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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-07-2010, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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I remember the line about 100 changes from when I was living at home in late 1999 when my mom was buying her E320 and that was what made her go with the 2000 as opposed to a 99. I do agree that they look better overall, however the 97 that I'm looking at is black on black, so things like the door handles and the black rocker panels look okay on it. I also found the carfax which shows that it has been maintained by the same dealership since new. It also has had the head gasket replaced, which I know is a somewhat common issue with these cars. It's most recent service B was also only about 2000 miles ago, again completed at the dealership.

Powerseller, I do hear your concern about future resale value. That is something to keep in mind because as I always intend to keep my cars long term, I tend to tire of them (hence the trade in of my 2008 Honda). However, knowing that maintenance has been kept up with and the fact that the 97 can probably be had for $3K or $4K less than a comparable post-facelift model may be enough to balance out the further depreciation.

The good news is that there is no shortage of these cars, and I am in no hurry to buy one, so I can always wait until just the right one is available.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 06:10 PM
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Paying as little as $2-3k more for a newer, more updated, more reliable and better quality 00-02 is very little to spend. You are not throwing your money in the trash. It will come back to you when you sell the car later.
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