Date registered: Dec 2005
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Should I purchase a Mercedes?
I am seriously considering purchasing 2 used Mercedes Vehicles within the coming year. However, I am curious what the costs are to maintain these vehicles.
Previous cars I've owned have been Audi, Volvo, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Saab, to name a few. My wife and I trade up our cars every few years (3-5 years). However, with kids now, we need more space. We currently own 2 Volkswagens: Passat and Jetta, which we just purchased last year.
We previously were a Saab family, which we absolutely LOVED! Very comfortable and sturdy cars. However, very expensive to fix when something went wrong. Interestingly enough, out of all the cars we've owned, the Volkswagen's have been the most expensive cars we've owned. I was amazed to see how expensive these cars are. I'm showing my age regarding when I used to drive a Volkswagen Diesel in college which cost me nothing to tune-up and fix. Which I rarely had to fix, because it was so sturdy and reliable.
However, here we are, considering a Mercedes. My wife really likes the Mercedes Wagon, and I the C320 3.2 liter sedan. It looks as though we can get these vehicles for a reasonable price second hand, especially considering what they go for new. My question is maintenance. What is the average cost for a tune-up on a 2000-2002 Mercedes. I know this may be a general question, but I am just looking for an idea.
I typically do my own tune-ups, and always have since I was young. I'm assuming I can still do my own general tune-ups on a Mercedes. Major tune-up issue's I take to my personal mechanic. Going to the dealer is just out of the question. We are in transition regarding starting a new business, so we are very budget conscious. We want the most for our money.
Can people give me an idea on what costs I should be aware of regarding owning a Mercedes. I like to have an idea of what I'm getting into. I know this may sound naive but, are Mercedes cars reliable? Are they mechanically sound? I can tell by the design that luxury and comfort isn't an issue, but mechanically, what do I have to look forward too? The most reliable vehicles I've ever owned have been the Volvo, Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen. Every car has it's little issues, what things should I look out for mechanically with these vehicles? Let's talk maintenance pricing here people. Talk to me.