Date registered: Sep 2013
Location: New York
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Are late 90's-early 00's Benzes becoming beaters?
I have began to notice that many W202, W203, W210, and W220s are becoming beaters. Today I went to the Bronx and saw a W220 S500 with a mismatched fender and trunklid, fading window tint, and the three pointed star was missing. A while ago I also saw an S55 W220 with rust near the back bumper and many door dings and an early CLK with a crooked bumper and what looked to be a backyard paint job. These beater Benzes seem to be becoming more and more common, particularly in economically depressed areas, though most are C classes. I guess it is just natural that when cars get older and depreciate, some of them will be abused or deteriorate, but there is just something not right about seeing a Mercedes receiving the type of treatment which is typically given to Honda Civics and Ford Tempos twice their age.