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"1st. Mercedes purchase"

Gentlemen and or Ladies-
I need to draw on your experience. I'm considering purchasing my first Mercedes for my wife to drive on a daily basis. I'm considering a C-230 or E-320. The feedback I am getting from individuals is that I should reconsider due to the high cost of maintenance.
Am I correct in assuming that in order to maintain your MB warranty that maintenance / repairs have to be done at a dealership? I have visited the MB website and reviewed the maintenance schedule and all that is involved...seems pretty straight forward to me. I'm not a novice when it comes to an engine (have rebuilt-restored a few), but I'm definitely not a factory trained mechanic.
Any feedback I could get would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance!
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Gentlemen and or Ladies-
I need to draw on your experience. I'm considering purchasing my first Mercedes for my wife to drive on a daily basis. I'm considering a C-230 or E-320. The feedback I am getting from individuals is that I should reconsider due to the high cost of maintenance.
Am I correct in assuming that in order to maintain your MB warranty that maintenance / repairs have to be done at a dealership? I have visited the MB website and reviewed the maintenance schedule and all that is involved...seems pretty straight forward to me. I'm not a novice when it comes to an engine (have rebuilt-restored a few), but I'm definitely not a factory trained mechanic.
Any feedback I could get would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance!
I would vote for the E-class because it is a little more power and a little more luxury. Maintenance on MBs is not high for what they do and what you get. I'm sure it is more than a Ford or Chevy, but you should expect that. First of all, many parts are imported, and second, they are very high quality parts, relative to lower cost cars. Also, you should have a certified MB service dept. do the work. They are extremely well trained--another reason for somewhat higher cost--and you can usually count on them doing what needs to be done and doing it right. I think you will find that the MB is a MUCH better car and should last MUCH longer, so the relatively higher "cost of maintaining" an MB, IMO, is well worth it!

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You might need dianostic tools which could be expensive. Also keep in mind that the parts are expensive but for the cars you are looking at, I think you'll be fine.
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I would get the E-class. Parts are more expensive with a Mercedes, but most of the work can be done by the average DIY'er. This forum is a great resource for information. The "search" button is a great friend. I would find a good independant shop for more complicated work. If you tell us where you are located, I am sure a Benzworlder can recommend a good mechanic. I suggest you do a search for PPI (pre-purchase inspection) before you actually hand over money to a seller.

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