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Is $4000 worth 50,000 miles??

I am looking to buy a 98 or 99 E 300 TD.
I can find one with 80K miles for $14k or another with 140k miles for $10K.
If the cars are equal in all ways except mileage is it worth it to spend an extra $4K for the lower mileage car?
Or would it be smarter to spend $10K and have $4K set aside for possible problems?
I currently have a low mileage Mazda Millenia that has been pretty much trouble free and is actually a pretty nice car. Am I nuts to sign on for a Mercedes and possible heavy repair costs?
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WOW. Those cars sure gain in value in last year. I bought my diesel for much less when it was 8 years old.
Coming to your question, 60k miles difference is nothing on those 1 million rated engines, but if you would sell the car in a year or 2, the common perception will allow you to recoup the $4k price difference.
If you plan to drive the car for 500,000 miles, like I do, the mileage difference will be marginal, while 4 grands is 4 grands.
I would make sure the cheaper car is in good condition, especially paint job, what is irreplaceable item on those cars.
Than negotiation comes to play. I bet the owner of more expensive car will be more willing to lower the price, than the owner of the cheaper one.
Good luck and welcome to the forum.
I see you did your homework and are going for the best drive on the market
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yes Kaj, that model does seem overpriced. Although in watching cars.com most of those cars have been for sale for months and not moving.
Now that gas is down in price and diesel is up I'm just not sure what I will do.
Price of fuel is just a piece of the puzzle.
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