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Newb and potential Benz owner.

Great site you gents have here! I will likely spend weeks combing it. However...

So I have been researching my next car, the things I was looking for in said car were...
Pre-Owned
Safe
A sedan big enough for a family of four.
Big inch engine with some power behind it.
FR layout.
Reliable.


Initially I was looking pretty hard at the offerings from Chrysler's SRT-8 cars when I buddy of mine pipes in with "What about a Benz" well not just ANY Benz... but a SPECIFIC (very specific) Benz... an 07-09 W211 E63 AMG. Briefly going over it's Specs I would say it most certainly fits the bill for what I am looking for.

Thing is I know ALMOST nothing about Benz. Other than they have the greatest shade of silver ever painted on any car ever.

Other than this forum, are there some other locales that you guys could point me in to school myself a bit more on these cars. What to look for, what to avoid, books, tech articles, personal experiences.

Things like cost of ownership, are they more difficult to work on than any other car made in the last decade?

And yes (because there is ALWAYS one lol), I know how to use the "search feature" but also like to engage people in convo.

Anything will be helpful.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2015, 05:34 AM
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I have not owned the model you are looking for but I have owned a post merger AMG. I would head over to autohausaz and take a look at how much parts cost. I would especially look at things you know you will replace like brake pads and rotors. I am not discouraging you on purchasing E63 AMG but you should go into it knowing the cost of maintenance. They deserve to be maintained properly. I would also check out these sub forums:

W211 E55 AMG, E63 AMG - Mercedes-Benz Forum

W211 E-Class - Mercedes-Benz Forum



Good luck in your search. I hope you find a nice one. .....might want to check out the pre-owned one on MBUSA too.

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Great site you gents have here! I will likely spend weeks combing it. However...

So I have been researching my next car, the things I was looking for in said car were...
Pre-Owned
Safe
A sedan big enough for a family of four.
Big inch engine with some power behind it.
FR layout.
Reliable.


Initially I was looking pretty hard at the offerings from Chrysler's SRT-8 cars when I buddy of mine pipes in with "What about a Benz" well not just ANY Benz... but a SPECIFIC (very specific) Benz... an 07-09 W211 E63 AMG. Briefly going over it's Specs I would say it most certainly fits the bill for what I am looking for.

Thing is I know ALMOST nothing about Benz. Other than they have the greatest shade of silver ever painted on any car ever.

Other than this forum, are there some other locales that you guys could point me in to school myself a bit more on these cars. What to look for, what to avoid, books, tech articles, personal experiences.

Things like cost of ownership, are they more difficult to work on than any other car made in the last decade?

And yes (because there is ALWAYS one lol), I know how to use the "search feature" but also like to engage people in convo.

Anything will be helpful.
If cost of ownership is at all a concern, consider this: a brand new Charger SRT-8 stickers for less than what a decent four-year-old E63 goes for. Add to that that cars like the E63 are usually not bought to be driven at 55mph, and a used one, even one in good shape, starts to look even less attractive especially when compared to the aforesaid brand new SRT.

As for working on them, I doubt you'll be touching much of either one.

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I have seen E63's in that range go for under 20k ... Considerably less than a brand new...

well...
ANYTHING.

Also, I am quite capable of working with my hands ;-).
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Parts for AMG will not be cheap, but just last week I paid $70 for sway bar bushings for my Ford truck.
That is $35 a piece for D-shaped piece of rubber 50mm across.
I bought bushings for W210 a year ago and they were so cheap that I don't even remember cost.
Regardless what MB you will buy in US, if you take it to dealer - the bills will eat your 2nd mortgage very fast.
Start with finding reputable indy mechanic or get some good tools for DIY.

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I have seen E63's in that range go for under 20k ... Considerably less than a brand new...

well...
ANYTHING.

Also, I am quite capable of working with my hands ;-).
The hands are not the issue, the lack of various special tools and equipment is.

An E63 for under 20K is probably thar cheap for a reason...
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