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Date registered: Jan 2011
Vehicle: Present Stable = '09 CLS 550, '88 560SL ,'06 LR3 HSE,
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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welcome to the forum, as you will see it offers opinions and advice from owners of all class models and production years. here you can educate yourself easily on topics of what to look for when considering to purchase as well as common problems/solutions.
as with anything of age, and prior use - the maintenance history is of vital importance.
the fact that you state you have $8k to spend on a purchase is one factor but more importantly you will need to consider what repairs are or may be needed that you're likely to run into during ownership, many of which (repairs) can be highly expensive and particularly when you're reliant upon someone else to perform the repairs.
suggest you try to better determine what particular model type/series interest you then go to that section of the forum here and read up. i.e. it is not uncommon that someone could spend $8 purchasing such a vehicle only to discover it needs $,$$$'s worth of repairs
that being said, it is equally possibly you can find something that is in relatively good condition (the key being mechanical) just prepare yourself with knowledge on some of the more difficult/expensive types of issues...thus, what to look for as having been previously addressed by the current or previous owner(s), i.e. timing chains, chassis/suspension, etc.
Last edited by rewillia; 06-21-2012 at 10:20 PM.