Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: 99 Merc S420 (80k Mi) 07 Lexus LS460 (21k Miles)
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This model and year are to be avoided. They are unreliable and repair prone. The electronics are poor at best. The C class coupe isn't exactly a good all-around car either. I wouldn't touch it.
In this case, the BMW 3 series might actually be a better pick. If you get the last classic looking BMW's (before the stupid Chris Bangle crap), then you've got a fairly good car. They weren't super reliable, but were built better then the pre-face lift C class.