BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Sep 2003
Vehicle: SL500, ML320, E320
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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RE: Recalls on Ebay
You're right... there seems to be an increased number of factory buy-backs and you can't help but wonder if they're fixed now - -why weren't they fixed THEN so the owners didn't have to threaten litigation to get rid of a car with chronic problems?
Presumably, a technology "fix" cured the problem and the car is a great value. But you have to wonder if you might get stuck with a vehicle you later can't unload-- or will take a heck of a loss.
By the same token, a buddy of mine bought an `02 S500 sport that was a buy-back--got a heck of a deal--and hasn't had an ounce of problems in the two years he's had it.
I guess the only safe step to take is to conduct a thorough pre-buy inspection, car fax, dealer VIN look-up and weigh your options. They sure seem tempting, but I think I'd probably be inclined to pass....