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Post W220 vs. W203/211 - why price is almost same?

For a long time I'm looking car for long, more than 500 miles, trips.
Of course Mercedes.
I am considering to purchasing S-Class - W220 series.
And here is my question.
Why this car (still prestigious) is as cheap as the smaller C-Class (W203) or the E-Class (W211)?

C Class (W203) & E Class (W211) are smaller (especially compared to the longer version of the W220), less equipped and very often have huge runs (probably the taxis).

On the other hand S Class W220 has a lot of space, great equipment, visually almost always much less use of the interior.
In short - they seem to be better.

An additional advantage is S Class engines. Yes, with a larger capacity, but they are relatively simple and more reliable.
Most importantly, they are super comfortable.

Only Airmatic® suspension can be problematic and transmission for the S400 CDI version can cause trouble.

I'm interested in diesel engines (S320 CDI S400 CDI), but if I find a good car with a petrol engine that will be in better condition will consider the purchase - but only if the installation of LPG will be possible.

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Price for price the 203 will be newer and or less miles than the S. a newer car can mean less bills and airmatic can be a liability if it fails cost wise so a more simple car like a 203 has its pluses as it ages, plus its more efficient. But it's no s class

a 211 will probably the same but its a newer model.

The S320cdi is a very reliable one as is the 500. Watch out for rust on it.

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Used car market has it ways.
When buyers of new luxury car look for prestige and having warranty don't worry much about reliability, used car buyers value reliability and easy to repair the most.
I have other sample. W210 diesel were originally like 40% cheaper than AMG models. Now, about 10 years old AMG can be bought of 1/2 price the diesel sells for.
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Also the region of the used cars is a big factor.

The original poster is not in the US and used prices in Europe, Australia and Asia are substantially different than the US.
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And is not it true that the W220 is cheap to buy because it is expensive to keep (or even unprofitable)?

What do you think about S400 CDI version?

I do not fear a Airmatic® suspension and more than a hundred electric motors.
I care about absolute comfort.
And yes, I want it also to be a Mercedes.

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