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$20K budget - what model/year/type should we buy?

We have $20K to spare, what kind of MB (sedan/SUV) should we buy? Thanks for your inputs. Please no jokes!
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RE: $20K budget - what model/year/type should we buy?

You can pick up a 2001 0r 2002 C320 for about $20K.

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2000 or newer ML320 loaded
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2000 or newer ML320 loaded
You're suggesting that the first two years of the ML should be avoided? All my research says several years of that model should be avoided.
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2000 or newer ML320 loaded
You're suggesting that the first two years of the ML should be avoided? All my research says several years of that model should be avoided.
Yes, the early MLs were very buggy and rittled with issues.
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RE: $20K budget - what model/year/type should we buy?

My 1999 ML430 has been going strong with no apparent issues and amazingly for Chicago, no rust.

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Not all 98/99 were poorly built but many were. MB did not correctly assess the start up time required for a new and untrained work force in Alabama. There are/were many defeacts in workmanship in the first two years. As a result the ML's do not hold their value as past MB's. This is a benefit to those seeking to purchase a low mileage used ML. I got my 2000 ML320 two years ago with 23k miles for $22000.
It now has 58k and is still worth $18000 or so.
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RE: $20K budget - what model/year/type should we buy?

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We have $20K to spare, what kind of MB (sedan/SUV) should we buy? Thanks for your inputs. Please no jokes!
Perhaps, you might tell us what your needs/wants/likes are. Then we might be able to point you in a more specififc direction.

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RE: $20K budget - what model/year/type should we buy?

Because you stated "sedan/suv" I will chime in that the ML really straightened out with the '02 and has the current feature set, but to get it for $20k would suggest being out of warranty. I would not buy an ML without one (trust me on this).

If coupe is up for consideration, the best MB buy in the world might be the c-coupe, and just a couple years old with a warranty. It would certainly be easier on the gas, and I think it is a great sunroof.

If sedan is the ticket, you could buy a brilliant previous generation e-class and afford to get it sorted-out and spiffed-up.

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You could find yourself a 1986-1991 W126 560SEL for the neighborhood of around $3-8K, and use the remaining money you have to fix up those little things that wear out on older cars, and you'll have a beautiful, reliable car that'll last you 20 more years without trouble.
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