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Age Appropriateness for E-class

Hi all, first post. I'm in need of a vehicle and on a fairly tight budget, so I've been looking at used cars, mostly '06 models. I've noticed a lot of E-class sedans listed at pretty low prices, but wonder if it's sort of age-inappropriate to drive that kind of car. I'm 25 and still in grad school for a few more months.

If I were looking at new cars, the C-class would be a strong option, but I'm not a fan of the previous model generation.

I'm pretty much down to an '06 325Ci or an '06 E350. In Flint Gray. Any opinions welcome.
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If you are on a tight budget, I would advise that you pass on the BMW and M-B, at least for now, and buy a Toyota or Honda. At the very least, buy a German car with the factory warranty in effect.

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If you are on a tight budget, I would advise that you pass on the BMW and M-B, at least for now, and buy a Toyota or Honda. At the very least, buy a German car with the factory warranty in effect.

x2. And I'll add always pay cash for cars and have money set aside for normal maintenance on any vehice you buy. Granted you may not end of with the latest wheels, but you'll be much better off in the long run. It's rare to find a car that is an investment, cars are a rapidly depreciating semi liquid asset, act accordingly, regarless of your emotions.


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I'm with the advice so far. It's not a matter of age but of economic wherewithal. If you can't write a check for a $1000 repair that is unexpected, you should probably not be driving MB or BMW vehicles yet. It is fairly dumbfounding to me that people (usually young, but not necessarily) will stretch their budget and credit to the limit to buy a very well used version of what was an expensive and complicated vehicle and then be surprised that repair costs are high and frequent. For the money you might commit to a used E350 you can buy a brand new Honda, Toyota, or perhaps even a Lexus entry-level and have money left over. With a full factory warranty and a vehicle known to be very reliable and trouble-free, you have saved yourself a whole plateful of problems as you work to establish your career.

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