Date registered: Oct 2010
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Which one to buy?
Hello BenzWorld, I'm considering buying my first Benz. I'm "frugal" (code name for CHEAP), so I'm torn between these options:
Car #1 1999 E320 one-owner with 33k miles (seriously), asking price just under $9k
Car #2 2001 E320 with 99k miles, looks like brand new, asking price just under $7k
Car #3 2004 E320 with 134k miles, comes with 'powertrain for life' warranty, asking price $10k
1 and 2 are silver, 3 is black. I like the styling and extra goodies on #3 (E211), but as a newbie Benz owner, I also like the idea of a lifetime powertrain warranty.
Is a 13-year-old car with 33k miles more prone to needy service items than an 8-year-old that has been driven much more but well maintained?
I'm used to Asian cars, so miles don't scare me at all. I've read both good and bad stories about "mercedes last forever" and "mercedes maintenance costs will eat you alive". I do most of my own wrenching, but have never touched a German car.
I drive about 35k per year (all highway) and I look forward to your suggestions.