avoid a headache for you.
Just my 25 cents' worth (inflation).
Good luck with whatever your decision is.
'99 E320 (bought 2/05 w/27K certified miles)
'04 V70R 300hp stock before chip, downpipe, etc