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Should I purchase a Mercedes?

Hi,

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.
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They are not cheap even DIY'ers. Parts are expensive. Yearly maintenance on my 3.2 carrera is usually twice as much as on my w126. The w163 (including oil changes) is about $300 to $500 a year. In 3 or 4 years other costs on the w163 have been brakes, MAF and battery. All together I think that was about $500. Sorry I dont have any experience with the specific models you are looking at. You probably would have better luck if you posted a message in the forum specific for the model you are looking at or doing a search.
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Thanks Mike, that's a good idea.
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the w123 chasis 300D and 240D are the most diy friendly cars ever.. they can be reliable when they are up to maintence spec and kept there
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RE: Should I purchase a Mercedes?

One thing the other two guys failed to mention, is that all of these cars have 4 year 50,000 mile warranty. Depending on the year, it may also include service. Meaning, if still under warranty and still under service, the cost will be very minimal. I would go for a 2002 to be sure and leave yourself a couple of more years, plus you could consider extending the warranty to 6 year 100k.
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Thanks! Much appreciated!
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