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Date registered: Aug 2013
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Location: WA State, USA
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New to MB, requesting (used) purchase tips and advice: CLS, E-Class, CL-Class
First, thank you to the mods who maintain this forum, I consider it a privilege to be able to join and have access to a forum such as this. I belong to several other forums for various interests, and I enjoy being a part of each of one of them.
Another newbie, "labguy" recently posted a similar question, but I have some different needs/desires so I didn't want to hi-jack his thread.
I'm looking for a quality used car. I've never owned a German car before, but I'm a Preventative-Maintenance freak with all my vehicles and toys. While I'm not dead-set on MB...yet... I want to do my due diligence to make sure I select a good fit. I don't rotate cars frequently.
While I'm single now, I'm almost 40, and since I'm seeming to date single moms, when the right gal comes along, I'm going to need a car that can fit some kiddos in the back seat. I'm also a larger guy, 6'2", and a fit 235, so I want leg room and head room, and still have room in a back seat for some kiddos, or even an adult couple for the occasional group outing.
My budget: under 25K US
So far, I'm considering:
These sure look sweet, I sat in one and it fits well.
'07-'09 E class
I sat in one and I do fit in this pretty well.
maybe the CL as well.
haven't sat in one yet, wondering what the back seat is like.
Audi A6 and BMW 5-series
I know this is a MB forum, but I'm also considering them as well
I like the idea of the 2-door cars, the doors are larger, and easier to enter and exit the car, as I'll be the driver, and it'll be my daily driver/commuter, but keeping future family issues in mine, 4-doors is nice. MPG is also a part of my decision; I don't need AWD, as I have a truck for the occasional icy/snowy days, and I would prefer to have better fuel mileage and tire life over the performance of AWD.
I've done a quick internet search on the CLS and found plenty around the country that fit my budget, and most of them that are advertised as 'super clean', are hovering around the 100K mile mark. What kind of concerns should I have with that CLS (and 5 litre motor/drive-train) with that kind of mileage? What is the service interval on the timing belt and any other items? (tranny service, diff svc, etc)
While I'm a fireman by trade, I also used to be a full-time wrench, so I'll be doing my own maintenance and repairs. I still have access to scanners and such for reading codes, and diagnostics.
I'm not dead set on the models I listed, so if anyone has suggestions, I'm totally open.
Thanks in advance, and have a great day,