Originally Posted by Michael Pillay
There is nothing more expensive than a cheap mercedes.
I agree completely Michael. I did the same thing that e taylor is contemplating.
I kept watching the local MB dealer's used lot for a "bargain". When I saw a couple for less than $15,000 I bought my E430 for $12,900 (118k miles). This is still my "entry level" Mercedes.
The only thing they told me was that the sunroof didn't work, and since that was a $1,000 job, they had it priced to sell. It didn't take long for a few expensive probems to arise, PLUS, I discovered that it had been hit (but pretty well repaired) in the front end - this did not appear in the CarFax report
I now have more money invested in the vehicle than it's worth as a trade-in. I also will never be able to sell it outright and recover all of that money.
With that said, I still love my Benz! I'm just going to keep driving it for a while with my fingers crossed.
Bottom line: Be prepared to keep spending money on it. I hope you don't have to, but I sure did and still am (AC is the most recent issue)