Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2000 W202 Mercedes-Benz C250 Turbodiesel
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
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Here's my take on things...
I drive an '85 W123 230E, on the brink of 200k miles with a full Mercedes-Benz dealership history.
Fact of the matter is, even though my car is in pristine condition, it's still costs me a small fortune annually to maintain, 2006 seeing me fork out about $2000 on servicing and repairs. However, that's still WAAAY less than having to pay a monthly installment on a new (but, let's face it, disposable) car. I admit that a car is not an investment, but at least I know that the money I put into it will prolong its life, seeing that there's no end to these cars.
But now, I will be the first to advise anybody when buying a secondhand car, to think twice before buying German. Let's face it, Japanese cars aren't as temperamental as German cars. Both countries produce extremely reliable cars, but in my opinion, the Germans only deliver this reliability if their cars have been properly maintained.
I will NEVER buy a secondhand German car unless I can see ALL its maintenance records, preferably by authorised dealerships.
So, Benz-o-mania, I do believe it's your own fault that you got the car that you bought. Reparation records simply aren't enough, no matter how much they were for. Maintenance is the key!
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2000 Mercedes-Benz C250 Turbodiesel