Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1972 220 D, 1974 450SL, 1995 E300D 2002 S430, 1976 300D, 1986 SDL, 1982 SD
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From a build quality stand point, I would pass on the C and get an E diesel. The larger car has nicer seats for parking your butt in. The compression engine is just as quiet and a bit more powerful than a petrol, and gets better mileage on a tank. It will also be more likely to survive racking up big miles in a short period.
Get the ELW with everything delineated in ink, not just hot air from sales boy. If there are issues (which there will be) you have a legal document to back you up.
Resale on the C will be nil with such high miles. The diesel will be able to hold value, so that in five years, you can get some cash for it.
A recent discussion at a club meeting of owners of the newer cars centered on the prospect of very short life spans for the current crop compared to the classic Benz. The complex parts are far too expensive to repair, and lower grade build materials just do not hold up to use. We concluded that a fresh off the lot Benz is good for a decade before the cascade faults build up and you can no longer afford to throw parts at the issue. My latest adventure at the dealership made this very clear. The tech had no idea how to fix the car right and could not recognize factory parts.
IF you are gunning for investment property and income, go for a decent korean high end car. Cost will be much less, quality will rival the C class, and the new benz all look like Kias anyway
74 450SL - Froggy
'02 s320 - Victor
'86 300SDL - Polei
'82 300SD - Allen
'76 300D - Voldemort
'95 E300D - Cleo
'72 220D - Gump
'87 300SDL - POS SDL
92 300SE - #1 boys ride