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Used Benz buying advice.... HELP

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Looking to buy my first Benz. Don't want to spend too much... there are a LOT out there for $5000.00. Looking for a time span of late 80's to late 90's. I'm sure some are much better than others. Some I should just stay away from?? Probably want to stay with the straight six engine. I heard it was bulletproof. ALL advice; what to check, look out for etc... is MOST appreciated. I can't wait
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The inline 6's were good, but the 98+ V6s are more economical and torquey. The biggest thing I can tell you is that you need a carfax and a service history.

The most important items are oil changes every 3000 miles (more if synthetic was used) and that the transmission fluid was changed every 50k or so.

But its always a good idea to have a mechanic check the car out before buying from an individual or "honest bob" dealer. But if you are buying from an authorized Mercedes dealer you stand a better chance of finding a cream puff with a proper service history. The MB dealer wouldn't put a car on his/her lot that wasn't a cream puff (usually) because it would detract from the prestige of the Mercedes brand.

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If you don't want to spend 'too much', then a Mercedes is not for you. Any MB that costs $5000 is sure to require loads of work, either as soon as you purchase it, or as time goes by. You need a Honda or Toyota.
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You can get a nice w126 for around $5000. One just sold on the Sales Forum for $5600. Keep a look out for one and check out the FAQ sticky on the w126 forum.

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