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New Member Intro - E350 ?s
Long time reader, first time poster. Thanks for having me!
I'm about to purchase my first Mercedes but had a few questions for you experts before doing so. Want to make sure I'm getting the most for my money and not walking into any beartraps. It's been 7 years since I purchased a car (new or used).
My 2001 Acura 3.2 CL Type-S has been a trusted companion for many years. Bought with 44K miles in 2003 and still running fairly strong with 135K now. Some minor issues are lurking and with new tires, paint work, timing belt, radiator maintenance, etc. on the horizon, I think it's time to cut ties and purchase a new vehicle. They killed off the CLs and I pretty much despise how the 2009 + TLs look so I've expanded my horizons.
Came across a 2006 E350 that has the features I'm looking for and less than 30K miles. Selling price looks good and dealership (not MB but reputable) seems willing to play ball.
Any widely known issues with this year / model? Since I wouldn't be purchasing from MB CPO, it would only have about 8-9 months left on the initial factory warranty. After that, I think I could get an extended warranty through 100K miles for $2K or so. What should I look for in the fine-print if I get a third party warranty?
Anything else I should know or look for upon purchasing? Again, haven't bought a car since graduating from college 7 years ago and while that car ran well for years, I didn't exactly get a good deal back then.
I can finance if I'm offered a good APR and possibly pay cash if that shows some good savings potential.
Last edited by Mavsfan; 09-03-2009 at 02:15 PM.