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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-13-2009, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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It's been hinted numerous times that I should scrap my car and buy Japanese. I currently have a 1997 C 230 with 161 000 kilometers on it. It has had numerous problems, but most have been already re-done. I cannot just go out and buy a newer Merc like people tell me to so if I want to stay with the brand, this is the car for now. It is an improvement from my '86 190D, and for my second vehicle it's nice. If I keep this car will I have too many problems for it to be worthwhile?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-13-2009, 06:07 PM
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I'd look at it in terms that the car is (presumably) paid for, so your only costs are maintenance. If you buy a new car that's a substantial new/additional cost and even Toyota's still require maintenance. Since you are on a budget you will liekly keep the car for years, wich do you imagine will hold up best over time?

Every car is different due to it's service history but if it's been well maintained I'd keep it and just plan for the costs every now and then. There is a point where the money we put into our cars is more than they are often worth, but even paying a huge premium for mine over almost all others I looked at, I'm ok with it because it's such a reliable and safe car.


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If you can't afford the car, then you can't afford it. Don't try to be something you are not. Mercedes is not for everyone. Don't feel bad! Sell it, get something cheap, then save up money to get into a good Mercedes sometime in the future. There isn't anything more expensive then a cheap Mercedes, and you seem to have learned that.
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From my experience Mercedes are the cheapest cars to drive on long ownership.
Unless you are in snow belt and the car corrode -it will run easily for 40-50 years like cars I see quite a lot in my neighborhood.
You have solid base and that is what counts the most. Meaning that after spending some money on replacing wear parts you know the car will run fine for a while, not require repair on something else tomorrow.
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Canada is a tough place for cars.

I own a 1997 C230 & got "lucky" to find a nice one. It's not that had to get lucky in South Florida.

10 to 15 year old well maintained luxury cars pop up all the time.

It didn't even cross my mind to own an older low mileage luxury cars in Canada. You have to work with what you have in your back yard.

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Prioritize (date in the order that are needed) the solutions for the remaining problems, plus the immediate maintenance expected. Add the amount and compare to your budget. If it fits, without being the outlay needed to change the car, stick to it. It should be a matter of simple planning and time dedication (time is the replacement for money when you are on a budget).
Good luck with your endeavor.
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