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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-11-2015, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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This is my first time on your site and hope I'm posting in the correct spot.

I just saw a sales posting for a 2004 Mercedes-Benz c240 for $800.

Here is the posting -

240 4matic. Great car. No rust. Minor damage from accident. Torque converter is going so will probably need to be towed unless you love close. Fabulous little car. Steal of a deal if you do the work yourself or know a mechanic to do it at cost. 212000 miles- get her going again and she will last another 200000. Great car!!!?!!

Would this be worth looking into? I believe there are at least two Mercedes Dealers in my city that could work on it. I'm not sure if my local guy works on Mercedes. I would have to wait until Monday to talk with him.

I obviously would need to take it in for an estimate, however, the fact it's not really running, I would hate to pay for a tow just to have someone look at it.

Run or stay?

Thank you for any assistance you can offer!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2015, 04:51 AM
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Personally I'd run. If the torque converter is that far gone the transmission is probably filled with metal also. At that point you not talking a few bucks but many bucks to fix a car with more than 200 K miles.

Many here will tell you that the most expensive Mercedes is the "cheap" Mercedes.
Not for me.
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Even if that car was free, it will cost you tons in the long run. I am thinking not just money but the frustration of having to deal with the repairs. It would make more sense to spend the money upfront and get a well cared for Mercedes that does not have major issues.

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You seem kind of excited at the thought of finding this car and it's hard to imagine why. If it's the price, most of the time, you get what you pay for.

With the mechanical issues, high mileage and prior accident (minor or not), you'd probably be getting more headaches and expense than anything. I'd run.

When out on the road, it's always best to watch out for Pot holes, Sink holes, and those other Holes!

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Go for the best benz you can afford and that makes your heart flutter. Find one with no issues that will cost you cash before you can drive it.

Stay away from the bottom of the barrel cars and look to spend around $5k. Anything under $2k is a parts car unless you are blessed to be a superb mechanic


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there has to be better ones for sale out there
dont rush into a bad purchase


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Negotiate it down to $500, part it out and make a grand.

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