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Question Reliability and cost glk 350

New here, so be gentle! Always wanted a Benz, and am driving my daughters GLK 350 with the thought of purchasing. it is a 2011 with 35k miles, and the warranty expires next March. Since i generally keep a car till it falls apart (currently driving a 1999 ford expo with 200k on it), i am wondering about the reliability of these cars (as well as Mercedes in general) and the issues i may face as the car gets older (beyond 50k). Right now i am experiencing sticker shock on having to buy new tires if i decide to purchase the car ($1k due to 19-inch size), and if this is a pre cursor to come i am not sure i will be able to afford this vehicle. Any advice will be appreciated, and i know that after the warranty you typically find a good repair shop to work on the vehicle. Just trying to find out if it will be spending more time in their garage than mine.

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You will find that reliability is a subjective term. Mercedes are equipped with technology that you will not see for several years in Fords, Chevys, or Toyotas. With this new tecnology comes problems that are costly to repair such as airmatic suspension, active body control which the GLK you are looking into may not have these options.

There is no question in my mind Mercedes are over engineered and optioned out. As my signature says, "Bells and whistles are thorns and thistles." Options such as power windows and doorlocks seldom give issues anymore. Keyless start, power hatch, 7 and 9 speed transmissions, all which are better, but still give their shares of trouble.

If I were you, I would look at her paperwork and see if it's been a problematic vehicle. If you see numerous repairs or repeated repairs for the same components, chances are you will continue to have these problems. As I discovered with a W164 I no longer have, it had 42 warranty repairs which you would've thought took care of most of the issues so I would not have had to worry about them again. But, the steering column issue, back hatch closure issue continued to give trouble along with a few others. But, I could point to my Ford truck in comparison, which has had 2 repairs, both under warranty, since I bought it new and both were leaks. One at the satellite antenna and the other around the cab brake light. In 66k miles, nothing else. I call that reliable.

If she's not had a lot of trouble, then it may be a solid purchase for you. But, it may be adviseable for you to look into an extended warranty.

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I recall a topic started by member who picked up new GLK with diesel engine and was really thrilled with it. That said, that model moved to top of my future list of cars, pushing E320cdi down.
Tires are not cheap anymore and I think a grand for low profile good brand tires is good price.
Just last year put new tires on my pickup and they retail at $1300, even I had a coupon that helped a bit.

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